Monday, July 11, 2011

Spin Cycle: Puppies and Unicorns and Sunrises, Oh MY

The Spin Cycle this week is, literally, "puppies and unicorns." Jen helped us out by this explanation, "What makes you smile? What brings up your spirits?"

Here's the puppy (who turned four this year) who makes me happy and brings up my spirits. He is the sweetest, happiest, most fun companion. His job is not just my spirits, but the entire family's. And he is good at his job. He's had a lot of practice at it these last 18 months, and is sometimes responsible for keeping us grounded through the unbloggable.


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For a little extra boost, the Border Collie and I take hikes with views. You folks have seen this one before.

I'm sharing my favorite rest stop with you. Half-way up (OK, actually about every 20 stairs or so), I stop and rest. My favorite cactus and the sunrise.


There are extra visual treats, like watching these giant birds descend from the hill and fly up and out to the ocean for their day. If you look close behind the cloud, you can see the moon.



When we get to the top, this is our view. Imagine doing your morning sunrise yoga to this. On a clear day, you can see Molokai and Maui on the horizon.


There's my puppy again, sniffing the wind while I sit down to take some deep breaths. I put on my I-shuffle and listen to this while I set my mind on the horizon...........




For more spins, head on over to Jen at Sprite's Keeper.

19 comments:

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Kristan said...

Aw, Riley's gonna turn 4 in October! And he sometimes sniffs the wind, too.

They're the best. :)

Lovely hiking views. Do you walk BC off-leash?

Jan said...

*sigh* I wish I were there with you and BC...

Sprite's Keeper said...

Gorgeous views! And gorgeous BC! I think that if Blue were to look at those stairs, she would find a way to make me carry her all the way up. Lazy mutt.
You're linked!

Mama Badger said...

This is why we need a dog. And to move to Hawaii. Ok, I'll settle for the dog.

Linda said...

I have a Happy Dog too but I can barely drag my sorry, fat butt up the driveway hill, LOL! Beautiful views & scenery. :D

Brian Miller said...

some lovely views there and a great friend to spend them with...what more can you ask for?

Bernie said...

What a lovely way to spend the first part of a day. These are beautiful scenes.

Like your dog too. Sounds like a lovely time.

Michele said...

Okay, That's it! I'm bringing your book over and that's all there is to it. I would love to do yoga there.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

WOW! I've missed you. Thanks for the walk. ;-)

ds said...

Wonderful walk, wonderful companion, and a wonderful, meditative song (which I needed).
Thank you.

Kathy said...

ahhhhhhhhhhh I needed that. Thanks. :)

Patty O. said...

Wow, beautiful pictures! Where do you live? Paradise?

Great spin.

Gaston Studio said...

Oh, I love that last photo with Riley sniffing in the wind!

And I love your take on puppies and unicorns; from the same species, aren't they?

Pearl said...

I'm with Gaston. Sniffin' dogs are a pleasure to watch.

I, too, practice yoga on a regular basis. :-) Keeps me flexible and stops potential crabbiness in its tracks!

Pearl

hillgrandmom said...

What a beautiful place to do yoga! Does BC keep quiet when you do the yoga?

formerlyonlyamovie said...

I love this. We just got back from a little hike in our town. Pretty, but not pretty like your town.

:-)

Of course, I was taking photos for my puppy-enhanced spin...

xo

DuchessOmnium said...

Aren't border collies great dogs? I had two, until the older one died of old age and the younger one of diabetes. But they also drove me crazy, always herding me. No one could leave the flock, and they followed me into the loo... I used to say a burglar could break in, no problem. But just let him try to leave!

Kate said...

Dogs always make such great happiness! I also love the first view...just beautiful!