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After patiently waiting in the car while I went snowboarding for two hours, I guess she had to take her energy out somehow. Thinking I’d get her nice and tired, I threw the toy over the snow bank and down the hill, and was immediately overcome by guilt when we both realized the snow was too deep for her and she quickly got stuck and looked pleadingly at me with that scared look in her eye. So I trudged down, pulled her out of the hole, and pushed her back up the hill as I crawled on my hands and knees, every now and then plunging past my knees and filling my boots with snow. If you’re looking for an adventurous workout for you and your dog, this one combines cardio and lunges with fear, guilt and wet socks. Perfect, right?
 

Hank

02/05/2009

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My roommates have named the two local red tail hawks Hank and Henrietta. Because the winds were pretty strong today, they were particularly active, soaring around, catching the currents, swooping close to the yard and driving the dogs crazy. I love knowing that some wildlife still goes strong after we build huge neighborhoods in what were once wild lands. Although red tail hawks are very common throughout the west, they still make me happy every time I see them because they really are gorgeous birds. And while it’s not that often we get to see other types of large birds of prey, these guys are pretty much our neighbors. Only we actually see them.
 

Brighton

02/03/2009

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This is my friends’ dog, Brighton. See how his eyes are getting all sleepy? He’s taking a cue from me here because I’ve been spending A LOT of time in that chair right behind him, soaking in the warm desert sun and taking a break from the computer. I won’t lie. It’s pretty spectacular. It’s probably because of the lack of snowfall, but I’m craving warm weather right now and can’t wait for my Bishop trip next week. I’m not planning on flashing any projects or pushing my limits bouldering – let’s face it, I haven’t really climbed since summer. But I’m going to love every minute of the warm Bishop days full of sunshine and gorgeous views, even if I’m only climbing V0s.