This is what happens when you get so far behind in posting and in life in general and you still have 2 hours of chores before you can collapse into bed. You have to promise yourself that you will take no longer than 15 minutes to write and post pictures to bring folks up to speed over the last few weeks. We’ll see what nefarious grammatical, spelling and style errors transpire.
Working backwards — “Socks for a Gentleman” are finally complete. Knit with a variation on the toe-up, heel gusset no-stitches-picked-up pattern at Wendy Knits. I kind of like the way the centered “bi-gusset” kind of cradles the heel. (What if I wanted to use this in a published pattern? How do I do that legally? I know folks use Barbara Walker stitch patterns and such all the time, so there must be a way.) I’m without a travel project on needles now — will rectify in the AM as I fly out tomorrow and will have freshly wound yarn pucks and dpn’s in toe. (Hardee Har Har! I’m so funny, I crack myself up.)
Played mandatory golf fun today. This is where the boss puts together “golf fun days” to which you are not required to go, but to which it may be a good idea to go — hint, hint, hint…if you know what’s good for you. You know how it is. We did have a good enough time, but it would have been far better if it hadn’t consumed almost the entire day when I have so many other things to do.
Yesterday was superb…went hiking on Pikes Peak. This was a sidelong entry to the mountain. We didn’t go to the crest (seen in background of photo of very outdoorsy and photogenic couple). Rather, we drove part of the Pikes Peak highway to a turn off called Elks Park — altitude about 12,000 ft. Then we hiked into Barr Camp (where the chipmunks are very friendly) on the side of the Peak — altitude about 10,000 ft. Then we hiked back out. Distance in about 6.5 miles…ditto on the way out. Though technically only a 2,000 ft. change of elevation, the trail went up and over several ridges to get to Barr Camp, so I’m thinking altitude change was more like a total of 8,000 feet up and down the same altitudes. This was my first real hike since the orthopedist said I was allowed to hike on my Achilles tendon, so it may not have been that smart. (Thirteen miles of pretty rugged terrain isn’t the wisest idea for a test hike.) My defense is that it was peak aspen weekend and this was my only real chance to see them up close before they faded. It was also the last weekend that our very, very good friends Mary and Bill moved to Florida, so there you go. I am paying for it today. The aspens were absolutely stunning…these few pics don’t nearly do them justice. I was wise enough to not climb 360 rock — a lookout point just off the trail from which you get an amazing view of the valleys on both sides of the mountain. It’s 80 feet or so tall and a semi-dangerous climb, so for once I sided with discretion. It did mean I got a great picture of Dale at the top.
Last weekend was a blur…a shorter hike (like maybe 2 miles?) at the home of some friends…was lovely, but nothing to compare to yesterday’s Oh WAIT A MINUTE, that was the hike at which I discovered I am now allergic to wasps and bees. After the severe local reaction and overall body hives, itching and redness, I am now the proud owner of two epi-pens and the strict instructions to not spend time outdoors without having them and the accompanying benadryl and tagamet on or near my person. (I had no idea that tagamet is a big assist to the effectiveness of benadryl. Now there’s news you can use!) I may be able to be desensitized with a 3 to 5 year long series of shots. Oh boy.
On that Sunday we went to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. I got to pet a giraffe. Dale was mauled by a bear. We were amused to learn that meerkats don’t always stand around on alert…sometimes they sit around on their butts. (No, that’s not what you think…it’s a tail!!!) We saw a fierce grizzly and were informed on how to behave in bear country. More news you can use!
The previous Sunday we were in Hurricane Operations…but we did sneak out for a nice walk (I can’t really call it a hike) around Blue Stem Prairie reservoir. A very close-by and easy jaunt of about 3.5 to 4 miles. We saw many prairie dogs. (This was a good thing or I would have been sorely disappointed when the prairie dog exhibit at the zoo was bereft of any doggies. I wonder…have I ever seen prairie dogs in any zoo prairie dog exhibit? Is this all just a zoo-goer scam???) In the distance a pronghorn antelope was totally bored by us. A beautiful giant elk crashed through the brush…but I was too slow on the shutter. When we came home we found out that there is a warning out regards the prairie dog fleas as they are active carriers of bubonic plague. We didn’t share this fun fact with our friends who had come along with us — our next door neighbor Sylvie and her lovely daughter Katrine. They are Canadian and we’d hate to have them think we invited them to join us with any ulterior motive.
Okay…that was far more than 15 minutes, but I did have a lot to say. I hope you found it informative and enjoyable! I will now click “publish” and as I have no intention of correcting lay-out or other errors, what you see, is all I got!