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Trees, Horses, Dogs, and Pig

Summer road trip. Day 22 Thursday, June 23, 2011

Jerry and Brother Keyes took off for a couple of hours, leaving me the car. Off I went to the golf course where a little more than a year ago when we were here, I “met” the most magnificent trees. This is my favorite, as beautiful today as it was in winter when I first saw it with completely bare branches.

At the golf course, I suddenly saw two dogs dashing across the fairways, and then onto the side dirt road where I was creeping along in my Jeep. I think they were runaways, for although I watched their antics for 10 minutes or  so, I did not see any persons associated with them. Then they ran in front of my car, I rolled down the windows and pointed my camera their way. Love this picture. The first dog seems to be faintly frowning at me; the second is hiding, peering at me through a bush. Another picture of them is on my photography blog.

Leaving the golf course, I turned left on Hoopes Road for a little exploration. In a field set against the mountains I thought I glimpsed a horse, and seeing there was a place along the road to safely pull into, I parked my Jeep and got out. I saw movement among the trees and bushes and began to call to the horse. Shortly, here came two.

I am attracted to horses, and if I had been reared around them, I believe I would be a great horse-lover. But, although I really like them, I am afraid of them, so when they came up to the fence, I wanted to pet their noses–and did–but tentatively, and with hesitation. I think they were expecting treats from me, and I felt sorry I didn’t have any, especially seeing how they had been to prompt to come when I called.

They looked like this when I left. Think they wanted me to stay. 🙂

The pig? We ate him! Delicious BBQ. 6:00 at the Safford’s home. Homemade apple pie straight from the oven with Blue Bell vanilla melting into the succulence of the dessert.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

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