I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS LITTLE FELLOW WAS UP TO
"We've come all the way from Oregon to meet the Motormouse." And with those words today we met surprise visitors & blog followers, Bob & Lisa Foote with their two Boston terriers, Albert & Rupert. They are from Bend, Oregon & have been following our blog for well over a year. (Rick, Wandering Willy & Ivan as well) What a pleasurable couple these two are & it was great to meet them. They were both very apologetic about seeking us out because they have read about my feelings regarding people & privacy. I quickly reassured them that I had a habit of blowing smoke & would not devour them in a Cursmudgeony flash of fire. Bob & Lisa are boondocking at the Bow Willow campground about an hours drive southwest of us & came over this way today in hopes of meeting our little Motormouse. We were in town so they left a note on our door but spotted us on the highway coming back from Borrego Springs & turned around. Bob has the same Delorme GPS that we do so was able to give Kelly a crash course on it's operation. We really appreciated that help. Maybe I can use it in the middle of the night to find my way to the washroom now. Thanks for dropping by guys & say hello to Albert & Rupert for us:)) Oh ya, & little Motormouse is still feeling like a superstar after folks came all the way from Oregon to meet her. She's been rubbing it into the other two guys:))
BOB & LISA WITH MOTORMOUSE & AL HOLDING THE LITTLE RUPERT
We had us a look around the area on our morning walk but decided to stay where we are. We have 3 out of 4 bars for our Verizon with a direct line of sight all the way to Borrego Springs. Nice view at night with all the lights. Kelly has a better cell phone signal & our Skype works much better here. This area is familiar to us because it is where we first pulled off the road into the desert two years ago & spent Christmas & New Years. We were here for awhile last year until a truck camper came in very close to us & cranked their radio. That led to us moving over to the Rockhouse Road area & that is the area we got crowded out of again yesterday. People, don't ya just love the darn things!!!!
LOOK CLOSELY & SEE HOW RESPECTFUL THESE BOONDOCKERS ARE OF THEIR NEIGHBORS...THE WAY IT SHOULD BE. (click to enlarge)
Friday morning means Farmer's Market at Borrego Spring's Christmas Circle & Kelly was wanting to pick up some fresh vegetable thingys. I don't have much of an interest in that sort of food stuff but I do like to meander through the market looking for candid photo opportunities. I couldn't take a good portrait photo of someone if my life depended on it but I love taking candid photos of people just being themselves. People's faces are great subject matter, especially if they don't know they are being photographed.
A FEW OF THE FOLKS AT THIS MORNINGS FARMER'S MARKET
We were just back at the rig about a minute when Bob & Lisa rolled in. When I saw the pickup truck turn off the highway & come directly to our site I figured it was one of the guys from the gang that crowded us out yesterday. Figured maybe somebody had somehow read my blog last night & they were coming over to do me some damage. Sometimes I wonder about having our Bayfield Bunch.com name in big letters on the back of our rig.
<<< BOB & LISA'S NOTE ON OUR MOTORHOME
Yesterday's suppressed anger took it's toll on me & by early this afternoon I was toast. Slept ok last night but my energy levels drained away today & I spent most of the time dozing in a lounge chair until I was awakened by an airplane sound I had heard at air shows. Somebody was practicing stunt flying nearby. For the second time this week I jumped into the car & headed the short distance to the Borrego airport to watch the plane. A few days ago I got to the airstrip just as the stunt pilot was landing. Today he was already on the ground by the time I got there. The Borrego Springs airport has a special waiver that allows pilots to come here to hone their stunt flying skills. It is not allowed in big populated areas so a lot of flyers come over from neighboring small towns like Los Angeles & San Diego.
STUNT PLANE'S PRACTICE HERE AS RICH FOLKS FLY IN WITH THEIR PRIVATE PLANES
I made a U-turn at the airport & headed back towards the rig but remembered some flowers I had seen on Henderson Canyon road yesterday so headed off down there to snap a few photos. The desert blooming has been delayed this year because of colder weather so the great blankets of flowers are not out yet. Just some colorful clumps here & there.
A FEW FLOWERS ALONG HENDERSON CANYON ROAD THIS AFTERNOON
Now, before I forget again, here are the co-ordinates for the two Socky Von Geepers geo sites that we did on Wednesday's Box Canyon hike. First Socky photo alongside the dry wash was at.... N 33* 01.0078 by W 116* 26.2901. Second Socky photo by the dry waterfall was at N 33* 00.8752 by W 116* 26.5346. Hope these numbers are right in case anyone is interested.
I did put that Box Canyon hike into a Picasa Web Album which can be found at our album site here.... BOX CANYON HIKE I have a lot of photos from today which I will also put in an album probably tomorrow.
I sure have got myself into a bit of a mess between our old & new laptop Toshiba's. The music transfer did not go well & I ended up deleting the whole jumbled mess from the new laptop. I will have to wait for a calm spell in my life before tackling all that again. I even dumped my favorite Winamp player in the new machine as well. Also, I have been switching the blog back & forth between XP & Win 7 in the two computers & I've managed to get myself into a quandary over all that as well. So far I'm not too impressed with Win 7 & I guess it's because I am so used to XP which I happen to think is a totally excellent system, I'm glad we missed Vista. I suppose I will eventually get used to Win 7 but I will once again need a few calming days to settle myself into it. For sure it will take me all summer just to sort out the thousands of photos from this trip.
I have had many really nice comments & emails from folks out there suggesting I put our travels adventures & writings along with photos into book form. I am very flattered by that but in reality there are much better writers & photographers doing that very thing. I am of the belief that unless you are the best of the best your chances of writing a successful book, or having your photography published, or recording a song, or becoming an accomplished painter or well known sculptor, your work has to be extraordinary. It has to have substance & stand out from the rest of the pack. My blog is just a simple little travel account with a few photos, feelings, & opinions thrown in, plus we are only snow birders & although I do keep the blog going everyday all through the summer months it just doesn't have the pizzazz that the professional people are able to put into their writings & pictures. I enjoy this as a hobby & if my silly musings & pictures bring some enjoyment of sorts to readers out there then that's good enough for me. It's the little comments at the end of the blog each day & the emails from folks that make it all worthwhile. Not just for me but for all my fellow bloggers as well. There are some great blog writers out there & they are the one's who may have a chance someday of doing something with their blogs. But, a big thanks to everyone for all your encouragement. Very much appreciated.
Tomorrow morning I have to be at the Nature Desert Store in Borrego Springs at 6 A.M for an early morning photo class on desert photography. Wish me luck on getting up in time....................:))
GROANER'S CORNER:(( And did you know that by the time you find greener pastures, you probably won't be able to climb over the fence anyway.
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The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now....AL.