Gypsy was 13 years old in May. The photo below was taken when she was just a pup and getting a little defensive of the dog food which Frank, Kenny’s iguana also enjoyed. Gypsy was a third dog…no, not my plan, but these things do happen…but she was always the “alpha” dog! Always!
In August Wally took me to Georgia Pass to have a nice look at the wildflowers. Georgia Pass must be one of Wally’s favorite spots in Colorado. It is pretty and we almost always see some wildlife. At the top is the Continental Divide and the Colorado trail runs across it. We camped there many times when the kids were still at home and we had our ATV’s. When we have out of town friends in, a ride to Georgia Pass wows them! It’s the spot Wally took Ben and Andrea when Ben first visited Colorado and he and Andrea were just getting to know each other. It’s a place where Wally has dreamed of hunting his big trophy elk.
We took Gypsy along with us on this outing and I’m glad now that we did. As I put this post together it is not really “Georgia on my mind” so much as it is Gypsy. On Labor Day weekend, while Wally was out of town, I had to take Gypsy to the vet and put her down.
This is how Gypsy always liked to ride…she wanted to be up front where she could see. Years ago when we camped with our ATV’s Wally made a little basket for her to ride in. But it was on the back and she always wanted to be in the front…on your lap with her paws on the handle bars. She was riding along on Wally’s console like this until we hit the four wheel drive parts of the road. We got her to sit but her focus was still "up front.”
Georgia Pass has beautiful views of Colorado’s mountains wherever you look. Keystone Ski area is visible to the south (Wally tells me these things, I just turn and look!) and Breckenridge to the west. Here is Breckenridge.
I took this picture for my kids. This road is now blocked off, but we used to ride all the way up and across the top of the divide.
Wally brought me to see the wildflowers and we were not disappointed. It’s funny to be posting these photos now because we have snow in the forecast for tomorrow! I’m not sure I’m ready for that yet.
This is kind of a funny photo. We are walking along in the middle of the great Rocky Mountains, enjoying the beauty, when, can you believe it? Wally’s cell phone rang! When he looked at the ID, we had to answer. It was Mr. Rausch, an elderly friend from our church a few years ago. He now lives in Pennsylvania and he had heard about our twins. You gotta take a call like that where ever you are, right?
Gypsy was mostly Wesley’s dog. When he left home for school and summers as a camp counselor, she sort of came to me. She had a funny little personality. When you talked to her she would look at you and turn her head as though she really was trying to understand. She was a barky little thing, part of that alpha deal I guess. Wally was the one who gave her the ear rubs and played with her. But she followed on my heels all day long. It’s been a month now but when ever I come home I still expect to see her waiting on the landing of our steps to greet me. Funny how those furry little critters crawl into our hearts!