How nice to hear the sunrise tweeting of our little feathered bird friends right outside the rig’s window every morning. Mother Nature’s relaxing and soothing way of starting another fine day.
Managed to get ourselves a couple trips in today. The Elfrida dump was open till noon so we hauled a couple barrels of garbage over with Jeanie & Ray’s pick up truck. The day was still early so figured it was a good day to make a run to Sierra Vista.
Made a trip to Big Bend in Texas back in late December of 04. Since 06 we have been spending our winters in New Mexico, Arizona and California. In all that time Kelly has never had a Cowboy hat. Well, today was the day. I was in need of a new hat myself so we headed for Spur Western Wear in Sierra Vista. Never knew there was so much to learn about hats. Spent nearly half an hour trying them on but in the end they just didn’t have the size I needed and Kelly didn’t find the kind she wanted. Lady said their Tombstone store had my size.
Kelly had a little browsing to do in Marshall’s so I fell asleep in the Jeep out in the parking lot. I kinda like when that happens.
Hadn’t had any breakfast so headed ourselves into an eating place near Pet Smart called, ‘My Big Fat Greek Restaurant. I’m always leery of these kinds of places. Lotta big strange words on the menu so I stuck with a good old tried and true hamburger. Kelly got a small pizza. Kelly likes those kinds of foods but I’m always suspicious of any eating place that doesn’t have gravy on the menu. Lotta noise coming out of the overhead speakers but Kelly said that was Greek music. Whatever!! I think next time we’ll head back to the Texas Road House. Lots of good old mashed potatoes and gravy for AL over there…..10-4.
Rolled out of Sierra Vista for Tombstone somewhere around 2 in search of the Spur Western Ware store. First time Kelly & I rolled into Tombstone was nearly 5 years to the day in late December 06. Been there a couple more times since then over the past few years but we were really surprised at the change we saw in Tombstone today. Maybe because it was a Saturday during the holiday season. Lots of people on the main street. Lots of cowboys, horses, stagecoaches, and people dressed up in the old west style. They had a real active main street going on.
Made our way to SPUR WESTERN WEAR where a fella by the name of Dave was patient with us trying on hats. Knew the kind I was looking for but hats for me are never easy to find. I got a big head!! No, nothing to do with Ego. I just got a big head. Not much in it but it’s still big. Kinda like an empty air plane hanger. Fortunately, after half a dozen tries we finally found a 7.5 hat that fit my balloon head. Gracias. My hat style is called a ‘Tombstone.’ And, how cool is that to buy a Tombstone hat right in the dusty little historic town of Tombstone Arizona itself. KELLY TRIES ON COWBOY HATS AT SPUR WESTERN WARE
Kelly wasn’t so lucky. She just couldn’t find a comfortable fit or style she liked. Dave was good enough to direct us two doors down the boardwalk to RUSSELL'S ROADRUNNER. Even a bigger selection of Cowboy hats in this store. Kelly found a hat before I even made it inside. I was outside running around cracking off pictures of all the interesting looking characters walking around.
I failed to get the store proprietors name but everyone in Tombstone looks like they are related to the Earps or McLaurys. A personable fellow with longer white hair, a sense of humor, a knowledge of hats and a western looking vest type jacket to go with it all. Gotta love the attitude of the town folks and shop keepers for keeping Tombstone….Tombstone. RUSSELL’S ROADRUNNER STORE…LOTS OF HATS HERE
Back out on the street we heard some hollerin and yellin coming from up the street. Seems the Earp Brothers were mixin it up with some of the Clanton boys. The street quickly cleared as the arguing, pushing, and shoving continued down the street toward the OK Corral. Doc Holliday was looking as wasted as Wyatt was looking dapper. The McLaurys and Clanton boys made it down to the OK corral at the bottom end of Allen Street. With the Earp Brothers and Doc in hot pursuit the arguing continued.
We knew there was going to be some serious gunfire soon because them boys sure was mad at each other. Figured it would be a good time to high tail it out of town before we ended up with bullet holes in our new hats. We did manage to snag an ice cream cone in our haste though. Kudos to you Tombstone for keeping your little town and it’s legends alive:)) And, would you believe I never thought to take any pics of our new Cowboy hats today. Stay tuned……….
Arrived back at the Ranch just in time to get the chickens milked and the dogs fed. Our sunny day temps could not have been better and how nice to slip out at night now for a look at the stars.
Before I get to the last paragraph let me just wish everyone all the best for the new year. A big thank you to all readers, friends, commenters, and folks sending emails for hanging in with me for yet another year. We’ve had a few ups and downs along the way folks but maybe we can smooth out some of those downs in the New Year………..10-4:)) The Last Paragraph: A year’s review in one paragraph, hmmmm. The disappointment in not being able to swing a deal on the Lazy W Ranch. Our days at Joshua State Park and Lone Pine California, Nevada’s Valley of Fire and Arizona’s Canyon de Chelly. The terrible loss of Max and Checkers in April and the longest boring and most depressing summer I’ve ever had. Finding Pheebe was a high point in August and getting back on the road again in mid November brought me out of my slump. Ending the year with some medical issues casts a shadow into 2012. Summing up…..Worst of the year was losing Max and Checkers:(( Best of the years was finding and bringing home the Pheebs:)) And, there it was…….2011. AN AFTER DARK LOOK BACK UP THROUGH OUR WINDSHIELD
GROANER’S CORNER:(( A man walks into a bar and orders a shot then looks into his pocket. he does this over and over again. finally the bartender asks why he orders a shot and after drinking it he looks into his pocket.
The man responded "I have a picture of my wife in there and when she starts to look good…… I'll go home." (By the way, women have been known to carry photos of their husbands in their purses for the same reason.)
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SPOTTED THIS FINE PAIR OF NORTHERN SHOVELER DUCKS TODAY
Our temperatures continue to climb with each passing day and we nearly hit the 80F mark today. Such a welcome change from just a week ago. Still down around the freezing mark every night but that’s the way it normally is for this time of year in this region of Arizona. SAND HILL CRANES IN THEIR ROOSTING AREA DON’T KNOW WHAT THESE BIRDS ARE SO I WILL JUST CALL THEM WATER WALKERS
Decided to do a short trip down the road a mile to the Whitewater Draw today. Knew we wouldn’t be too long and it was a test for Pheebs being left outside the Motorhome without us around for the first time. The completely fenced in 3.7 acres around the Ranch house is perfectly safe, but still, like a doubting parent I worry about ‘first time’ things. Pheebs has shown quite a talent for digging so I had visions of her speed tunneling under the fence to find us. PLENTY OF SHELTERED COVER FOR BIRD LIFE
We were gone about an hour and everything was fine when we got back. Pheebs, Motor, Pearce and Gleeson were all sacked out in the Motorhome sleeping. We always leave our door wide open as a rule. AMERICAN COOTS MALE NORTHERN SHOVELER DUCK
It’s funny how ranch dogs Gleeson and Pearce love to hang around with us in the rig this year. They are almost like permanent furniture. Pheebs & Motor love having their Pals over. Well, maybe not Motor so much. For little Motor it’s kinda like dodging around in a big 4 and 2 legged Buffalo herd. Especially when we are all up and trundling around in the rig. ONE OF SEVERAL VIEWING PLATFORMS AT THE DRAW AVID BIRD WATCHERS INCLUDING BIRDER KELLY IN ORANGE <<< I THINK SOMEBODY IS A LITTLE WEARY FROM SEEING ALL THOSE BIRDIES
Kelly was back on the phone again today with the hospital and insurance companies double checking things and sure enough, there is a problem!! We had been told on the phone by the insurance company that my upcoming test was approved. Today we find out that decision is still pending. It’s a classic case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing and confusion between all parties reigns supreme. So, as of right now, everything is up in the air again until we hear from our insurance company. Complicating all this is the time of year. People off for the holidays, offices closed, etc. FEEDING NORTHERN SHOVELER DUCKS WHITEWATER DRAW IS MADE UP OF PONDS AND CANALS
Yep, I got my medical exam procedure spelled wrong alright in Thursday’s post. Thanks to Lynne from WINNIE VIEWS for pointing out my mistake. It is a Renal (not Reno) Ultra Sound. I have since corrected the mistake. OUR MOTORHOME IS VISIBLE IN THIS PHOTO JUST ABOVE CENTER ABOUT A MILE TO THE EAST OF THE DRAW RANCH HOUSE IS VISIBLE IN PHOTO AT RIGHT
Larry from up around Tucson way reminded me it’s the University of Arizona and not the University Of Tucson we’re dealing with and it was bird feeders I moved closer to the Motorhome, not bird houses. Larry, in his email said they are planning to stay at the Gadsden Hotel in Douglas soon. Below is a photo of Kelly in the Gadsden’s Lobby a few years ago. Rumor or legend has it that Pancho Villa rode his horse into that very lobby one time and right up those marble steps in the background, chipping the marble in the process.
And, JUDY corrected my Purple Finch identification. Although they look like the Purple Finches we get at our feeders in Ontario, Judy says they are House Finches. And, they are, because I looked in my AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD GUIDE TO THE SOUTHWESTERN STATES today. Good thing I have people keeping an eye on me out here. A NORTHER HARRIER HAWK SKIMMING LOW OVER THE TALL GRASSES
This is our 4th year coming to the Sulphur Springs Valley in Arizona’s Cochise County. Our memories here will last me forever. Wrote a post one time called, A VALLEY OF LEGENDS. THIS MALE SHOVELER’S MATE TOOK OFF SO FAST FROM LEFT TO RIGHT THAT I MISSED HER
Question again if I am professional photographer. No, just a guy with an interest in photography who is fortunate enough to have some reasonably good camera equipment and the ability of SEEING WITH A PHOTOGRAPHER'S EYE. (click) NOW YOU SEE HIM….. NOW YOU DON’T….. THE WILD WEST TOWN OF TOMBSTONE ARIZONA IS JUST OVER THE HORIZON IN THE LEFT PHOTO….ELFRIDA & SWISS HELM MOUNTAINS ON THE HORIZON IN THE RIGHT PHOTO THE WHITEWATER DRAW IS HOME TO UPWARDS OF 20,000 SAND HILL CRANES DURING THE WINTER MONTHS The Last Paragraph: Watching ‘THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA’ tonight. I like movies that appeal to my boyhood imagination. ‘The Hobbit’ ‘Lord Of the Rings’ ‘Peter Pan’ and the ‘Harry Potter’ movies all come to mind. A fine escape for a young mind. A fine escape for a few hours, and a fine escape from the realities of having to be an adult.
GROANER’S CORNER:(( The Fourth of July weekend was approaching, and Miss Pelham, the nursery school teacher, took the opportunity to tell her class about patriotism. 'We live in a great country,' she announced. 'One of the things we should be happy is that, in this country, we are all free.' Trevor, who was a little boy in her class, came walking up to her from the back of the room. He stood with his hands on his hips and said loudly, 'I'm not free. I'm four.'
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One of the most frequently asked questions readers have about my blog is what kind of a camera do I use. I actually have 3 Nikon DSLR's & 2 Canon point & shoot cameras. And I use them all.
Purchased my third Nikon DSLR on July 23rd 2013. A D3100 body only. Three weeks later I had to purchase a new 18-55mm lens to go with the D3100 because my older 18 to 35 lens did not get along well with the newer D3100. I will use this camera & lens for most of my landscapes now.
My DSLR Nikon D-90 sports a Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-6.6 lens. I use this camera for most of my candid people photos, birds, animals, bugs, & flowers. Before my D3100 this camera was my landscape camera.
My Nikon DSLR D-40 is now a back up camera & can handle any of my 4 Nikkor lenses. I'd sure like to hang a nice Nikkor MACRO lens on this one:))
My Canon Powershot SX210iS is the point & shoot camera I carry in a case on my belt everywhere I go.
My Canon Powershot A730iS point & shoot is the camera that sits close to my recliner for most of those doggy living room photos.
All of my Nikkor lenses are interchangable between the D3100, D-90, & the D-40.
Previous to my Nikon D-3100 & D-90, most of my photos were taken with my old faithful Nikon D-50 from about 2006 to early 2011 whereupon the D-50 suffered a rather gruesome fate when it fell off a table onto a cement porch in southeastern Arizona. The 70-300mm lens on the camera survived the fall but the D-50 did not:((
I also have a Stellarvue 80mm Refractor Nighthawk telescope which I have adapted to fit my Nikons giving me the equivelent of a 700mm lens. Only control I have over this lens is shutter speed. It is also manual focus.