Sunday, November 29, 2020

The Monolith is not me

I didn't put it there. I didn't make it disappear. I don't know who did. I only know generally where it was. I'm getting emails and phone calls everyday asking if it was me. Even my doctor of 14 years called me at home and wanted me to take him to it. It was about 20 miles south of here off Lockhart Basin but it is not me. 

Thursday, November 26, 2020

The Shortest Hike

I drove a guest vehicle up to Hurrah who was a little nervous. We said good bye and Jax and I started down Hurrah to hike back. I took a picture of the guest leaving and it turns out the vehicle they passed was disc golfers coming to play the course so Jax and I only got about a quarter mile hike in before we caught a ride back down so I could go through the map with them.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Wind Caves

 Jax and I had a little free time today so we hiked over to the Wind Caves with guest Gabrielle and her dog Pepper. Jax saw a couple cows along the way and lived his dream for about ten minutes of being a cattle dog.

We found the "Shark" rock which is where the way to the top of the Caves starts but I was a little nervous about her pup making it and suggested we not do it. Jax was pretty persistent and kept climbing up about 20 feet until I headed down and he was finally convinced that we really weren't going to the top.

Sunday Evening

 I checked guests into the Main House and they appeared pretty amazed by their surroundings. Somebody said "You get some decent sunsets?" I got em squared away and Jax and I drove back to the lodge. When I got back the evening looked like this.


 The problem has been the right rear axles keep burning up. We've changed brands, types, and installation procedures and had two shops put them in and it makes no difference they burn up before I can even get out of town. Three times.

All of us going online it appears it's just the model year I have of course that is having this problem. About a third of the discussions say it's a bad transmission screwing it up. A third say it's the wrong size tires or multiple sizes of tires, and the other third say it's the exhaust system that is overheating it. After a short drive the left rear axle would read 135 degrees and the right rear axle 235 degrees. So we replaced the transmission, put all new tires on it, and built a heat shield between the exhaust and the right rear axle. Mad Bro called me and said they had driven it a lot and they don't know which one it was but it works. When you have this many vehicles you always have something that needs working on so I drove the Jeep into town and brought the Polaris back stopping every five or so miles so all the new parts could get broken in slowly.
I'd stop and Jax and I'd walk around a bit letting the Polaris cool off a bit. Each time anticipating a melted right rear axle as I'd get out to look and each time it was fine.

The thing that has taken the longest was finding parts. When Co-vid hit so many production lines shut down parts are hard to come by. I use to have three Honda ATVs which were really dependable but when the tsunami hit Japan the Honda factory got swamped and I couldn't get Honda parts for six months or at least that's what they told me regarding getting parts.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Courtesy Kurt


Even More Stuff

 I'm out looking at desert weed circles and if I'm interested well of course Jax is interested. This is weird, his face is in the picture I posted but doesn't show up on the blog.

I'm driving back from town Wednesday and I see the cowboys setting up their camp on the other side of Hurrah so the cows are coming. I swing by to say hi and ask what day they are bringing the cows over so I can close my gates and put signs out. They say within the next week. On Thursday some guys show up to play disc golf and say it took 2.5 hours to get here because they got caught up in a herd of cows coming over Hurrah, saw my gate was closed and assumed this wasn't the place and kept going. I comp the guys the round of disc and ran out and put the We're Open, close gate sign up so no check ins missed the turn.

This morning I'm cooking bacon and a guest's dog is pretending like he doesn't smell it but is working it's way towards the front door which is open. I start saying "noooooooo" and stretch it out. Dog is inching closer. I say "noooooooooo". Dog is on the side walk now approaching the stairs. Jax blows by me snarling and growling and the three times his size dog freezes. I could see Jax's face staring in to the eyes of the dog. "He said no. No, means no."

Jupiter is still pretty bright in the night sky and Saturn has just about caught up to it but not nearly as bright anymore. Mars however is shooting across the sky and will probably catch both of them in the next few weeks and they'll all be fairly close together.
About a month ago I had a 100 hot dog night. The foxes just kept coming. I think it was Tuesday night I'd gone through 40 hot dogs in about ten minutes. Seven ringtails were in the rafters, a couple skunks under the porch, a few raccoons here and there, but the foxes were everywhere. In less than half an hour we were at 85 hot dogs and then everything just quit. No more anybody showed up. I thought maybe the mountain lion showed up because it's almost that time but the last two nights things are back to normal 40 to 50 hot dogs.