Thursday, April 2, 2020

It's Sorted Out

Base Camp and Last Hurrah are open. I appreciate San Juan County a lot. San Juan Economic Development called me again to make sure I was open on Tuesday and I told them I was closed. They ask why. I said the directive saying so. He said, it was a suggestion. We had a meeting this morning and your name and location came up. We had a county wide policy and it wasn't selective. But, for people with few rentals out in the middle of the boonies are different. We're not telling you to shut down. We're assuming you'll use good judgment and make it right. With that San Juan cut me some slack and I don't want to let them down. I feel comfortable renting the main house, the condo, and the hogans though they share the same bathroom so we'll have to work out a program so there's no chance of catching anything. The lodge is a little more difficult. With common areas of kitchen, dining room, and living room and Michelle and I both living here this one will take more work. My goal is to learn as much as I can and come up with an example for others to follow eventually when things start to return to normal or semi normal at least.

That's what we could have done with the movie if the PAW (punk ass weenie) mafia hadn't gotten involved. I heard today that the lady that stirred everything up about not having outsiders come in was in California while she was posting on Facebook. I'm digging into it. Someday Moab will want the movie people back and we could have had a guideline for them to follow from what we would have learned.

On Tuesday temps got to the 70's, some wind but still Kobae finally came out of the laundry room.

On Wednesday Morning Jax, Michelle, and I hiked into Skinny People. Jax can do amazing stuff hiking. He must be thinking why does he get stuck hiking with humans.


When we got back from Skinny People I had three bookings over the next week. Two main house and one hogan. So far all good. Everyone is self quarantined of sorts. I had requests to use the side by side while they're here but I feel like San Juan has given me a tremendous amount of trust and they currently prohibit out of county folks from taking the trails so I'm going with them. I thought it might cost me a booking or two but it didn't.

I can't get Dre to go to the hospital. He's in the boat house gutting it out. Said he'll pass it at some point. He can barely walk.

Later in the day Jax was also in distress but it was mental. I could hear him whimpering so I went out to check what the issue was.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Tuesday, I'm Open, Mostly

Talked to various members of San Juan County today and got it figured out. It was not a directive they put out it was a suggestion. If I want to take guests, I can. However I'm to limit guest to guest contact as much as possible. So, I can rent out the main house, I can rent out the Condo, I can rent out one hogan at a time since they share the bathroom in the middle. and I can rent out a room or two at the lodge. They didn't make me do that but I want to limit exposure as much as possible also so that's what I suggested and they were fine with it. So, I've got some dimensional property chess to do figuring out how to limit contact with limited guests at one time. But I'll work on it tonight.

Guests are still ask not to visit San Juan County and risk a chance of a ticket or fine if not essential travel. All leisure travel on San Juan County roads is cancelled so when you get here you should stay here during your stay. I can't send you to the Wind Caves or Chicken Corner. I do have 145 acres and plenty to do on the property.

That's what I know.

Tom

As It's Suppose To Be


Monday, March 30, 2020

Sheriff is Back

Lot of requests yesterday and today about reservations already made and those that want to make them. I haven't yet gotten a call back from the guy that wrote the regulation that San Juan County put out. Everyone else has a different interpretation so at the moment I don't have anything to tell them.

On Sunday I was loading wood for the Condo in the side by side and saw five people and a dog walking around Caveman Ranch across the river. I called the agent, who called the Sheriff's office and they got them. The guy said he grew up there 40 years ago and wanted to show his wife and daughters. When the Sheriff called to get my statement I ask him about the shut down and he said you can take people for two days so they can rest up as they are passing through but they can't go out and do stuff. They have to stay on the property. Well this property is pretty large so that's something to consider.

Health Department gave me a different version and Economic Development gave me a third version so I'm waiting for the guy that wrote the regulation to call.

Jim Ryan was in Vegas last week and I got an email from Brendan and Amy who did the horror movie and they said they were sending some cookies back and a The Canyonlands hat for Linny and another for I. I told them Jim would eat the cookies and sell the hats but Sunday afternoon he showed up with everything. I would have apologized but he still owes me about $5,000 for hot dogs and beer. When I first moved out here he use to rent out his dirt bikes and tell people to come by and I'd make em some hot dogs in the hot dog machine and give them beer. I told him to quit sending people out here. He said he knew I was lonely. I had to explain to him that I partially moved out here to get away from the crowds. I wasn't forced. Not like the government made me move out here.


At 8:38pm Sunday night the phone rings and it's Michelle. Says she's coming back but she's lost. Thinks she's on Hurrah Pass because she has reception but it's dark and she can't see the road very well. I head up Hurrah and call Dre on the walkie to tell him I'm going to look for Michelle and Jax. As I go over the top of Hurrah I call him again to tell him I'll call him when I find her. I drive over the top and see headlights over towards the cattle guard so ten seconds after telling him I'd call when I find her, I find her.

When we wake up Monday morning I check for emails and look out the office window to see rock squirrels all over the porch relaxing, looking for left over food from the raccoon bowl. I tiptoe over to the front door and the rock squirrel world quickly finds out that the Sheriff is back. For five minutes rock squirrels run in all directions. It was bedlam. One made a mistake later and hid in the side by side.

Jax and I got a little hike in up to Doug's hogan when we heard a saw up there but nobody was there when we got there and we found a little trail through the cliffs to come back down.





Not long after we got back Michelle said she wanted to go on a hike with Jax so we headed out towards the Wind Caves and back. I only saw two sets of tracks in the road when we hiked back. The town is truly shut down.
Heading over to the big garage to get Kobae some cucumbers, though I'd taken a picture of this winged art prior I hadn't noticed that Jesus is behind the wheel.


San Juan County Update 7pm Monday

Over the weekend I had a guest cancel in reference to the San Juan County Health Department order which was news to me. I called them over the weekend and nobody answered. I called this morning and got sent to voice mail. I'm waiting.

I talked to Economic Development and they said I'm open but should only take guests that are here for essential travel. I mentioned that some people think there mental health is essential travel and she said that it's a tough one. Some people certainly believe that and essential travel is decreasing the odds of getting the virus and not much more remote than out here.

Yesterday I saw people walking around Caveman Ranch across the river and the Sheriff came out and talked to them, they said they grew up there, I ask if he knew about the health order and he said that they have been driving around all day to campsites kicking non residents out off of public land. He said they can come through for two days of rest and relaxation while they are traveling just to rest up but they can't go anywhere.

So, I'm waiting for the Health Department one way or the other after I've talked to them I'll get back to everyone that has emailed me in the last 48 hours for clarification. At the moment it seems like I'm open but suppose to only take people who are here for essential services. I told them I'm not going to interrogate people about that if they say they are I guess they are.

11:30am

Just spoke with one person at the Health Department who re-confirmed I am not closed down but he couldn't speak to what is essential services, what is somebody's health and well being (mental health), and he said there are exceptions but he'll have the guy that wrote the order call me. He's not sure when that will be. They're going around today talking to all the restaurants.

7pm

The guy that wrote the notice did not call me back. My interpretation so far is I'm not suppose to take guests unless they are from San Juan County which I don't think I've ever had one. I may take guest who are essential. That's a pretty loose definition. Essential to who. They said the county is kind of leaving it up to me. I hope to get a better definition tomorrow.

Tom

Tom

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunday Morning Toast

We're vacant. Nobody here but Dre and I. Dre thinks he's passing a kidney stone so he's gone next door to rest but he has a walkie. He said he's had this issue before. He doesn't have insurance of any kind so he's reluctant to go to the hospital. I think I'll go to town tomorrow and take him to the hospital to work out a payment plan though I have no income coming in now until this is done.
Some great emails last night and today from people wanting long term rentals and confirmation of upcoming bookings. Most have some reference to Punk Ass Weenies. I told them all I'd check with the Health Department tomorrow and get a clearer understanding of the situation and then let them know.
I just called the Moab Regional Hospital and told them I think Dre is passing a kidney stone and they said to bring him right in. I said "He ask me to let you know he doesn't have any money and he doesn't have any insurance before he came in." The lady said "We're a non profit hospital. Bring him in we might be able to get him some government help or a grant or the business office can help him out. We don't turn away anybody."

I almost had a hospital trip myself a couple days ago. I'm hand feeding Kobae a cucumber and when he took a bite juice squirted up in my eye and so I reached up to clear my eye and dropped the last little bit of the cucumber. When I looked down it was all in his mouth. The couple times he's nicked me have been extremely painful.

I'm thinking back to three or four years ago on 4th of July I think it was when I got hit by whatever it was and collapsed on the kitchen floor for so many hours and the two times I drifted off Kobae came and bit me on the arm, softly. Some people said Kobae was not letting me go under and now I realize they might have been right. He could have taken off part of my arm but it was just delicate enough to wake me up before I went into a coma. Geez, Kobae, thanks.


I'm Toast

Colorado shut down and then Utah suggested a voluntarily shut down and I dropped to about 20% of what I would normally have this time of year. Then Sunday's booking emailed me on Saturday to tell me in light of San Juan County Health Department order they weren't coming. I said "What order?" I looked up the health department web site and it says to tell everybody to not come and they can get fined if they do come, or something similar. I tried to call them and though they put out an order on Saturday they didn't answer the phone. What I'm hearing is that three cases, no not beer, showed up on the Navajo Reservation. I'd heard there were about 70 cases but all in Arizona and New Mexico. Now three have showed up on this side of the nation and though close to 100 miles from me the whole county shut down. I'll try them again Monday to get clarification but I think I'm toast.

Channel is on my side of the river eating up the beach every day and there's a two plus foot drop off to the water.
I haven't seen the pigeon since I got back with Kobae a month or so ago. But I did have a small sharp-shinned hawk make a couple passes at the songbirds today. If it becomes a regular it's looking like I'll have plenty of time to do battle with it since no guests.
Some of the stories I'm getting from guests. From Oregon a lady couldn't get away because anybody that can sew was ask to stay and make masks. Policeman from by L.A. on emergency shifts and it's a madhouse. Two more people emailed to say their area was on quarantine but thanks for not being a Punk Ass Weenie. That was gaining some real traction until I got shut down today. From San Diego they're patrolling neighborhoods making sure everyone is complying with quarantine. Guy came out from the last movie yesterday and said Moad is empty. I think it's been just before the tourney since I've been there so news to me but there are a lot less side by sides coming over Hurrah Pass. I only hear a few every day. Jeep Safari would have started next Friday and it's cancelled. Guests were out kayaking in the river and when they got back I had to tell them I'm closed.
I did get two interesting spam calls. The first one said "Our records show that your warranty on your vehicle is about to expire and if I wanted to renew it better push a button to get help. So I pushed it. I was shocked to find out my 2000 Ford 150 with almost 250,000 miles on it, and not easy miles, was too late to renew the warranty. Bummer I thought it was 20 years or 250,000 miles whichever came first. The second, I have to admit I can't remember what the product was but if I tried it they could get me a free cruise. It was so tempting because my odds of getting the virus on a cruise ship are so much less than getting it in a canyon hike in the middle of nowhere with the nearest neighbor ten miles or so away.
For some period of time it appears it's just Dre and I. Not completely. The foxes were out tonight, a little skunk running up and down the porch with a hot dog in it's mouth. ringtails in the rafters and the birds sang all day with the exception of the two Sharp-shinned fly byes and tonight though 1:30 in the morning I can hear the Canada geese fighting for nesting spots on the sand bars and island.