Sunday Sermon

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

Leonardo Da Vinci







–Leonardo Da Vinci

Sunday Sermon

This one is for F:

“The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it—basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.”

Charles Bukowski







–Charles Bukowski



Happy Anniversary to the freest soul I know.

Beth & F, Alta Ski Area Summer



Review: Zuke’s Hip Action Dog Treats

While we were at Outdoor Retailer, we learned about Zuke’s dog treats. Made in the USA and based out of Durango, Zuke’s uses human grade ingredients in their treats. Reading through the pages detailing the philosophy of Zuke’s, I found myself nodding in agreement. “Adventures in life and love are all around, just follow your dog’s lead and open your eyes to opportunities. Our favorite adventures are those that start as nothing, like when a jog in the park turns into an all-out frolic in the creek.” Yup, Sprocket definitely agrees! And they pay their employees to not drive to work, how cool is that?

Sprocket with Zuke's Hip Treats

Since Labs are predisposed to hip displasia, we worry about Sprocket’s long term mobility sometimes. Zuke’s makes a treat for that! Packed with glucosamine and chondroitin plus eggshell membrane (which is packed with nutrients that support joint health) Hip Treats are made for dogs just like Sprocket.

Zukes Hip Action

Furthermore, he finds them absolutely delicious. (Actually, he knows the phrase “Hip Treats” now.)

And if the video wasn’t enough to convince you, I give you “Hover Dog”:

Hover Dog

Sunday Sermon

“It is very important that you only do what you love to do. You may be poor, you may go hungry, you may lose your car, you may have to move into a shabby place to live, but you will totally live.

And at the end of your days you will bless your life because you have done what you came here to do.

Otherwise…you will do things only for a reason, to please other people, and you will never have lived. And you will not have a pleasant death.”

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross







–Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Sunday Sermon

“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.”









–Søren Kierkegaard

Little Trip to Durango, 3Up Style

Sometimes, although not often, we have to use our gas money not for driving to a trailhead or for Jeeping at 13,000 feet but to go to a city and take care of those “big city” shopping needs. For what was on our list yesterday, Durango (population 17,000) fit the bill.

We’ve teased Sprocket about stopping at Andrews Lake several times but we had some extra time and we know how much our puppy loves swimming. Turns out it is a beautiful spot. Just far enough off the highway to be quiet but close enough (less than a mile) that it’s an easy stop along US 550 (“The Million Dollar Highway”).

Mountains from Andrews Lake

Engineer Mountain

Andrews Lake

Andrews Lake

While Sprocket was swimming, an older gentleman and his dog came down from the Crater Lake trail. Sprocket and the pup had a blast running and swimming together. Finally, though, it was time to hit the road and keep heading south. Sprocket promptly gave us the sad, “But why am I not swimming anymore?” eyes.

Sprocket in the Jeep

After running errands in Durango (and an early birthday lunch at the Indian buffet), we headed north. It was a bit late in the day to plan for a hike since thunderstorms could threaten anytime so we chose to take the Old Lime Creek Road as an alternative to US 550.

As soon as we turned on to the road, we saw this sign and had a good laugh:

Forest Service Sign

The road wound up past Scout Lake where we all looked for moose and Sprocket contemplated how great it would be to splash around in the shallow water:

Sprocket with swamp

San Juan Mountains

After Scout Lake, the road climbs a bit more and the views open up to Lime Creek’s valley. The road is on a shelf high above the creek giving some amazing views of the surrounding mountains.


When the road came down to meet the creek, we noticed an abundance of beaver chewed trees. As we poked around, it became apparent this was one busy beaver! Poking along down the creek we found his two dams and the beaver lodge. Sprocket was really thankful for that pond!

Beaver tree

Beaver Tree


F and Sprocket, beaver tree

Old Lime Creek Road reentered US 550 just north of Coal Bank Pass…and just in time for us to stop off at Molas Lake for Sprocket to do some more swimming. Standing next to the lake looking around at the mountains everywhere was perfect.

Molas Lake

Views from Molas Lake

On our way to Silverton, we tried out a new dirt road. For awhile, we thought it might actually reenter the highway. Instead, we hit a cliff looking down onto the pavement… We got a cool view of Silverton though!


It’s nice we have such pretty Alpine Tour Co. Jeeps to adventure in, no?

Alpine Tour Co.

Once we hit the road out of Silverton, Sprocket’s content sleeping said it all: there’s no such thing as a bad day in the mountains.

Sleeping in the Jeep

Sunlight on Red Mountain

I forgot my camera so all photos from my iPhone.

Ouray County Fair: Labor Day Parade


Monday was Ridgway’s Labor Day Parade so the fuzzy child and I stepped outside to go enjoy the spectacle. As part of the Ouray County Fair and Rodeo, there were plenty of horses to go with the awesome assortment of random small town parade entries. (Including a semi-truck advertising ice cream?)

Rodeo Queen

Rodeo queen attendants




Sprocket at parade

Local businesses





Semi truck in parade

Ridgway Fire Department kids train

Ridgway Fire Department

Ridgway Fire Department

Ouray County Fair: 4-H Animals

Saturday, we had a chance to head over to the 4-H center to see the animals. Ouray County has a rich ranching and farming history and it was fun to see all the 4-H kids animals on display. There were pigs, cows, chickens, rabbits, and sheep in the barn. I had a lot of fun taking pictures!

Ouray County Fiar

Ouray County Fair

Chickens, Ouray County Fair

4-H, Ouray County Fair

Ouray County Fair

Ouray County Fair

Cow, Ouray County Fair

Market Steer, Ouray County Fair

Market Steer, Ouray County Fair

Ouray County Fair

Ouray County Fair

Ouray County Fair