WEEK SEVEN: BABYSITTING!


CONTENTS
Rearview Mirror - Summary of the past week: Great Dane and a “Great” Grandson
Pups Across America! - Our latest canine encounters: Meet Jackson
RV Gourmet - Jan shares her on-the-go culinary secrets: Not this Week
Favorite Photographs - Pick pics, pointers, and ponderings: Infrared Jerry
Travel Tools & Toys - Gadgets for fun and productivity: Not this Week
Camper’s Corner - Thoughts on were we stayed and other RV topics: Not this Week
Headlights - Our schedule as to where we will be heading: Parker then Southwest

REARVIEW MIRROR
Start: Chief Hosa Lodge and Campground, Golden, CO
Stop: Austin’s Home, Parker CO

Sunday
In the morning Grandma and Austie went exploring and running errands in the car while I worked on the computer. Around 1:00 we all boarded into the car and drove the 40 minutes to Austie’s parents.

Tubbing It
We had some brunch and I drank the obligatory glass of Sunday champagne while taking a hot bath in the Helman’s tub. This is one of the very few things I miss when out roughing it in our motorhome :’>>>.

Sightseeing
After saying our goodbyes to Austie and his parents, we took the long way home, admiring the mansions and estates in old neighborhoods in old downtown Denver. We cut across on Highway 40 through old sections, new sections and those in-between. As we got close to our campground we decided to do a little more exploring so we went up Lookout Mountain stopping at an old mansion and then checking out the visitor center of a mountaintop nature preserve.

We decided to make late Sunday afternoon date night, so we drove past our exit stopping at a long-established Mexican restaurant about half way to Evergreen. Leaving the Pups in our shaded car, we entered this establishment and I enjoyed fish tacos complimented by pale ale.

Monday
Atlanta
Just like the Tuesday before, the Little Ones and Jan drove me to the Denver airport for my trip to Atlanta. A boring flight, an uneventful short public transportation trip from the airport to Peachtree via MARTA, and a short walk to the Hilton Atlanta. Wow, was it quiet! Seemed as if there was hardly anyone staying there. I stayed behind doors dining in and reading up on photographic techniques.

Tuesday
Executive Services Forum
After a workout in the fitness center, I shared a breakfast of oatmeal and berries with Ben, my friend and colleague from Service Strategies. I was there to participate in their event in which twenty-some services executives posed questions and discussed issues of mutual importance. I gave a short presentation on highlights from my book, and facilitated a discussion on selling services. It was a good day with lots of interest, open sharing, and professional collegiality. Late afternoon we retired to the restaurant at the top of the hotel for cocktail hour and a meal. It is always a pleasure to meet old friends and create new ones, as services people are good folks.

Trip Home
I departed before desert in time to retrace my walk, take the trip south on MARTA, and board my train back to the Atlanta airport. After some short delays, I arrived back at Denver International around midnight. As always, I was met by Jan and the faithful canines who both swore I’d been gone for a month as they sat on my lap and updated me on their days.

Wednesday
Red Rocks
Since we were only a few miles from Red Rocks, it would have been a shame not to visit. Hence, mid-afternoon we drove the ten minutes there and took a short hike to explore. As the name implies, the place is all about red rocks. An amphitheater was built as a work project in the 1930s by the CCC. Cool place.

Action Jackson
At 5:30 PM after our gin rummy game, Jan and I took the Pups down to the area in the campground we had designated for the evening pup shoot. We practiced action shooting with Mitzy and Jerry (well, mainly Jerry), till our subject, Jackson, the nine-month-old, 102-pound Great Dane puppy bounded toward us followed by his Pup Parent and her four-year old son. I immediately discounted the use of a tripod with this rambunctious youngster who went from one situation to the next--standing on his back legs kissing his Mom, chasing sober Mitzy, running with his stick, bounding across the field, and just enjoying the heck out of all the attention! It was just a blast.

Thursday
Across Town
I awoke with that “oh no” scratch in my throat--the inevitable outcome of riding on airplanes with recirculated air, populated by kids with colds, and the sneezes from Northerners! Oh, well.

We did our morning chores then loaded up BALY for the hour trip across town. Jan had found us a safe place (a horse ranch) to leave the coach close to Austin’s house. Here we loaded up the stuff we’d need for a week with Austie.

At 5:30 I drove the five minutes to Mrs. Z’s to pick up the Little Man. He was in a little bit of a surly mood, which is very unusual for him. Find out he was concerned about Mom and Dad being away and reacted the way most of us do when we don’t like a situation. However, he recovered at his home and we settled in for the evening. Because of my cold, I shunned myself from the rest of the tribe and camped out by myself in the guest bedroom.

Friday
Home Alone
While Jan did all the necessary things required to run our temporary household, I alternated between work on the computer and napping in the bed. Absolutely mandatory that Papa be well with three straight days of grandparenting coming up!

Swimming Pool
Mid-afternoon I broke hibernation and took the Pups out for a stroll in the 80-degree weather. I then practiced on the Pups getting used to my new lens while Jan pumped up Austin’s new swimming pool. Janny picked up the Little Man from the sitter at 5:30, then it was a quick change into trunks and Austie was testing out his new backyard water playground. It was a success. Getting a break from cooking, we ordered in pizza, watched a little TV, and kept the Little Man out of trouble.

Saturday
Busy Day
At 7:30 sharp we dropped off Mitzy to get a wash and wax; she was getting a little scruffy. Then the three of us had breakfast a half block from the dog trimmer. We then stopped off at Super Target to get Papa some cold remedies. This was followed by a half-hour-plus at the playground at the park down the road. Then back to the ranch until the phone call came for Jan to come get Mitzy--what a sleek beast!

PUPS ACROSS AMERICA!
Take a look at a few of the pics from the Jackson shoot. What a handful!

Also, we have finalized dates for our event with the city of Carslbad, California. It will run both days over Father’s Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 19 and 20. More to come very soon.

Schedule Your Pup Shoots
May 30 through June 2
Durning this time we will be “camping out” at the Little Man’s home in Parker, Colorado (SE of Denver) for a babysitting gig while his mom and dad take a short vacation. We will be available for private pup shoots in the SE Denver area on May 31 (Memorial Day) through June 2.

June 2 till June 17
Heading toward Chaco Canyon then work our way down to Southern California.

June 19 and June 20 (Father’s Day Weekend)
Two day pup shot in beautiful Carlsbad, California. Details to be available soon.

Please e-mail me at alex@PupsAcrossAmerica or call me at 239-671-0740 to set up a shoot, or if you have ideas or suggestions.

Pass the Word
Know other Pup Parents who might enjoy this blog and the Pups Across America event? Please spread the word.

RV GOURMET
Nothing this Week

FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHS
I’m most fond of “Infrared Jerry.” This was a special setting that gives the look of using an infrared camera. What do you think?

TRAVEL TOOLS & TOYS
Nothing this Week

CAMPER’S CORNER
Nothing this Week

HEADLIGHTS
May 30 through June 2
During this time we will be “camping out” at the Little Man’s home in Parker, Colorado (SE of Denver) for a babysitting gig while his mom and dad take a short vacation. We will be available for private pup shoots in the SE Denver area on May 31 (Memorial Day) through June 2.

June 3 till June 17
Heading toward Chaco Canyon then work our way down to Southern California.

June 19 and June 20 (Father’s Day Weekend)
Two day pup shot in beautiful Carlsbad, California. Details to be available soon. Please let your San Diego-area Pup Parents know about it.

Going to be near? Look us up. Have some suggestions? We are open. Know a Pup Parent in the vicinity? Pass on this Web site and have them give me a call to schedule a shooting of their best friend.
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