Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Down the Road with Smooch ~ September 2010

Every day, almost without fail, Smooch and I go for a walk. It's a toss-up as to who enjoys it more. For Smooch, it's an opportunity to sniff out what's happened around the fenceline in the past 24 hours; for me, it's an excuse to step away from the keyboard during, or after, a crazy day.

I usually don't take my camera but have decided that once a month it will be worth the extra weight around my neck to record our walk for posterity. Assuming I follow this regimen every month, and assuming I remember to blog about it, and assuming I still have a blog, it will be fun to look back on the chronicle of Smooch-walks through the ages when I'm old and gray older and grayer.

Post processing: 1. PW's Old West action at 65%; 2. MCP's High Definition Sharpening action

Date: September 6, 2010
Route: East to county road and back
Distance: 2.5 miles
Time: 5ish - 6ish pm
Temperature: 81 degrees
Humidity: 35%
Wind: yes
On the iPod: "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" from Sept. 4
Attire: Sneakers, shorts, long-sleeved shirt, baseball cap
Observations: Pasture grass high and dry; tumbleweeds taking over the road; neighbor's cows still rude.

Post processing: Photoshop had nothing to do with this


  1. Now that was really interesting and it definitely looks like Smooch was enjoying herself.

    What a hoot the last picture is ... so glad I had just finished my coffee moments before I viewed that picture!

  2. Yeah, you are pretty funny and the cow is rude.

  3. The last photo made me giggle - and boy did I need that! Smooch is very handsome!

  4. I could slide back and forth over that cow photo for hours of enjoyment.

  5. HAAAAA!!!!!! (Ditto what Cheryl said....)

  6. Love the rude cow!!! But, truly, what a beautiful place for a walk.

    Nancy in Iowa

  7. Don't you just hate when cows are rude? Love the header photo!

  8. Your photoshop skills are amazing! I can't believe you had the nerve to say anything about maybe NOT having a blog in the future! That would be a sad, sad day Carson.

  9. 81* + 35% humidity can mean it's a tad bit sticky.

    I love "Wait, Wait".

  10. Nothing makes a walk or a hike better than sharing it with a dog.

  11. I really enjoyed your post. Loved reading about temp, wind (is it always windy there?) and what you were listening to. One of my favorites!
    Rude cow is hysterical!

  12. Ah, these will be a wonderful collection.

    And you have another pic for your tongue coffee table book!

  13. Date: September 7, 2010
    Route: Home to Place of Work
    Distance: approx. 25 km.
    Time: 9:10 a.m.
    Temperature: 14 degrees Celcius
    Humidity: Oh, yea!
    Wind: Yes
    No music - Just voices in my head.
    Attire: No iron shirt, dress slacks & umbrella.
    Observations: Looks like autumn arrived while I was away, the workmen have arrived and I am not even remotely interested in going back to work.

  14. What a great idea! Smooch looks exceptionally beautiful in the first shot.

  15. tongue in, tongue out...tongue in, tongue out...tongue in, tongue out...

    Hee hee, wheeee!!!

    (Love Wait, Wait; not surprised to learn you're a fan.)

  16. Great idea. It's interesting what might be ho-hum everyday-ish to us...other folks love to read about. Never a dull idea out there, just opportunities to record it sometime go down the tubes!

  17. I slid back and forth a time or two myself! :)
    Logging your walks is such an incredible idea!

  18. Great idea! Is Smooch the kind of dog you can let run loose while you walk? Or is she like mine, he wouldn't come back no matter how much I begged him to.

  19. I enjoy walks like that and my dog loves it. Dogs make a walk better.

  20. Sphinx, Smooch is on a leash at all times once we go out the gate. There's no way I can keep her from chasing jackrabbits. And cows. And antelope. And snakes. She's a very good walker, though, and stays by my side except for the occasional arm-out-of-the-socket pull when she sees something chaseworthy.

  21. She is so beautiful. I love Smooch.

    I always walk my dog on a leash. He's a terrier (terror) and a butterfly is enough to send him off and away forever. Also his looks scare some people and I think it's best for his breed to always be on leash. Even though he's a people lover and at worse might sit on someone's feet to hold them captive and get some petting.

  22. Oh My GOODNESS!!! The last photo was an absolute hoot!! I'm pretty sure I could have worn out the mouse by rolling over it a few thousand times!! I love to go walking with my mini Border Collie; she loves to explore and pretends to be quite "ferocious", all the while hiding behind momma while barking?? Love the photos!!

  23. Neat idea, especially with the details recorded.