At Lytton, Mitzi and I turned onto Highway 12, a route I'd not taken but which I knew had one very winding, steep single lane section, the result of a rock slide a few years ago. It also had several places where the risk of slides was sufficient that no stopping was allowed. There are tall bare or sparsely treed slopes rising on one side of the road, and dropping to the river valley below on the other. In winter, it isn't a road the average driver in the average car wants to take, but in summer I was willing and eager to experience it. It was definitely worth it! The views across the valley were amazing, the road had virtually no traffic, and the feeling was of being on top of the world.
I continued on my way, enjoying every moment of the drive, stopping very briefly where permitted to take a photo or two or three. I took the photo below as I was leaving Lillooet on the return trip, but now is a good time to show you the road I traveled - the fine white line cutting through the bare mountain side:
We arrived safely at Del and Mark's, and set up the x-pen in the shade for Ms. Mitzi. Del brought King, Lady May and Mollydawg out one by one to meet her. Mollydawg was most inquisitive and the most excited about having a visitor come to visit her - HER - and really wanted to say hello.
Mitzi was not interested in being social and retreated to her crate, so we let her
King was easy to photograph, and my only difficulty is deciding which of about twelve favourite shots to post.
King is my favourite Turtle Gardens Rescue dog (but don't tell the others), the sweetest, most benevolent leader of any pack I've ever met. I love him to bits, and it is clear Del does too. And King adores Del:
Princess Mollydawg was confined to the deck for awhile, but posed nicely while trying to tell us she REALLY wanted to go meet that little fluffy thing I brought with me.
Lady May was willing to sit for a few photos, but she was far more interested in chasing the ball, ball, ball, ball.
|BALL BALL BALL BALL BALL!|
After a delicious lunch, we decided to try for a photo of all three. An exercise in futility, thanks to the irrepressible Princess Mollydawg. It went something like this:
|Everyone say CHEESE!|
|Mollydawg: Cheese? Did someone say cheese? Where? Over there?|
|King: Molly, you get back here!|
|Molly: Pssst, King, there's a cat behind you!|
Mollydawg: BWHAHAHAHA! Made ya look!
|King: I'm gonna tell Mom|
|Mollydawg: I hate this!|
|You suck, Auntie Jean!|
|Oops, sorry mom. Sorry.|
|Oh boy! |
|Lady May: Not sure why she's getting any.|
She was the one who kept wrecking the shot!
|That's the best we can do - -|
even for treats.
|Time for a rest!|
|Can we go back to the campsite now?|
Thanks for a great day, Del, Mark, King, Mollydawg and Lady May!