Thursday, March 30, 2017


There were virtually no pictures left at Last Hurrah after the transfer of ownership. So I took Alf out hiking on some of my favorite trails and he took pictures of some of the most memorable locations. Logan called from Framed Image and said some of them are done so Kristin picked them up and has been putting them on the Last Hurrah walls.

Rock Garden Backwards

I'm really enjoying the Rock Garden trail and have done it five times in the last week. It's unique, only take about half an hour, and is more challenging than most, plus it's a back way into Land of the Skinny People. So after taking Beth, Miles, and Ethan on it, when they continued on to Skinny People, Thousand Eyes, and Geode Heaven I did Rock Garden backwards.

Jax (Desert Dog, not Designer Dog)

Michelle has arrived for a few days to pick up Jax. I have to say I've really grown fond of Jax and have enjoyed having him as a hiking partner especially the last few months. Michelle gave him a bath where he's almost white again and we take him for one last hike before his departure. I suspect we'll see him again. You can take the dog out of the desert, but you can't take the desert out of the dog.


Kristin has been working out here off and on for quite a few years. This year it's a lot of on and the timing is perfect with the acquisition of Last Hurrah. She wants the responsibility of getting it all ready to go and maintaining both it and the lodge so I'm giving it to her. We're having a problem with vehicles entering Last Hurrah by entrance through creek beds and so we've come up with this. Kristin did it nicely. They should be able to see it well and we won't have the issue of the water tearing it down when it goes through the creek bed.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sunday Evening

Rock Garden

On Friday, Jax and I, hiked the Rock Garden. On Sunday Michelle, Jax, and I hiked it. On Monday Michelle, Jax, John, Pam, Luke, and Kendall hiked it.

Saturday Evening

Friday, March 24, 2017


The way it works is that mama has the baby and then while the after birth is still on her and her scent is strong she walks away to draw any potential predator away from her baby. Sure that it is safe she comes back from the other direction to begin the relationship. I witnessed just such a thing one day a few years ago and on this day Jim and Judy got to witness the same. By the end of the day he/she will be able to run like the wind.

In Search of Big Horn

Each morning and evening Jax and I hike out to keep an eye on the Big Horn. 

From Town to Base Camp

Evening and Indian Paint Brush

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Jax and I are searching behind Last Hurrah for the big horn that we haven't seen in four or five days. Lots of tracks and lots of scat but no physical presence that we can find. With guests checking in and more checking out it's time to return to the lodge. As we exit the last canyon to hit the road on our return I look back one more time just in case and there, far in the distance, silhouetted high on a rock is a lone sentry. They were watching us the whole time.

Morning Coffee

I don't drink coffee, but I do drink the morning. I don't read the paper but I do read the print. As the paper tells of yesterdays events, the sand tells me of last nights events. The stinkbugs were busy and appeared to cross paths. The kangaroo rats abound. There were white-tailed antelope squirrels going about their business early this morning and in breaking news live and up to the second the last picture tells me there's a little white (and red) desert dog in front of me. Yes, I'm that good.