Friday, May 18, 2018


Probably the most progress has been the Desert Willow. With the first bud blooming on the 14th, just four days later it's exploded and is full of hummingbirds. This is the most flowers I've ever seen on it because normally the rock squirrels would have been up raiding the tree and eating all the buds and flowers but with Jax always looking out the window they rarely come to the front porch. I've put my squirt guns away when feeding Kobae.

Everything is full again at Base Camp at both places and we're mostly full through the end of the month. By waking up at 5:30 each morning I've carved out some time to get fit again.

The body wants to stay in bed but the brain's determination and commitment forces it and it wins, every time. The mental battles while hiking are always present to turn around and go back when it starts hurting or breathing gets uncomfortable but I've been through this enough times before that I know by the little signs I'm making progress. Today while hiking I had to cinch up one more hold on my belt. For the first time ever when we stopped for a water break Jax laid down and he didn't chase any lizards at all. He's learning to conserve his energy not knowing for sure how long the hike will be.
There will come an evening where I won't be able to sleep because I can hardly wait to wake up and go hiking and with the first light I'll be out at 5am instead of 6am. It's only a matter of time. The body hasn't accepted it yet but the mind already knows it's going to happen.

Friday Morning Hike

For the second day in a row I heard voices and saw movement up on the Anti-Cline Overlook and I heard chutes open but they must have jumped off the other side.

Thursday Evening

Linny, Jax, and I take guests around the property on a little stroll to see some fossils, dino tracks, and views.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Parking Lot Patrol

Jax has found his purpose in life. To keep squirrels out of vehicles in the parking lot. He sits on my desk, in theory a sleep, but one eye open on the parking lot and when a rock squirrel is foolish enough to jump on a car tire, Jax is coming.

Thursday Morning Hike to Hurrah Pass

Wednesday Morning Hike

Jax and I hiked over toward the Wind Caves and back.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


On Sunday night I drove up to Provo and met Linny's mom to bring her back down and Michelle met us there to re-deliver Jax for his stay at Base Camp and with the morning we were out hiking. Just two days previous the boat dock and been almost straight up and down in the water but today she is floating. Pumped water from the pond to holding tanks. Every year between May 10th and May 14th the first blossoms explode on the Desert Willow. I was a little nervous when I walked outside today but there they were. With evening we got in another hike. I don't know who makes those tracks.