Addendum to previous blog from Bridgeport

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

To all our loyal blog followers, my apologies for the last hastily written installment.  My editor (Ilana) has informed me that there were no pictures of people, very little said about the Santa Fe portion of the trip, and that the first sentence, (We are now in Santa Fe) was misleading, as that was a month ago that we were in Santa Fe.   Oops.....
     It was wonderful to be back in Santa Fe in July and to see our friends, Bob and Judy, who are gourmet cooks and former business partners at the yogurt shop, and Lorraine, our artist friend, and Patricia and Nolan.  Bob and Judy, who live in a house west of town with spectacular views of the high desert and surrounding mountains, put us up in their guest bedroom for a few nights, spoiled us with fabulous meals, and together with their border collie, Lacy, hiked with us on a few of the local trails. 
     We followed them to a nearby sheep ranch where Bob is training Lacy to herd sheep, which is a little easier than trying to train a monkey to tap-dance.  Herding is in their genes, and it's great exercise for them.  It's following commands that is the hard part, and the fact that sheep are about as excitable and manageable as a covey of quail.  The dog has to respond to commands for when to hold them and when to fold them; that's Bob's job and it's not an easy one, especially with the dog wanting to respond to it's instinct to chase willy nilly this sheep or that when they split off in different directions.  It was fascinating to watch the two of them learning to function as a sheep hearding team.  We had no idea how important teamwork and training was in the process.   If you think you're a patient person you should try this as a test of it.  You might be surprised.  Both owner and dog did very well in our estimation.
     Lorraine is also a docent at the Santa Fe Opera house, a world-class outdoor opera that attracts people from all over the country for the entire season.  She took us on a backstage  tour of the facility to see and hear about the costume making, props department, hair and makeup, elevators, sound stage and all the rest that goes into making a professional opera. 
Thank you all our Santa Fe friends for your wonderful hospitality and for a memorable stay.  We love you guys.
     After Santa Fe, we traveled to Southern California where we stayed in my Sister-in-Law's brother, Don's, driveway in Yorba Linda for a week while we worked on doing some repairs to my Dad's house, now a rental, in Lakewood.  We had a couple of great breakfasts with Don at the nearby Pancake House, where Don got his favorite, buttermilk pancakes, and we got ours, the apple pancake, which is baked in the oven and comes out as a big souffle with fresh cut apples and cinnamon on top.....sumptuous!  We also spent wonderful time with My brother Larry and his wife Susan, who  live in Huntington Beach, and their two daughters, Tracey and Debra.  I had a great outing with Debra to the cinema to see the last Harry Potter movie, which was the best of the bunch.  Debra is off to CSU in the Channel Islands to work on her art degree and Tracey is off to Costa Rica for a month before heading off to Boston to pursue her graduate degree in neuro-psychology.  Thank you family, we loved our time with you, and good luck girls!
     The RV park we are staying at here in Bridgeport is also big on the ATV scene as there are hundreds of miles of riding trails in the desert around the Ghost Town of Bodie.  A week ago a California ATV club came to the campground for their annual romp.  They covered almost a hundred miles of desert trails in one day and came back covered in dust and mud; just a bunch of big kids with big toys running around like dogs off the leash.  Yahoo!
     The owners of the Park, Alan and Veronica, are wonderful people.  They found a dog cowering under their house here a few weeks ago and coaxed it out with food, took it to the vet for shots and adopted it.  It's a border collie with an unusual name and Chance and him have become the best of playmates, are just gonzo for each other.  They wrestle, swim and play tug together till they nearly drop from exhaustion.  I was having some trouble remembering the dog's name so I made up a little limerick to jog my memory.  It goes like this:

     There once was a lady who cried,
     "My dog always likes to hide!"
     So she gave him a name
     She could call without shame,
     And now the dog's known as....."Clyde."

So there you have it, a blog with people in it, and dogs, which is after all a more worldly presentation of the world as it is.  Of course there's no guarantee that the next blog will have only nature and fish in it, which is a more accurate presentation of a fishing addict's view of the world.  Either way, you'll at least have an idea of where we are.
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Martina on

Gee guess you did not see us at all when you were back here lol I know you saw little of me...

Veronika Pottasch on

Clyde is missing Chance! ...and Alan and I are missing you. What a great read. Thanks for sharing Marty!

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