Friday, July 31, 2015

Same Ol, Same Ol

Last week people came by saying they couldn't get to Chicken Corner cause there was a gate across the road. I went down and wired the cowboy gate open since somebody is closing it again and the cows won't be here until November. The last two days people have been coming by saying the road to Wind Caves and Chicken Corner is closed. Linny and I drove over and there is a fence going into the dead end canyon but some don't see where the road then goes up the hill and when they do there is (was) a sign that said "No vehicles" It's meant for an area that had heavy trespassing off road a year or so ago but folks are taking it to mean the whole road no vehicles. So we took that sign down and then headed up above the river to see if we could get a view that would tell us if we could kayak around the island. When getting there it looks like we have a beach but the mosquitoes while declining are still memorable so that will take a day when I feel like I need a blood transfusion to go work on the weeds, trail, and stairs. Experimented with Kobae hauler on side by side but rolled it so we have some work to do.

Love is in the Stairs

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Strange Night

I'm outside looking for ringtails and I hear voices coming out of the river. In time I find a raft beached on a sand bar which frees itself and heads on down the river in a nearly full moon night. Then there are headlights in Jackson Hole and we signal them as to where we are but they drive on by. A mother ringtail has brought her two babies up to the lodge just as her mother did and we patiently spend the night teaching them to eat hot dogs off the marshmellow sticks. Not a good video but entertaining dialogue of the night. We'll do better tonight.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hiking with the Man

Kobae started hiking about a week before he did last year. For the last few days I've seen him looking down the driveway thinking about it and on Sunday we were off. Only about an hour or so. I had my boots ready and a fanny pack all full of stuff and ready to go so he didn't get much of a lead on me this time. I had forgotten how much work he was to try and keep him out of trouble.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Twelve Hot Dog Night

With the small throat clearing Gray fox having found it's family it didn't visit the lodge last night at all which cleared the way for the ringtails to make up for the hot dogs they hadn't gotten the last week or so. The normally shy one weighing in at probably about 2.5 pounds came down the pole eight times taking a hot dog each time. I checked the wrapper and it ate one pound of meat and now, minus any presents it left on my roof, weighs 3.5 pounds. The second more aggressive ringtail showed up and took four hot dogs in about five minutes.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Maybe a Happy Ending

The new really small Gray fox is driving me nuts. All night within a few hundred feet of the lodge it goes around with it's clearing it's throat growl. I can't get a good night picture of it. Last night I went out and fed the small ringtail some hotdogs in the rafters and I could hear the fox a hundred feet or so straight out from the front porch. Then in the distance, out towards the front gate (well really the only gate now after the floods) I hear a high pitched bark, then the small fox growling picks up, then the pitch bark. I can tell they are closing on each other. The growl and bark come at a quicker rate and it appears mother and child are reunited as I can hear the tone pitch with each and then for the rest of the night silence. It appears for the last week the small fox has been without it's parent(s) and lost before it was quite ready. We shall see tonight but it looks like we might have a happy ending. Was a pretty neat end to an evening.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Week Off

I don't know. Got everybody out of Kane Creek and when I got back I noticed I didn't have any guests scheduled for a week so I felt like reading a book, and then another, and another and for the last week I just read and cleaned every day. Went to town once to get groceries and take some to Johnny across the river. Other than that, didn't go anywhere, or even pick up a camera. But, even without going anywhere stuff has happened over the last week or so. The batteries overheated in the solar and had to skip the batteries and run solar straight from the generator to the lodge. Holy cow, that was a lot of power that had to go somewhere so I ask everyone to turn their air conditioners on high. Still, I put four pieces of bread in the toaster and five seconds later they popped up smoking and black. Got it sorted out though. Some people pull up on dirt bikes and an ATV. We're walking around the lodge and they ask me about Caveman Ranch across the river and I'm starting to explain I'm just watching the place until the family sorts everything out and then the lady who was on the ATV points across the river and says "What's that?" I look across the river and there's a mountain lion walking over towards the garage area. Johnny is just up the stairs sitting outside smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer. I have the binoculars and everybody is yelling at him and the lady has a real loud whistle while I try to raise him on the walkie. Johnnie has the radio on and is singing "Girl Crush" or something and can't hear us. Two deer take off down the runway and we don't see the mountain lion again. About 7pm the porch lights come on so at least I know Johnny didn't get eaten or the mountain lion has figured out the light switches. Next day I ask Johnny why he didn't have the walkie on and he says "Saving batteries." I knew there was a mountain lion here because the cat came up and told me. Ok John. About a week ago the food bowl started going completely empty by morning every day. A fifth Gray fox has shown up. Very small and very afraid. It walks around the lodge all night growling. Not a real growl, more like it's cleaning it's throat. None of the regular ringtails have been showing up as a result except for a new real small one who once it reaches here sleeps up in the rafters after getting it's hot dogs until morning when it can see the coast is clear and then heads back down to the river. The Gray fox makes one more sweep my here every morning around 7:30 or 8. It chased a white-tailed antelope squirrel under the porch but when the white-tailed got cover and turned to sound the warning to the others the fox growled at it as if it was scared. So it is every morning. The new small ringtail comes to the water bowl first every night and takes a bath. When I walk out with the first hot dogs of the night there always wet tracks (all four) going under the porch and then again down the porch to the food bowl and by morning what water is left in the bowl is brown dirty. Three nights ago right out side the office window I heard the ringtail scream as if in pain and I figured a fox had got it but the next night there were the tracks and my friend up in the rafters.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Stuck (Day Two)

Grand County got Hunter Creek cleared and San Juan County did Kane Creek working around the stuck vehicle.

Stuck (Day One)

We are joined by eight motorcyclist who also can't get out. So on Friday night that I have no one scheduled to be at the lodge there are ten people staying here.

Little Rain

Base Camp did ok over the thunderstorms of the last few days. That wasn't the case for the rest of Grand and San Juan counties.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Kobae's House

I took a shovel and dug out Kobae's door so that he could get in easier. However three days later of throwing dirt out all day it's back to this.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Two Trains

I've decided before the month is over to see if I can create three new trails for guests to hike on during their visit. As much as possible without alternating the terrain or leaving a mark, not always possible. First I want to see if I can find a way to hike up one side of Hurrah to what we call the "Two Trains" rocks that look like they are two trains on a course to crash into each other and down the other side. I climbed up there once previously through the Moenkopi but had a difficult time finding a way down, then came back down the side I went up and that was plenty difficult. On this day I'm struggling to find a way even to get up to the Two Trains.

The Sign Says

Just past Kane Creek, on the other side of Hurrah Pass, is a BLM sign that says no camping for next six miles. It says that because much of the land on Hurrah is School Trust land and the land at the bottom is private, for example Base Camp. However, many people just ignore the sign or don't know when six miles is up.