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From October.

Two women, three dogs. Lots of fall colors.

Ok, I admit it. I haven’t been editing my photos for the last month. Today I will start to get caught up so here is the first of a long string of new posts.

It’s going to seem like I was out and about a lot during October and it’s true. Sky had been recovering from a shoulder injury and we just started getting out for walks and hikes on October 7th for the first time in weeks. We – me, Sky and Luna – were all out of shape and longing to be out in the hills before winter set in. Our first short walk was to Bear Creek to admire the fall colors. Both girls wore their orange vests in case we ran across any hunters.

Betty and I and Dixie and Sky had a nice walk around the ranch. It was good to see that everything was intact after 2015’s fires and this spring’s flooding. Like so many of my closest friends, Betty and her husband and animals had to evacuate their home in the face of the dangerous fires. I think all of us carry around some PTSD because of it.

They grow hay on the ranch and have been working hard to rehabilitate some of their fields. In the past horses were used to run the equipment but now they rely on a tractor. Two of the old horses are still there living out their retirement. Sky gave them a wide berth. Horses are big scary animals for her.

November 1. How did that happen? October has been very colorful and also very wet. I’ve heard rumours that we have broken records for the amount of rainfall. In the mountains where we hiked earlier in the month, the trails are covered with a foot or more of snow. I’m glad we got out when we did. Here in the valley we should be able to hike in the hills for another month or more.

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