Thursday, August 30, 2007

Pinpoint Landing/Kobae Drinking?

While the Canadians make pinpoint landings in the river, Kobae, well, is Kobae.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Storm a Coming

When Kobae began the walk at 4pm it was a nice day. At 5pm Tom could see the gathering storm and tried to change Kobae's direction. Kobae at 9 inches tall, wasn't as concerned about wind and lightning as Tom was. Returning to the lodge office, the damage was done.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Early Tortoise Gets the Carrot, Cucumber, and Lettuce

Kobae, first to the meal. Rockie come lately, the leftovers.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Quality Mud

Not everybody enjoyed the drive to Base Camp during the recent rains.

A Day At The Catacombs

Monday, August 20, 2007

Kobae Found

Kobae had been missing 22 hours. Tom's legs were cramping and along with Gaylen, Logan, and Doug, they were wearing down with darkness again approaching. Logan called out. "In the bush, he's in the bush." And Kobae was returned home.

First Sign

At 2:30pm the following day, the first sign of Kobae, though well outside the perimeter Tom had expected. An hour later another, with fresh mud. Then a third at a dead end, and a fourth sliding down a ridge taking the rocks with him. Kobae was still missing, but alive.

Kobae Lost

Tom was watering in front of the lodge as Kobae ate. When Tom turned back, Kobae was gone. From 6:30pm to 9:30pm Tom searched in vain for Kobae. When the sun set all Tom could do was cry "Wilson". Then the rains came, wiping out any trail.

Kobae on the Red

Kobae examines his potential putt on the legendary Base Camp disc golf course.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Battered, Bruised, But a Survivor

As Kobae explores, the ground collapses beneath him. Struggling seems to make it worse. Eventually, after an hour of fighting, with two dirt eyes, Kobae emerges.


Kobae, rising from his afternoon nap, checks the temperature, undaunted, a new adventure begins.

A Meal Together

Despite their shaky beginning, Rockie and Kobae have found peace.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Cliff Hanger

Gaylen and Tom decide to conquer the Cliff Hanger trail to the top of Amasa Back on the trials bikes.

Company for Kobae

Another creature from the ages shows up at Base Camp.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Lonely Sentinel

Kobae, the security tortoise, patrols the perimeter of Base Camp. Then as dusk comes to the Canyonlands, heads home.

Jacobs Ladder

Gaylen and Tom decide to climb Jacob's Ladder. 1/3rd of the way up, half way, to the top, and the lodge from the top of the Amasa Back

And It Begins Again

Tom and Bill have just rescued their 16th and 17th people from the mud of last week's rains. Exhausted, they return to the lodge for food and sleep, when they hear a familiar noise, and it begins again.