Thursday, January 23, 2014

FOUND US SOME CRESTED SAGUAROS, DOWNED OURSELVES A MAUI WOWIE, & PETER & LESLIE’S LAST NIGHT WITH US

DSC_0190

PIZZA AT THE T-BIRD CAFÉ TODAY

When I first saw our Winnebago in a London Ontario RV dealership & noticed it had a big back window I thought, ‘not a good idea because it’s just something that has to continually be cleaned’.  Well I sure have changed my mind on that & especially this week as I lay in bed each night enjoying the Moon & Stars overhead.   We can now see in all directions from inside the coach.  None of our other RV’s had a back window except our Rockwood 5th wheel which of course didn’t have a front window.

DSC_0170

We were out the door & into the Jeep before 10 this morning.  Unfortunately, no room for the Pheebs again.  Could a roomier 4 door Jeep be somewhere in our future?  Well would be nice of course but I somehow don’t think so unless we found a good used one with a whole lotta extra dust & dirt on it.  Some desert pin striping on the side would be a good selling feature for us as well.  Not interested in anything all shiny & new.  A/C would be a must though.

DSC_0142

LESLIE SETS OFF ON A ROCK SCRAMBLE

 DSC_0145 DSC_0143

PETER SAYS ‘I CAN’T BELIEVE MY WIFE IS DOING THAT’ AS HE TAKES A PICTURE

DSC_0146

OF COURSE THE HARDEST PART OF GOING UP IS ALWAYS COMING DOWN

Beautiful Arizona morning again & it didn’t take us long to reach our destination about half way to the old ghost town of Stanton.  A rough & tumble road leads off toward the Weaver Mountains & goes in about a mile.  Kelly & I already knew where one Crested Saguaro was so with a little jostling over a rocky section & a little eye balling we located the Cactus & pulled up near it.  An easy 30 yard walk took us right to it.  Crested Saguaro Cacti are pretty amazing things when you see them up close.

DSC_0139

DSC_0148 DSC_0141

DSC_0149 DSC_0150

WE ARE TRULY IN THE LAND OF GIANT SAGUAROS AS LESLIE POINTS TO MORE GOLD NUGGETS SCATTERED ON THE DESERT FLOOR:))

We had heard a trail in the area led around a ridge where another 8 or 9 Crested one’s could be seen.  Try as we did we could not find that trail.  Jeeped a little farther up the road to a mining site with a locked gate.  From here we were on foot.  Leslie & Kelly headed off on a path while Peter & I scooted around the gate onto the abandoned mining site.

DSC_0152

MINING SITES ALWAYS HAVE A LOT OF OLD ABANDONED EQUIPMENT LYING AROUND LIKE THIS BIG CEMENT MIXER RUN BY A 6 CYLINDER ENGINE & OF COURSE THERE ALWAYS HAS TO BE BULLET HOLES IN EVERYTHING OUT HERE IN THE WEST

DSC_0371

It was from a flat spot on the mine site we spotted a mine shaft not far away.  An old road led that way & we were soon at the entrance. 

DSC_0370

SPOTTED THIS MINE SHAFT OPENING

DSC_0369 DSC_0153

This mine shaft went straight into the solid rock instead of down into the ground like so many others.  I’ve seen these straight in shafts before & they usually do not go too far.  But this one was the exception.

DSC_0154

DSC_0155 DSC_0157

Didn’t have a flashlight with us & about 50 feet into the shaft it was getting to a point where the light from the entrance was not enough.  I always use the flash on my camera to briefly catch a glimpse of what’s ahead.  Saw a wooden structure of some kind & the shaft just kept on going.  Deepest mine shaft I have ever seen.  I could hear bees so we stopped.  Not wise to go any further.  Could easily be killer bees ahead in a long shaft like this.

DSC_0163

DSC_0164 DSC_0166

We beat a quiet & orderly retreat back to the mouth of the cave.  It is beyond comprehension how these narrow mine shafts were dug through solid rock many years ago with probably not a lot more than a pick & shovel.  

DSC_0168

We checked out two more open pits which were also dug out of solid rock.  One even had a stone wall built up by the entrance.  Spotted a second Crested Saguaro too.

DSC_0169

DSC_0172 DSC_0175DSC_0180

STONE WALL AT BOTTOM HIDES A MINE SHAFT DOWN INTO THE ROCK

Making our way back to the Jeep we came across a stone foundation not far from one of the shafts.  Obviously a miner’s cabin at one time.  Kelly & I had come across these same ruins last winter as well.

DSC_0181

CRUMBLING ROCK FORMATION OF AN OLD MINER’S CABIN PROBABLY

DSC_0183

PETER’S SURE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF PHOTOS TO GO THROUGH WHEN THEY GET HOME

The Gals were already back at the Jeep & time was marching on so it was back down the rocky road to the Stanton road.  A right turn headed us for highway 89 & another right turn headed us up the Yarnell Hill.

DSC_0184

DSC_0367 DSC_0375

AND WE HAD ALL SPOTTED A SECOND & THIRD SAGUARO AS WELL

DSC_0382 DSC_0368 DSC_0381

AND WE BELIEVE THE CENTER PHOTO SHOWS A VERY YOUNG CRESTED SAGUARO JUST BEGINNING TO FORM

DSC_0185

BIT OF A ROUGH ROAD AS WE MADE OUR WAY OUT OF THE AREA

We had heard a lot of great things about a place up in Peeples Valley that specialized in wood fired Pizzas.  And yes the T-BIRD CAFÉ actually had a real Ford Thunderbird outside.  Nice inside & sure enough we could see the fire roaring in the brick oven.  Friendly lady took our order & I saw a fellow behind the counter twirling the pizza dough around.  We ordered a big Maui Wowie & a Big AL’s American-Style & I’ll be darned if we didn’t just about finish them both off.

DSC_0191

DSC_0188 DSC_0186 

DSC_0192

DSC_0198 DSC_0193DSC_0195

DSC_0201

HAWAIIAN MAUI WOWIE ON LEFT & BIG AL’S AMERICAN STYLE ON RIGHT

Yarnell was on our way back so we stopped at the Yarnell Emporium & an adjacent boutique type store.  I like the Yarnell Emporium because to me it is one of those magical places with colors-colors everywhere.  Very artsy craftsy with sweet aromatic pot pouri drifting through the air & ambient music in the background.  The two colorful buildings are crowded with countless really neat-o artsy stuff.  Just about every square foot of floor or wall space has something groovy on it.  You have to kinda turn sideways to get yourself around everything.  I love places with atmosphere like that.  Takes me way back to a special place in my childhood.  Toys, toys, everywhere:))

DSC_0214

PETER BLENDS RIGHT IN WITH ALL THE COLORS

DSC_0209 DSC_0211DSC_0216

DSC_0219 DSC_0226

DSC_0230 DSC_0228DSC_0233 DSC_0218DSC_0234

I ALWAYS GET MYSELF A LITTLE CAMERA CRAZY WHEN I GET INTO THESE PLACES WITH ALL THEIR SHAPES & COLORS

A quick drive through Yarnell showed us all the rebuilding that has been going on since the fire last June.  New foundations poured, new houses going up & burnt rubble being removed.  The sleepy little community is literally rising from the ashes & soon there will be no signs of the tragedy that took place here.  New homes will soon blend in with old as Springs new growth & vegetation bloom forth from areas of parched ground.  The people have rallied & will survive to be the quaint quiet little community it has always been.  Thanks in part to 19 courageous young Firemen.

DSC_0224 DSC_0217 DSC_0231

We were back down the Yarnell Hill & home before 3.  Marteen & a couple helpers (maybe his Sons) were here working on our new gate.  They poured concrete into 3 holes & set in heavier gauge steel corner posts.

DSC_0389

DSC_0386 DSC_0387 DSC_0390

OUR MEXICAN GATE CREW

Always appreciate it when reader’s point out errors I have made in my post.  GORDON W caught one a few days ago when I referred Harquahala Mountain as being Arizona’s highest mountain.  That mistake was a direct result of being way overtired & not taking a minute to double check something I wasn’t sure about.  Don’t want to be the spreader of mis-information you know.  By the way, if you want to see some photography I consider to be superb just click on the Gordon W link above.  Be sure to click on ‘Photos’ when you get there.

DSC_0357

JUST HAVING A LAZY AFTERNOON SIESTA

Been plowing around on the internet looking up & reading reviews on Cloud storage sites.  Figured I had maybe better try to change some of my older computer Dinosauric ways & try to get myself hip with what is going on.  I have a lot of photos that need a safe & reliable storage facility other than external hard drives.  What is this Cloud business all about anyway & which one in reader’s opinions is the best.

DSC_0339 DSC_0363

Leslie & Peter will be heading back to Las Vegas in the morning & from there flying back to Rochester NY.  That puts us back into travel mode here & I’ve been scratching my head as where to head for next.  After talking with JANNA & MIKE a week ago we had kind of thought maybe we would head down into the Benson/Bisbee area but I’m kinda re-thinking that one now.  Gonna have to snug down the old travel hat & pour some serious thought into a destination.

DSC_0362

We all had another candlelight supper & a wee chit chat around the table afterwards.   It was nice having Peter & Leslie here this week & we could tell they really, really, enjoyed themselves.  Lots of reading, rest, & relaxation.  Jeep trips, walks, hikes, bird watching, & the contented list just grows.  It has been such a welcome & complete change for them from their normal life back home in Webster NY.   They are very quickly becoming South-West converts loving the quiet desert life we lead out here.  The big mountains, the sweeping vistas, the sunrises & the sunsets.  And those big starry skies every night is one of Peter’s favs.  They are going to miss all that…………………………

DSC_0338

LESLIE & THE PHEEBS SHARING A QUIET MOMENT

We talked to a neighbor about Dally this morning.  She has not been seen.  Kelly made some phone calls but no one has seen her.  Neighbor feels it’s a little suspicious about the gate being left open.  I don’t think we will ever see Dally again & we can only hope that if someone took her they did so to give her a better home.  Or if she wandered & someone picked her up we can only hope they will be kind to her.  It is those thoughts we have to keep in our minds.  Dally, wherever you are, know that not all people are uncaring & know that Kelly & I & Pheebs along with many of our readers will always remember you…………….

DSC_0001DSC_0017-002

GROANER’S CORNER:((  What has three teeth and sixty feet?  The front row at a Willy Nelson concert.

What would you call it when an Italian has one arm shorter than the other?  A speech impediment.

What do you call a musician without a girlfriend?
Homeless. 

-------------------------------------------------------------
- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.

17 comments:

  1. Peter blends in with the colors, and you blend in with the antiques, Al. LOL

    ReplyDelete
  2. So sorry to hear Dally has not been found. ((SIGH)) Loved the colorful pictures you got at the Emporium. Brightens up my day! Next time Leslie points out gold nuggets in the road, you need to pick them up so you can get that bigger Jeep ;)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I use ADrive.com for my cloud storage. 50GB free.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh, gosh...so sad to hear that Dally is still missing. I doubt she'll come back...isn't it 3 days now? Beautiful photos of the Emporium...you make me want to visit Yarnell soon!
    Cheryl Ann

    ReplyDelete
  5. Another great day trippin about and good fun.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Sorry to hear that Dally has nit been seen since.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have those last two crested guys on my photo cube!! Sure love finding them. Glad you shared. That first one is a beauty.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I think I saw gold on those walls of that mine shaft!!! Go back!!

    tell Leslie I have the SAME sweatshirt she has on! I got mine from the Animal Rescue Site and each purchase buys so many bowls of food for animals in shelters! How cool is that?


    ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
    Karen and Steve
    (Blog) RVing: The USA Is Our Big Backyard
    http://kareninthewoods-kareninthewoods.blogspot.com
    ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

    ReplyDelete
  8. Geez, that was a quick visit! If we get back down to AZ, we will play tour guide for you to the Benson area.

    ReplyDelete
  9. That first crested saguaro is amazing.
    We love pizza so the T-Bird Cafe is going on our list. Nothing like a good pizza after a hike!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hard to believe that the week has gone by so fast. I would spend a small fortune in that emporium, love all that stuff. Thanks for the jee[ tour and all the great shots.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Al Remember with "cloud" storage you need a fast and plentiful internet connection. Yer 10g verizon acct would be eaten up in a day.
    best to get your own cloud in the form of 2 external drives that mirror each other called a RAID. You can buy that setup from any computer store. Then keep it at home in a safe place. You always have to ask yourself, what if the online cloud storage site goes down. Better to look after them yourself IMO.

    ReplyDelete

  12. Sad that Dally hasn't been found,loved the pictures of the Emporium.The week sure went fast, it's so much fun showing people the places you love.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow, what a fun packed day. So glad that Leslie & Peter enjoyed our great southwest desert. Becki

    ReplyDelete
  14. Although they are tempting, I have to stay out of Emporium-style places as I'd be sure to knock something over and break it!

    ReplyDelete
  15. One can be amazed about that the shaft walls are so straight and slick. Really how did they do that? Pics of the Emporium are awesome. And I'm very skeptical to put my pics up into a cloud somewhere. I have never used online storage for pics. DVD or better yet external hard drives (cheap) is the best I think. And you can get to them without using up online gigs of your internet device. Yahoo we are heading west soon!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Beeyootiful cresteds! I get so excited when I see one, even if I've seen it before.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Just to let you know we killed a rattle snake in our breezeway yesterday...it was sluggish but STILL in our breezeway!! So with this warmer weather they can be out and about for Pheebs...LOVE Thunderbird Café!

    ReplyDelete