OUR FAVORITE LITTLE ALIEN
Before going to bed around 10 last night I checked the thermometer & it read 42F. Finally, a night above freezing & no need to turn the water off. We hit 60F under a clear blue sky today.
TODAY’S PHOTOS ARE FROM OUR RAMSEY CANYON HIKE ON SUNDAY
I was too tired to finish the Ramsey Canyon blog Sunday night so I was back at it this morning about 5 a.m. These blogs can sure take a lot of work sometimes. After our Ramsey Canyon hike my legs were very stiff, my lower back was hurting & I had some pain in my right leg where I never had pain before. I was hobbling around here Sunday night like I was 105 years old. Figured for sure I had pulled or strained something & was going to be in big trouble when I woke up Monday morning. Well, that shows you how much I know about anything!! The body must have worked overtime in the night to get all the sore parts fixed up & back in place because when I woke up this morning I felt better than ever.
THERE ARE BEARS IN THE HUACHUCA MOUNTAINS & KELLY LOOKS AT A POLE WITH CLAW MARKS ON IT
And, my theory for feeling better is Sunday’s strenuous half mile Hamburg trail hike. Figure that pumped a lot of extra oxygen into my system which in turn put a real good charge on my batteries for a change. Before I was able to gain control of all that extra energy this morning I had slipped outside & washed the Jeep, cleaned & vacuumed the interior & even put a little wax on the little Darlin. Up till this morning I never figured there was much point in washing the Jeep because of all the dust we have to go through just to reach pavement. But, for whatever reason, I just went ahead & washed it anyway. Figured I might as well do that while I had the extra energy working for me. Maybe when I saw how sparkly clean JANNA & MIKE'S white Jeep looked the other day I got to feeling a little guilty about our poor little Jeep mud puppy.
YEP, GETTING IT ALL SHINED UP SO WE CAN GET IT ALL DUSTY & DIRTY AGAIN
Forgot to mention Sunday that Ramsey Canyon is also well known for it’s many varieties of Butterflies. Also read that people come from all over the world to see all the different kinds of Hummingbirds in Ramsey Canyon as well.
CHATTING SUNDAY WITH ONE OF THE CANYON’S WANDERING TRAIL GUIDES
I must admit that I have been very lax in keeping up with our newest Blog Supporters & I see we have some folks on there that I have not acknowledged for quite some time. I like how BIG DAWG & FREEWAY moved their blog Supporters/Followers from the side bar to the main body of the blog so I have followed their example & done the same. Next step is to back track all the Supporters I have missed & thank them all proper for having the interest & taking the time to follow along with the Bayfield Bunch. I’ll get at that in the next few days.
RUGGED RAMSEY CANYON WALLS
JEAN & SKIP came across the wild donkey gang at Hickiwan Trails RV Park near Why Arizona Saturday. Ray at Hickiwan Trails told us how they had to take the handles off the water taps in the park a few years ago because the donkeys figured out how to turn those handles on for water. Kelly & I first tracked down the ELUSIVE DONKEYS one morning back on February 5th, 2008.
ONE OF MANY REST AREAS FOR VIEWING BIRDS & BUTTERFLIES ALONG THE TRAIL
Have had some enquiries about the GPS location of Fort Rucker. As per usual we totally forgot to take our GPS along a few days ago on our Fort Rucker drive. I am just going to have to staple that thing on my arm & that’s all there is to it. I went to Google Earth this morning & zeroed in to the exact spot of Mary Kidder Rak’s ranch house in the trees. The numbers are… 31*45’12.89”N by 109*21’28.84”W. You will see the large barn near the house. The sun is casting a shadow at the top end of the barn & that arrowhead like shadow points directly to the visible foundation of the original house (burned down) a hundred yards away which before that was the Forts Commissary. Also visible is the brown roof of the Fort’s Bakery just up from that foundation. When I get the rest of the captioned photos into the Rucker photo album I will post the addy in the blog at that time.
LOOKING ACROSS THE SAN PEDRO VALLEY WITH SIERRA VISTA IN THE FOREGROUND
Started a new book a few days ago & once again I enjoyed reading more facts about the old west. Hollywood’s version of the OK Corral gunfight & what really happened are two different things & the Hollywood’s take on the characters is greatly misaligned as well. Is it any wonder I lost interest in Hollywood movies a long time ago!! They were great when I was a kid & didn’t know any better, but that was then & this is now. That old saying, ‘We get too soon old & too late smart’ is sooooo true!!
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Tick warning ...
I hate it when people forward bogus warnings, and I have even done it myself a couple times unintentionally... but this one is real, and it's very important. Please send this warning to everyone on your e-mail list:
If someone comes to your front door saying they are checking for ticks due to the warm weather... and asks you to take your clothes off and dance around with your arms up, do NOT do this! They only want to see you naked.
(I wish I'd gotten this yesterday. I feel so stupid.)
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