|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.
|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
|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|
|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|
|THIS GLOW TO OUR SOUTHEAST IS TUCSON|
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.
|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.
|DECEMBER 2011 FILE PHOTOS OF PHEEBS, LADY, AND RICK|
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
|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|
|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|
|HERE'S A COUPLE OTHER FAMILIAR LOOKING COWPOKES|