Friday, December 6, 2019

Monday thru Friday

No shortage of vapor trails in the sky on Monday.
Tuesday was a good test of the heavy duty leaf springs as I took 20 six and a half gallon or more jugs of water to town and filled them up at roughly 8.3 pounds per gallon about 1,000 pounds all together. The truck can support that without a problem it's the road to here that isn't kind with that much weight in the back but it held up well even after adding 12 gallons of gas and filling up the truck with 15 more. Before and after.

I spent Wednesday shoveling, yanking, and raking weeds while pumping water from the pond into the holding tanks.

Once all the holding tanks and cisterns are full then I can pull more river from the river and fill the pond. Soon I'm going to have to take the pump and hoses out of the river before they freeze and then whatever I have in tanks, cisterns, and the pond is what I have to get through the winter. I finished everything Thursday and started pumping water into the pond to fill it for the winter.

Rachel had put the sign up closing the gate because when I left to take Kobae to San Diego the cows were headed out here. Then more cows were headed out here when I came back from dropping Kobae off but when they didn't show up I took the sign down. Today I heard cows on Hurrah so it's back again. Another chance to test the heavy duty leaf springs and all appears well with the 12 gallons of gas and water soaked firewood there were no problems.

Monday, December 2, 2019


Irin who recently stayed here sent me some cool pictures of their stay.

Greg sent me this very nice video they did while staying here.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Friday and Saturday

I did finally get a little rain on Friday, a lot of wind, and about 10 minutes of hail. Little bit of water running in the drive way.
I don't know if it was the wind or the hail but something did a job on the reeds in the pond at the main house next door.
Each morning when I walk outside the pigeon is huddled up and sleeping on the roof on the east side of the lodge roof.

It's a good Saturday. All sun and a lot of disc golfers showed up today. Lots of foxes and raccoons. So far the mountain lion appears to have visited only one evening over the Thanksgiving weekend where she is usually pretty consistent hanging for three or four nights. Perhaps she got a deer or big horn early and has returned to the Anti-Cline but if so it will be because she got her prey early. I probably won't know that answer until Michelle returns at some point and Jax and I are hiking again. That's when we usually find the victim.

Thursday, November 28, 2019


I was completely booked for Thanksgiving then the bunk bed room cancelled for weather, then the two singles and a king cancelled, then the Condo made it in their truck but their relatives in a small motor home of some sort couldn't make it up the pass so all of a sudden after turning down lots of people for Thanksgiving I have plenty of vacancy. Everybody said the weather looked too bad to risk it.

So, on Tuesday morning we wake up to a dusting of snow at the higher elevations but Jax and I go hiking. It's a little windy but it's nice. Propane truck showed up for their once a year fill up all the tanks at both places.

Jax and I hiked around the property on Wednesday looking for mountain lion tracks but didn't find anything except fox, raccoon, deer, big horn, and lots of really little people. Little windy again but nice day.

We didn't get to go to far either day as we had guests checking in and out all day. Thanksgiving looks like this and with only one check out it's a great hiking day but Michelle got a notification that a friend was really sick so she and Jax took off to go see the friend and the hiking day is wasted. Guests arrived from Salt Lake fine and Michelle took off for Colorado so somewhere out there was bad weather but it wasn't here.

What a strange feeling to have neither Kobae or Jax here and with all the guests checking out over the weekend some time, at the moment, I only have four check ins the whole month of December. I'm sure I'll get some more but still it's sparse so it's probably the right time to get alll the work caught up on the things I couldn't get to when it was so busy.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Stuff Upon Return

The return is unloading firewood, groceries, and supplies while unpacking. There are ravens hanging around on the roof, that's unusual. The last week they were very good at prying the lids off trash cans and pulling the trash out and at the female hogan pecking through the lid and pulling it out through the hole. I'd prefer not to have their attention and am putting straps on all the lids to fasten them to the can. Waking up Sunday morning to ravens on the roof and the same Monday morning. The pigeon is still here. Seems to have found a home. He/she's welcome. We're one. One guy, one tortoise, one dog, and one pigeon.
Rachel stayed at the Main House watching the place. She didn't hang around for darkness. Put food in the bowls and threw a bunch of hot dogs out. I ask if she fed the ringtails and she said she threw an eight pack of hot dogs up on the roof each night. Well that explains why I wake up to ravens on the roof every morning and on Saturday when I threw a hot dog out to the Day Fox a raven swooped off the roof and got it first. Have to wait to dark to put out the food now as the ravens have adapted.
Rachel added an extra bowl of food on the back porch while I was gone and said every morning all the bowls were empty except for Friday night bowls. Big cat scat on the road to Last Hurrah so the mountain lion has shown up a few days early compared to most years on Thanksgiving. Still Saturday night I had a few foxes and last night, Sunday, everybody was here raccoons, skunk, ringtail, and lots of foxes so if the mountain lion was here I'm not seeing any signs now. Saturday mornings bowls.

Jax and I hiked around some on Sunday but didn't find tracks where they usually are so I think the threat is diminished for the moment at least.

Lot of work to do the next few days and still feeling about 50% but there's no options. The property is full for Thanksgiving next door and here minus one last minute cancellation so guess I better get to work.
Jax and i will be getting our hikes in every day though.

Traffic Jam

After all that driving through Las Vegas and San Diego the traffic jam we run into is on the road back out to the lodge as they are unloading cattle.

Thursday Kobae, Jax, and I

Heather headed back to the house and Kobae, Jax, and I continued the hike. Was weird seeing Jax with a collar and leash though I rarely picked it up I just wanted to look like we were fitting in with community norms while still rebelling at the same time. When dogs bark at Kobae on his walk he takes it personal.