Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tuesday Smoke

Fire somewhere. Usually California but takes a few days to get here. Campers on the sand bar last night

.Almost can't get around the island anymore. River is drying up on that side. Channel is running right along our side and big chunks of bank still fall in occasionally. It's about a three foot fall off into the river. Sun rising around 7pm now.

The gray fox is shy with such a bright moon at night but the ringtail and skunks kids are venturing out all over the porches and cisterns. The raccoon babies still clink close to their mothers. Horrible sounding raccoon fight on the front porch last night. Babies were squealing but there's no blood. Jupiter and Saturn are visible not long after dark and around 3am or so Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Venus all dot the sky. The comet is trailing away below the Big Dipper.


Saturday, August 1, 2020

Friday, What Does Jax See?

A few years ago Jax and I were hiking in a narrow canyon out toward the Cowboy Camp on the way to the Lockhart and Chicken Corner intersection and a couple hundred feet back in the canyon Jax and I got nervous at the same time. Something was watching us. As we came out of the canyon we could both feel it. We sat safely outside the canyon staring back in feeling it still watching us. It was evil. I put it on the blog that day.

The a year or two ago Jax and I were hiking across from the lodge and we both saw a day time fox. Maybe Jax saw more but I didn't. I got back and posted the picture and a couple of people emailed me to say their were three foxes in the picture and there were. Maybe the picture didn't come out right or something but all three were faded looking almost like ghosts. We just stared a long time. They didn't move and then disappeared when we began walking away.

On Friday, yesterday, out hiking by the abandoned oil well, Jax saw something and would not leave. I didn't see it but for twenty minutes or so Jax just stared at it.

We ran across remnants of the abandoned crank phone line that went from Prommell Oil Well to the river and up Jackson Ladder.

We found a place to sit in the shade and enjoy the view both north and south.
Usually when you see a rock with two or more colors they are all mixed everywhere on the rock but hiking back toward the side by side we found these.



We were a couple hundred feet further away from the wall on the way back and Jax never notice the wall that had so caught his attention on the way out. Meaning it wasn't a feeling, he saw something.



Aliens and Ringtails (Courtesy Tami)







Friday, July 31, 2020

Small Game Changer

Jax still really happy when we hike everyday. He jumps up and down on me and nips at my fingers and runs circles around me. What a great dog.
This is so weird. The new Blogger loads the picture opposite of how I loaded them so I'll just do it backwards.

About a year ago Jax and I were at the Post Office and ran into a lady that had a Cavapoo like Jax. She was a little surprised and curious if I had her dog and then her husband or somebody showed up with hers. She called me yesterday and ask me who Jax's barber was so I hooked her up.

I haven't ever been too worried about getting sprayed by a skunk because all I've ever had is spotted skunks which are known for standing on their head to spray which gives me a little bit of time go react but a couple nights ago of the myriad of creatures running around on the front porch while the guests were watching were two baby striped skunks who don't need to stand on their heads. One set there right next to us and ate a hot dog.



Thursday, July 30, 2020

Just Stuff

Still hiking with Jax most every day. If we get a late start, usually guests want to go and they're late then we drive to shade somewhere so we have more time before the sun gets too hot.

We're getting some evening hikes in as well.

I had somebody not make it a couple days ago so I drive up to look at the traditional bad spot. It's a little beat up again so I take a shove and work on it for a couple hours and leave thinking no way anybody can't make it now. The very next night two sets of guests didn't make it. When they called I could hear the nervousness in their voices so I told them both to bail and cancel the reservation. This is still the best the road has been in probably close to eight years. The ledge is hardly a ledge though it was described as huge by one non check in but there is some sand in it so I shoveled away as much as I could. It's discouraging. Then around the corner comes this. I never figured out how to get the video in here but it shows up four or so posts from now.
I can't get the video to load correctly under this new format. I'll keep working on it.

One day we're out hiking and it's nice. I find a nice spot and sack out for half an hour or so. Couple days later my eyes hurt and have for two days. I think my eyelids are sunburned. Really.