Sunday, July 15, 2018

Good Night from the Canyon Lands

Sunday Morning Hike

Jax and I hiked over the Last Hurrah to pump water into the tanks, start cleaning the garage finally, and pull some weeds. Looks like the pond is going to have to be pulled as well but when I tried to pull one of them out it was pretty determined.

Saturday Evening

Kobae Takes a Shower

Saturday Morning Hike and a Couple Things

Snake track crossing the trail.
Puddle on the road going to the Wind Caves. With significant rain three of the last five nights there is no dust on the trail. Still the whole this side of the island portion of the river is drying up. In a month you'll be able to walk to the far south end of the island. Happened just once before when I first moved here. Some progress coming on the "Mother of all Hogans".

Friday, July 13, 2018

Hurrah Hikes

I let Jax lead and most mornings he wants to hike up Hurrah and back, about 5.5 miles round trip. Feeling better each time. Time up and down is getting better and on Thursday morning I ran more than 50% of it on the way back. When we returned Jax and I went down to the beach and jumped in the water. Jax is actually becoming a water dog.....slowly.

Later in the day my belt broke that I had been using to measure my weight loss with and I pulled one off the shelf from about three years ago. I wish I had never done that. From three years ago I still have two belt holes to go and that's just to get back in regular shape. Long ways to go for really good shape.

The two sharpest turns on Hurrah you just can't take a bad picture.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wednesday Morning

We got buried in rain last night so I throw a couple shovels in the Polaris and head up Hurrah to clean up any corners that got wiped out to make sure guest can depart this morning. There's nothing. One little water puddle. It's like Hurrah Pass never got hit at all. So Jax and I do a little hiking.

The Rain

I'm at Last Hurrah next door pumping water from the river to the pond, from the pond to the truck, to fill up the Base Camp cisterns which are almost dry.

Linny calls me to say a side by side pulled up saying they needed to call the side by side rental company as their other side by side with dad and three kids was broke down. I called and they said they'd be right out, course out here that means an hour and some change. The temp is 103.

With the tank in the back of the truck I drive over and pick them up and then escort the whole family down to the beach where it's 20 degrees cooler, maybe more. I take my boots off to show them they can jump in the river but before I can do that I hear three splashes look up and the kids are in already.

Little later the rental company shows up gives them a different side by side and everybody heads for town. Good timing, looks like rain is coming. I tell Linny I've got one cistern about 80% full and I'll start to fill the other one in case it does rain and fills it without my help. Doesn't look like much but then it comes over Dead Horse Point and swoops in on us. In ten minutes the temp goes from 103 to 73 and we get buried.

Both cisterns are full and I'm got a truck with a couple hundred gallons still in it. The hogans on the hill took a terrible beating and need to be re-mudded so I guess that's where the water is going.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunday Evening

Saturday Evening

A storm moves in and there's a lot of huffing and puffing but no rain.

Friday, July 6, 2018


Errand run to town so no hike then working at Last Hurrah in the afternoon. Trash pick up, check propane and wood, fill up drinking water. Linny does the inside and I do the outside.


Lot to do so limited hiking and our trash cache we picked up in about one mile on the road.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The River

Wednesday evening Linny and I went over to the boat house and it's incredible how low the river is. Then we went up on top and looked from the cliffs down and it's almost unbelievable. You already can't kayak around the island and within a month I'd bet you can walk all the way down to it without it being an island. That happened once before when I first moved here but it was December before it happened, not July.