Sunday, July 17, 2016

April's Goings On

A couple of days into the month our daughter Lacey, her husband, Clayton, and our granddaughters Alle and Ella came down for a visit and to pick up Clayton's river boat out of the quonset. It is always special to see the kids no matter what the excuse is.

Alle and Grandma

A little ice cream therapy is always good for you.
The rest of April was taken with enjoying the great spring weather we were having, getting my annual physicals out of the way and roaming back and forth to deal with Brenda's CRPS. I also managed to get out and do a little photography. I have most of the roads for 20 miles around Dogpound North re-driven and did some night shooting as well.

Some star trails with a little Aurora photobombing the bottom of the shot.

Moose Mountain south of us.

Rail bridge across the Kananaskis River at Seebe.
And then of course at the end of April we made a jaunt up to Rocky Mountain House for the Anderson girls birthday. Both Alle and her mother Lacey were born on the same day, different year, but same day so that makes it a natural for a double party.

The Birthday Girls

So that wraps up April in my quest to actually get this journal back on track. Hopefully as we get into the more recent past I will actually be able to actually remember some details, but till then enjoy the rambling.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Summer Solstice

June 22, 2016

Well the sun has hit its high spot this year and is on its way back south so I thought it was time I put some words together just in case there is still anyone out there.

Last time I wrote we were just contemplating our northern migration. We headed north but did manage to stop along the way and have a visit with our friends Dave and Linda Modahl at their Lazy D spread west of Seligman, Arizona. They have built a beautiful spot up there and all their hard work is starting to pay off.

Dave, Brenda and Linda settling in for Happy Hour

Our spot at the Lazy D Ranch

After a couple of days visit with the Modahl's we loaded up and headed north for real this time. We found ourselves in the rodeo grounds in Spanish Fork, Utah that first night and with an early start the next morning we were in Great Falls by shortly after noon. After a quick fueling stop we decided we might just as well head for Dogpound North as it was easily reachable before dark.

It has been a nice spring here in the land just north of summer this year. Warm temps and fair winds, but not a lot of moisture either. We have been watering the lawns here at DPN for the first time in a lot of years. We usually get enough rain to keep things greened up fairly well but this year we are having to supplement the meager rainfall.

July 16, 2016

As you can see my good intentions kind of went all to naught, but recently I have been looking back over our old journals looking for names and things of places we stayed, travelled or ate at, and the value of having this record is pretty apparent so if only as a historical reference for my slipping memory I will try to do a better job of updating. It is also another venue to put some of my photographic endeavours so those of you who follow me on Facebook or Instagram or Flickr may find it a little repetitive.

So taking up where I left off we got home the day before Easter and Easter Monday was Becky's birthday and they came out to see us here at Dogpound North.

The Tomasirs

Before the end of March I was able to make a run out to the Yaha Tinda. While there I ran into a herd of elk, probably somewhere between 200-300 head, as well as some wild horses along the drive out to there.

Wardens Rock and part of the elk herd
Now that has caught the future forgetful me up to the end of March and we will see how I do with April.