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And on the 8th Day…Part III

This is my third and I think final installment of my series of posts celebrating my one year anniversary of living in Colorado by sharing some of its natural geologic beauty.

If you are just joining us, here are the previous two posts in this series:

And on the 8th Day…Part I

And on the 8th Day…Part II

Today’s post is about a recent hike (two weekends ago) at Castlewood Canyon State Park.

And let me kick off this post with a photo I took early in the hike that I think is quite lovely (I forgot which smartphone camera settings I used, perhaps “Sepia”):

2020-04-10_11-42-11_276 (1)Although we did not hike into this specific area (the site of the remains of Castlewood Canyon Dam), Wikipedia has some interesting history on Castlewood Canyon State Park:

The park retains a unique part of Colorado’s history, the remains of Castlewood Canyon Dam. Visitors can still see the remnants and damage from that dam which burst in 1933. The event sent a 15-foot (5 m) wave of water all the way to downtown Denver resulting in a flood.

My partner John and I brought Mike the miniature schnauzer with us, and once again, as in photos in other posts in this series of posts, Mike got to hike in the backpack:

2020-04-10_12-03-07_2942020-04-10_12-30-58_602IMG_20200410_132042Yes, Mike is one spoiled miniature schnauzer!

With social distancing in place, hiking was a bit tricky when we got to narrow areas as if there was another set of people walking by we had to get at least six (6) feet away from them. This got a wee bit cumbersome during the hike at times, especially if there was a large family group hiking.

During this time of social distancing, I always wonder if dogs think that humans just do not like each other any longer, as they are always avoiding one another as much as possible!

You cannot sit at any of the park benches or picnic areas (they are closed off during the COVID-times) but we did have a nice picnic on a large rock next to a stream during our hike.

2020-04-10_12-15-53_5262020-04-10_12-15-57_8972020-04-10_12-30-16_017As you can see in the first photo, Mike looked on as lunch was prepared and eaten, wondering why he was not invited to the feast (we did bring dog treats and water for him of course)!

I will close out this post with some of my favorite photos from the several hour afternoon hike at Castlewood Canyon State Park in both color and black & white. Thanks for virtually sharing this hike with me!


23 thoughts on “And on the 8th Day…Part III”

  1. Thanks for sharing these pictures. They are always enjoyable, but especially now that we are staying inside so constantly. I do walk in my neighborhood (and the weather is perfect in South Mississippi right now) and I am 100% happy to self-quarantine to honor and protect heath care workers. Seeing and vicariously walking along with that precious Mike just makes me sing!

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  2. Your picnic looks amazing; just what I need to dream of the big outdoors! Is is wrong Mike steals the show? He looks so casual on John’s shoulders, like: “yeah, get a move on, human! I don’t have all day.” Lol.

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    1. Thank you and I’ve already printed out a couple and framed them and someday when I feel bold I think I will do a wall of my favorites in decent frames (I used free frames found neighbor post garage sale trash picking at first – ha!)


      1. if you are like me you will be wanting to change the display all the time (putting newer photos in, etc. it sort of gets to be a visual diary in process). Not to put words in your mouth but I have observed you enjoy the process of creating displays as much as having them (I love how much you enjoy arranging your fabric). So I bet you’ll be updating this a lot. I think it sounds so fantastic, a wall of them – beautiful, and memories, all together.

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  3. Beautiful photos as always. Mike just cracks me up. I don’t think Razz is worried about humans disliking each other; I think he thinks I am loving him more than ever. He has a birthday tomorrow and his is going to have an entire day with mommy!


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