When I woke up Wednesday morning I had no idea we would have the big wheels rolling a couple hours later but that's not unusual for us when it comes to travel plans. Kelly asked me what my plans for the day were and I told her I didn't have any. She didn't have any plans either and that started the ball rolling. Well Okay if we don't have any plans maybe we'll just head out then. And that's what we did.
|ENJOYING WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S SUNSET ABOUT 165 MILES AWAY FROM WHERE WE ENJOYED THE MORNING'S SUNRISE|
|Sorry about the irregular spacing of photos and text sometimes but this finicky Blogger platform can be and is a real frustration for those of us who prefer our blogs to look the way we want them to look!! |
It was about 9:30 when we waved good-bye to the Muchacho Mountains and headed south on Ogibly Road to I-8 heading east. Quick stop at Walmart on Pacifica Ave in Yuma for some groceraries and that was it. We soon had Yuma disappearing in our rear view mirror.
Traffic is always light on the section of I-8 between Yuma and Gila Bend so we had us an uneventful drive on what turned out to be a mighty fine weather day.
|THERE ARE NO COLOR ENHANCEMENTS ON THESE SUNSET PHOTOS|
Stopped at Gila Bend's east end Shell station for gas, water, and propane. Dumped the gray and black tanks as well. The big orange and black Gila Monster in Wednesday's post was taken here. It was early afternoon when we made our way from Gila Bend down highway 85 to north of Ajo Arizona and pulled into the Rodeo/Roping Park area east of the highway. There is a dry camping RV section here but with half a dozen rigs parked around we decided to boon-dock in the parking lot near the roping arena. There is actually no arena building here just an open air corral type of arena
Nice sunset and soon as darkness fell I was outside with my binoculars and camera marveling at all the activity going on in the night sky over the Barry M. Goldwater military range. Many twinkling aircraft lights in the air plus the mysterious bright hardly moving amber lights. At one point I saw 5 of them in the sky at the same time. Sometimes they would be single lights and sometimes in pairs. My first thought was flares because I've seen military flares before but with my binoculars I was able to determine these were not flares. Flares move vertically in a downward motion and these flares were moving horizontally across the night sky and way to slow for any winged aircraft. Helicopters maybe but I thought even too slow for helicopters. They basically hung in the sky moving horizontally. Some kind of military craft no doubt but for me they were Unidentified Flying Objects simply because I myself could not identify them. Should mention these objects were in no other area of the sky except over the Goldwater range to our north and northwest.
|STRANGE SIGHTS IN ARIZONA'S SKIES OVER THE BARRY M. GOLDWATER MILITARY RANGE|
|THIN SINEWY LINES IN THESE PHOTOS ARE FROM JET AIRCRAFT TWISTING AND TURNING IN VARIOUS MILITARY MANUEVERS|
|PLANET VENUS AT LEFT WITH THE GLOW BELOW FROM YUMA FAR OFF TO OUR NORTHWEST|
|ALL THESE NIGHT PHOTOS ARE VARIOUS TIME EXPOSURES AND THE LONG WHITE HORIZONTAL STREAKS ARE ACTUALLY THE MYSTERIOUS AMBER LIGHTS....BECAUSE OF THE TIME EXPOSURE THE AMBER LIGHTS ARE ELONGATED AND THEIR AMBER COLOR APPEARS AS WHITE|
|THE LONG THIN STETCH OF LIGHT AT THE PHOTOS BOTTOM IS A CARS HEADLIGHTS DRIVING BY ON THE ROAD BUT IF YOU LOOK CAREFULLY IN THE SKY YOU CAN PICK OUT SEVERAL SMALL SEEMINGY STATIONARY AMBER LIGHTS VERY FAR AWAY|
|THE SOFT GLOW AT BOTTOM RIGHT IS FROM AJO'S MUNICIPLE AIRPORT'S BEACON LIGHT ABOUT HALF A MILE TO OUR NORTHWEST....SOME MAY REMEMBER WE OVERNIGHTED AT THE END OF THE RUNWAY ABOUT A MONTH AGO WHEN TRAVELING FROM SIERRA VISTA BACK TO YUMA AND BORREGO SPRINGS|
|VENUS WITH A WISPY CLOUD HAIRDO|
|TWIN AMBER LIGHTS MOVING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT|
|AGAIN, THE AMBER GLOW OVER THE MOUNTAINS IS YUMA ABOUT A HUNDRED MILES AWAY AS THE CROW FLIES|
|THIS GLOW ON OUR NORTHEASTERN HORIZON IS FROM PHOENIX ARIZONA|
Wednesday night under the stars was windless and warm while early Thursday morning stepping out with Pheebs under the stars we were greeted with a cold north wind and it kind of hung around for most of the day.
|THIS GLOW TO OUR SOUTHEAST IS TUCSON|
|LOOKING CLOSELY ONE CAN SEE THE EARLY EVENING LIGHTS OF AJO ARIZONA|
|THESE ARE THE LIGHTS OF AJO ARIZONA TO OUR SOUTHWEST AFTER DARK|
Our two part goal was to hit the laundromat in Ajo this morning then continue our journey in a southeasterly direction.......and yes we do have a definite destination in mind somewhere in southern Arizona. Well we at least accomplished half of that plan by getting our laundry done. We were soon back to the rig with plans to hook up the Jeep and head out but gol darn it
our plans changed again. I did get the Jeep hooked up alright but think it was somewhere between our egg salad sandwiches and my peanut butter sandwich that we decided it was already too late in the morning to go anywhere and that was that, we decided to stay a second night north of Ajo.
|CAMPED OUT NEAR THE OPEN AIR ROPING ARENA|
And a coincidence for us this morning when Kelly and Pheebs were out for an early walk. Another dog came running excitedley over to see Pheebs and Kelly thought the dog looked familiar. The owner walking nearby his small Scamp trailer came walking over and Kelly recognized him. It was Rick and his dog Lady whom we had met over on Darby Well Road back in early December of 2011 How nice to see him him and Lady again after all these years. Truly a nice fellow Rick has been spending his winters here in the Ajo area for the past 17 years. Like us, he prefers the quiet solitude of the desert and generally boon-docks in areas away from people. An experienced desert dweller Rick is a good 'go-to' guy for answers to many many questions and this morning he explained those high altitude slow moving amber lights in the night sky over the Barry M. Goldwater military range. He said they are indeed flares and the reason they sometimes travel horizontally is due to the winds aloft at higher altitudes. Made perfect sense to me so my UFO sighting quickly switched to an IFO sighting. Identified Flying Object. Still doesn't explain just exactly what purpose they serve for the military but at least the wind drifting flares made sense to me.
When we talked to Rick first thing this morning we mentioned we were on our way into town to do our laundry. Well by cracky that's right where he was headed too so we all had us a fine old chin wag at the laundromat. Here's one of my posts from when we met Rick and Lady on Darby Well Road entitled Schmoozing With Our Neighbors
|DECEMBER 2011 FILE PHOTOS OF PHEEBS, LADY, AND RICK|
|TOOK THIS PHOTO FROM IN THE MOTORHOME WHEN I SAW PHEEBS PLAYING WITH ANOTHER DOG LITTLE KNOWING THAT WAS OUR FRIEND RICK|
|THAT'S RICK'S WHITE PICK-UP TRUCK AND SCAMP WAY OVER THERE ON THE LEFT|
A lazy afternoon for us with the only excitement being a lady who drove in pulling her horse trailer with 2 horses aboard. She unloaded them and gave the beautiful horses a big run in the roping arena. She had bales of hay on the trailer's roof and we think she may have stayed the night with her horses overnighting in a covered corral beside where she was parked.
|AND OF COURSE NOT ALL OF MY LAUNDRY MADE IT HOME DRY AGAIN|
|THESE HORSES WERE SO HAPPY TO BE OUT RUNNING AND KICKING UP THEIR HEELS|
|NO THIS HORSE DID NOT FALL IT JUST STOPPED AND FLOPPED ITSELF ONTO THE GROUND FOR A BIG OLD ROLL AROUND DUST BATH|
|THAT'S RICK ON THE LEFT WATCHING HIS FRIEND'S HORSES RUNNING|
Our plans are to roll out in the morning seeking out new green pastures but of course you know what kind of planners we are so who knows where we'll end up Friday. Maybe nowhere..............
|HERE'S A COUPLE OTHER FAMILIAR LOOKING COWPOKES|
GROANER'S CORNER:(( A young woman, pursuing a graduate degree in art history, was going to Italy to study the country's greatest works of art. Since there was no one to look after her grandmother while she was away, she took the old lady with her. At the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, she pointed to the painting on the ceiling. 'Grandma, it took Michelangelo a full four years to get that ceiling painted.' 'Oh my, 'the grandmother says. 'He and I must have the same landlord.'
All those sky shots are stunning!! Love those mysterious lights in the dark night. We are camped among lots of horses here in Wickenburg - they are such wonderful creatures.ReplyDelete
Al & Kelly, have you used the NASA app to track the International Space Station. The app is free & has lots of great info. If you go to the app, choose Missions, then i think the second option down is Track the ISS, that might not be the exact wording. It will be visible in AZ Friday night then for 3 or 4 nights. Sorry this is so long but it seems like something you would be interested in. Enjoy Southern AZ. BeckiReplyDelete
Nice you got those UFO's identified. I was guessing drones, as they are slow and the military uses them. Question..why are the horses wearing hoods?ReplyDelete
Not exactly sure about the see-thru hoods but I know back home in the summer those types of hoods are sometimes used to keep flys out of horses eyes. Doesn't seem to be fly season here at the moment though.Delete
That is nice to run into friends again in you travels, another nice spot near Ajo to relax. We be heading out that way next week, have fun making tracks for back home we right behind you.ReplyDelete
Made up for the silence today b'y! Great post. - Katie ;)ReplyDelete
Fantastic pics Al...IFOs and Venus specially. Looks like the Big EEE is slowly headed NE.ReplyDelete
Can hardly believe those sunsets you get. Spooky night skies too.ReplyDelete
Beautiful night and sunset shots. Kelly looks comfortable in that brightly colored dress and as always Pheebs knows how to pose for a photo.ReplyDelete
It sure is nice to live near Ajo and own a couple of beautiful horses. Dolly would be in heaven.
Enjoy your travels and stay safe.
Love the night sky photos! Great job capturing the beauty:)ReplyDelete
We personally LOVE the Ajo area and that great desert...Also like Organ Pipe area. When we were last in Ajo there was MUCH evidence of illegal crossings in that desert. Hoping there won't be as much very soon.ReplyDelete
We're following in your footsteps again folks.ReplyDelete
I can tell you about some good camp spots in the Buenos Aires NWR if you are headed that way. Also Ruby road near Nogales, but I seem to recall you've been there in the past.ReplyDelete
Such a small world Al! Yesterday we were driving on Houghton Road on the outskirts of the East side of Tucson, and I'm sure I saw your friend Rick and his white pickup and Scamp trailer. Ironic that I noticed him driving along in his cowboy hat, and now in the wee hours of the morning, I see his photos on your blog! Your night sky photos are beautiful. Safe travels!ReplyDelete