WITHOUT IRRIGATION IN THE SULPHUR SPRINGS VALLEY THERE WOULD BE NO CROPS
When I go to bed at night I always leave the TV remote on the chair beside my bed. Motormouse always sleeps on the other chair but last night about 1:30 she decided to switch chairs. When she jumped up on my chair she flopped down on top of the remote turning the television on & of course I was immediately awakened by Vince & his dam ram jam Sham-wow commercial. Geeeeez, I hate that commercial!!!! It was 3 a.m. before getting back to sleep again & I don’t even think the little Mouse knew she had turned the TV on.
THE LATE NIGHT TV REMOTE BOSS
Already I am sad about leaving our great spot here in the Sulphur Springs Valley….& we haven’t even left yet. Happens to me all the time no matter where we go. I always get attached to places & yet with my restless nature I don’t like to stay in any one place too long. Can you just imagine the inner turmoil that causes a person. I can’t either but it’s a part of my life every single day. Always that urge to move on to new things & always that urge to just set a spell awhile longer. Awwwww, what a life. Aren’t you glad your not me:))
WITHOUT IRRIGATION THE SULPHUR SPRINGS VALLEY IS A VERY DRY PLACE
Another beautiful weather day as I cranked up an IPod Bose load of Cowboy tunes this morning. We had a semi busy time bustling about the rig getting things ready for travel soon. Soooooo nice to have our showers this morning. First showers in the rig since getting here last November. Boy were we dirty!! Ok, that was a joke:)) Up until the water line break a couple of days ago we had been using the nice big spacious shower in the house. I’ve heard of people taking military showers in their rigs to conserve water. Not me!! I’m like an Elephant in a broom closet with a trunk full of hot water flying everywhere.
SAND HILL CRANES FEEDING IN A HARVESTED CORNFIELD
This recent cold snap had the lowest temperatures in Arizona’s history & people are still without water in many areas. Here’s a couple excerpts from emails we have received from friends here in the Valley. (despite our Hermit like ways, we do have some friends you know) A friend from near Gleeson writes….”So we still have no water. Haven't done dishes in 5 days. Took a shower at a friends yesterday finally. Can't get the parts we need since everyone is in the same boat and stores out of stock. At least no more 1* degree weather. I am finally starting to get depressed. Southern AZ is in shock.” Another friend from Bisbee writes…."No water? Tell me about it! Today is Sunday, and our water just came back on this morning! The water in the tub/shower isn't back yet (wow, would I like a shower) but hopefully there is no problem there.....or
is there? We were scrounging water everywhere we could, and it wasn't
easy, since the whole town of Bisbee was out.”
ED from the THE PEREGRINATING GRAYBEARD over in Huachuca City says in his blog…."The first thing I needed to do was dump my holding tanks. When I opened the bay door to where all my pipes are I could see a lot more water than what I saw yesterday. This was not good!
After dumping I connected my water intake to the Park's water, which now had good pressure, and immediately had a VERY bad leak(s) at the MANABLOC®.” After that, Ed writes…''I got some good news about my frozen pipes. I tried the fresh water tank pump again this afternoon and it worked; it has taken two days with high temperatures of over 60° to finally thaw all my pipes.” Yep, it sure was darn cold in these here parts alright:(( Jeanie & Ray had broken water lines at the ranch as well.
When we leave our favorite area of Arizona shortly we will make our way over to our favorite area in California. We first discovered BORREGO SPRINGS in January of 2007 & have returned there every year since.
ANZA BORREGO STATE PARK is the largest state park in California. 600,000 acres, five hundred miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and many miles of hiking trails wandering through the wonders of the California Desert. The little town of Borrego Springs lies in the heart of Anza Borrego & is completely independent of the Park. This quiet & quaint place is a true gem in the rough. With stretches of desert to the east & the towering San Ysidro mountains towering over the west end of main street, this greening oasis in the desert has become one of our favorite places. Lots to do here with programs put on by the Anza Borrego State Park Visitor’s Center & the Desert Nature Center downtown.
EAST OF McNEIL ARIZONA
I particularly like the Astronomy & Photography programs. For instance, on Feb 16th there is a Sunset/Moonlight Hike. (‘Description says to join Volunteer Naturalists Ted Caragozian and Paul Larson for a desert hike to enjoy the sunset over the mountains and return under the nearly full moon to get a different perspective of the desert at a surprise location. Bring warm clothes and a flashlight.’) I like these kinds of outdoor learning experiences & field trips. Mentally challenging to the mind & physically challenging for the body. But, not toooooo challenging:))
SWISS HELM MOUNTAINS IN OUR BACK YARD
If you type Borrego Springs into our search bar at the top of our right hand column you can access my many posts on Borrego Springs. Here’s one I picked at random that had me out early one morning on a photography outing with a bunch of like minded people. BORREGO SPRINGS PHOTO HIKE. Coincidentally, it turns out to be the same day we met, WANDERING WILLY:))
It is the Desert Nature Store downtown that organizes the free desert Jeep tours on Saturday mornings so we’re looking forward to that as well. Yes indeed Borrego Springs, we will soon be on our way to see you yet again for another year:))
DRAGOON MOUNTAINS AS SEEN FROM NEAR McNEIL ARIZONA
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