Category Archives: Dogs

Jefferson Lake

The girls and I made another trip to Jefferson Lake. The lake formed in the caldera of an ancient (hopefully dormant) volcano about 70 miles from my house. July and August are about the only time one can visit and hike up there as the elevation is high enough that there is typically snow the rest of the year.

We hiked around the lake’s four-mile shoreline. On the side closest to the parking area and boat launch there is a trail of sorts worn into the side of the hill by anglers. Once you reach the far end of the lake the trail is less used and it disappears into the vegetation. The far side of the lake shore is a mix of gravel and boulders and is fairly difficult to navigate on two legs. The dogs’ low center-of-granity and four legs definitely had the advantage in this realm.

Since we were in the area I drove up to the top of Georgia pass and hiked around with the dogs there, too. They even met a couple other dogs up there before it started raining and we headed back to Denver.

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Sweetwater River Ranch

My friends Joanie and Dave recently purchased a campground in southern Colorado between Ca├▒on City and Salida, the Sweetwater River Ranch. I had not been down for a visit yet so the Independence Day weekend seemed like a great time. Luckily, Dave was able to find a tent spot for me and the dogs across the river (the Arkansas river).

I wouldn’t normally stay at a campground when I can camp in a spot away from other people so this was a bit of a change for me: no climbing out of the tent at 3 am to have a pee, at least not close to the tent. I also couldn’t just open the tent flaps and let the dogs roam at 4:30 am — but that was not an issue as they were so tired from swimming in the river.

The tent spots across the river are accessed by a 100-yard suspension bridge. Once you have crossed a few times you’ve learned how to walk to prevent the bridge swaying from side-to-side. Lucy had no issues with the bridge but Fabi was hesitant to come back across the bridge to the office buildings so she swam instead. Multiple times, in a swift current of high melt-off water.

We visited some other friends that live in the area and hiked a bit but the majority of the weekend was spent next to the river, or in the river diving for rocks in Fabi’s case.

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A Doggie Door To Slightly Lower My Stress

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The doggie door was installed in the back security door on Saturday morning. I had to wait a little over a week since the special tempered glass panel had to be custom-ordered from out-of-state. Now that we have a doggie door you would think that all is wonderful at our house… but you would be wrong. I still have to use the old gates at the front of the driveway to keep the dogs in the yard. The fencing company called to reschedule the fence install to 10 July — two and a half weeks from now. While I have no issue stopping the truck to open the gates it does make the whole concept of a garage-door opener a little mute. Thankfully it is not winter now. With the gates closed I can let the dogs play in the backyard while I am working during the day without constantly letting them in and out of the door.