Friday, September 30, 2011

Not Once, Not Twice, But Three Times

A few weeks ago, Kobae took a break beneath a rock overhang, dug up some sand to throw on himself and Tom found flakes of arrowhead construction. Today, he picked a bush a couple hundred feet away from the last site and dug up some more. On the return to the lodge, Kobae blazed a new trail only a short distance from where he usually goes and Tom found a whole new rock formation with fossils Tom had never seen before.

Message in the Sand

Out hiking, Kobae and Tom find a message written in the sand.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Linster at the Beach

Linny makes a red spotted toad friend at the Base Camp beach.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Class, Class, Question Number Two

Question #1 didn't work out so well. Tom fed his favorite side blotch 40 flies and she was as agile as ever so we don't yet know the answer to Question #1. Question #2, can a whip snake, eat a bull snake, almost it's same size? Anybody? Hands up please.

Class, Pay Attention

Today's first question is, how many flies would it take, for a side blotch lizard to eat, before it fell of the wall on the front porch of Base Camp, under it's new weight?

There's Two of Them

Taking the High Road

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hunter Creek

While searching for guests that hadn't made it to Base Camp, Tom finds a vehicle deep into Hunter Creek (not the guests) with water flowing over the hood. Tom reverses the truck to attach tow straps and throws a walkie talkie into the driver so they can talk while organizing the pull out but hears the walkie splash in water inside the cab of the vehicle. Ten minutes or so of maneuvering eventually frees the vehicle.

Wednesday From Hurrah

The Path Least Traveled

Who's Up

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sunday Afternoon Hike, Nap, Hike, Nap.........

Sunday Mid Morning Kobae Visits the River

A Sunday Faded Midget Morning

Sunday morning, several miles from Base Camp and down the side of a steep cliff to be sure the Faded Midget doesn't return.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Creatures are Different Today

Tom and Kobae return from Saturday's hike. The four side blotch lizards that wait for the sound of the flyswatter whack on the front porch, are absent. Not a single Red Spotted or Woodhouse toad in the shrubbery. Tom spent 15 minutes catching them all and releasing them from the cistern yesterday and they have all returned, every one, and it's not hot. The critters, creatures of habit, are different today. As Tom waters along the west end of the front porch he sees it. Putting an open container on the ground and directing it with a walking stick, Tom captures the Faded Midget.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Kobae: The Great Discoverer

Tom spends Saturday hiking with Kobae. During one of three, hour or so naps Kobae took at various locations, Kobae flipped dirt on his back which had arrowhead flakes in it. Looking closer Tom finds arrowheads and flakes to include at least one rock that was used to fashion arrow or spear heads.

Kane Creek

Tom takes Julia to town and mentions, though dry now, if raining in the La Sal Mountains, which it appears to be, Kane Creek can have a wall of water six to eight feet high. Returning from town the wall hits. A jeep struggles just after the wall goes through. With people stranded on both sides, Tom wades into the water searching for traction and finds gravel at one spot on the bottom. There could be a brief window when the water recedes, though a second wall could come at any time. Tom thinks he's found the traction and the window.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Really Tom? Tom, really? You're serious! Oh my God.

Linny said she needed a school backpack. At the store, Tom, saw a camouflage backpack and said "Linny look. That would be cool." Linny's eyes got big, she stared at Tom. Her eyes got bigger, she stared harder. Really Tom? Tom, really? You're serious! Oh my God.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Eleven Hours of Kobae

The day was cool, in the 80's. Kobae headed down the driveway at 9:30am. Hiked two thirds of the way up Hurrah, suddenly about faced, then headed out to the ledges on the Anti Cline, then into the canyons, and finally returned to Base Camp at 8:30pm. Kobae won't hike in the dark so Tom got a little creative to get him home.