Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Some Stuff

In this first picture, this is what activity looks like just off the front porch when the temperature is 109. If you use your imagination you might see a fox chasing a rabbit and they are both walking. Then Kobae passes them.
In the second picture it become apparent why my grocery bill is so high. The two cups in the back are because this type of refrigerator has a defect that it leaks in two places in the back after so many years. Upper left, upper right, and middle right are Kobae's romaine. Middle left is my turkey bacon and some of it to Jax. Lower left and right in the drawers are Kobae cucumbers and green peppers and on the door and in the middle left drawer are fox, ringtail, and skunk hot dogs. I'm noticing an absence of food for me. In the hall way it's all bird food, sunflower seeds, and Kit&Kaboodle for other critters. In the cabinet, bananas for Kobae.
The third picture is a collection of items I tried to block the raccoons from getting into the skunks hole and taking their hotdogs. It finally worked. The fourth picture are the porch rocks settling because somebody is digging a tunnel under them trying to get to the skunks hole.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Monday Evening

Jax and I headed into the finger canyons below the Anti-Cline with the eventual goal of hiking back to the Three Finger canyons where we've seen a lot of deer lately. Just before we broke off to switch canyons bone fragments began showing up in the creek so instead we followed it to the end. Every year the mountain lion comes down twice from the Anti-Cline, takes a deer and then goes back up. Every year, twice, I find the remains, but not so far this year. If this was a deer, it was a pretty small one. On the way out we came across a small spring which Jax took a drink of but from the color of the ground around it and the look on Jax's face it's not hard to tell there's a little salt in it.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday Evening

With no shortage of pumps and hoses Last Hurrah is finally maxed out for water in the pond, the garage tank, the settling tank, and two holdings tanks and despite the high temperatures the river is going down so it appears our potential flooding issue is gone.

Saturday Evening


Jax and I spend most of the evening at Last Hurrah running hoses, pumps, and checking warning lights.


I'm still working on the water system at Last Hurrah. The pond has to be filled, water pumped into the settling tank, then 3,000 gallons pumped into the two holding tanks after going through the commercial filters, sand filter, and the house filters. There are lights coming on everywhere when there's too little water in a specific tank, when there's too much water in a specific tank, and overflows from one tank to another. It takes 45 minutes to fill the settling tank and 30 minutes to drain it all the while watching for warning lights to come on. On Friday Jax and I spent some time at Last Hurrah filling the pond and beginning to work on the number of pumps and hoses that will run the right amounts to keep any lights from coming on so I'm not just sitting in the water room watching for warnings.

Unfinished Business

A week or two ago when I got injured from a fall on the hike back to Last Hurrah we heard, but never saw, a bullfrog down in a mini cavern. The water was almost gone and I mentioned that if we didn't get rain in the next week or so I'd return, rescue the bullfrog and take it to the Last Hurrah pond. On Friday Rachel, Elsie, Jax, and I visited the almost empty spring site and found no sign of the bullfrog. There were no tracks in the mud and fresh moths floating on top leading me to believe the bullfrog had found an alternate location of water on it's own.