Sunday, September 23, 2018

Saturday Netherlands

Jax and I take a couple of guests from the Netherlands out hiking with us. Apparently there isn't a lot of this type of landscape there.

Kobae Does the Beach


On Friday morning Jax and I are headed out on our morning hike and we're not too far down the trail when Jax alerts to something ahead. Then his nose goes to the ground and he's off. I figure it's deer since there are tracks everywhere and while I'm trying to calm him down he's getting more excited. Then he takes off running.

I hear a woman's voice "I'm sorry. I'm sorry." I round the corner and Jax is licking her face. She's camped right by the tee on Hole #11 of the disc golf course. She's nervous she's trespassing but to me she has walking sticks so she's a Hayduker or Discoverer. Hayduke she says, trail name Scratch, but she's turning back. She went further last night and missed the lodge but there was ash in the air and she didn't know what that meant for her future ahead. She said the Hayduke is not really a trail. It's more navigating washes and canyons than it is following a trail. She feels like she's not prepared or ready for an adventure like this. I give her directions just another quarter of a mile to the lodge to fill up on water and she's going to hike back Jackson Hole way so not likely we'll see her again.

Jax and I continue our hike.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Wednesday Evening

Wednesday Kobae Hike

My Heart is Broken

I've been dreading this day for a long time. Linny left to go back to Salt Lake for school and to prepare of her 15th birthday party. How amazing it has been having her here with just the two of us running the place and all the rescues off the property. I've owned a lot of things and had a lot of good folks work for and with me over the years but there was some real magic here. Like we read each other's minds. I shall miss her greatly.

Highway 6 from Price to Provo was closed because of fires so I had to drive 70 and then cut through to Scipio. Linny's mom met us there and save me another three to four hours of round trip driving. I got an hour's sleep at Spotted Wolf viewpoint in The Maize and another hour in the Amasa Back parking lot. The stars were amazing.

Left at sunset and got back at sunrise.

Skinny People

On Tuesday morning Jax, Julie (guest), and I hiked Land of the Skinny People.

Monday, September 17, 2018


The day before's wedding at Last Hurrah is over. Linny and I didn't go but Kobae did. He got out and walked all the way over to where the party was so Linny and I followed him trying to turn him around but he wouldn't so Linny hiked back, got the truck and we put him in the back but not before everybody took a bunch of pictures. It was unique.

Now, it's quiet.

One Deep Spot

Kristin cut a trail to the far end of the beach where there is one way to get in and just barely. Moab Jett is going to have to shoot over the shallow parts with momentum.

Friday Evening

Base Camp and Last Hurrah have both filled up.

Mama Was a Rolling Stone

Jennifer leaves. Linny gets a text Friday night that she's singing for some homeless people somewhere.

Friday: The Day Before

Brandon and Kristin are in the pond most of the way removing some reeds and mudding the rubber lining to give it a more natural look for the wedding.

Moab Jett

With a large wedding coming up on the weekend and 20 of the guests coming in by boat (maybe) Moab Jett spends a couple hours trying to find a way to get to shore pushing the paddle down over and over again trying to find enough water clearance to keep from getting stuck on a sand bar.

Thursday, September 13, 2018


If she sings for us again I'll use the GoPro and see if I can get a better picture and sound quality. If the arrow isn't centered on the video click on the YouTube writing instead to get it centered.

Thursday Morning Stuff

Jax and I are hiking Hurrah Pass when a bicycle blows around the corner and it's Kristin coming to finish up stuff for the wedding. Continuing our hike two more bicycles come around the corner. They're from Australia taking Lockhart Basin down to Needles. While we're talking a portion of the Kayenta on the Anti-Cline cracks and falls just over my shoulder. Jax and I continue our climb when two ATVs round the corner with little dogs on them and Jax takes off chasing them down the road to play with them. I give up and turn around. The summit of Hurrah Pass was not in the cards today.

Karna Stuff

It's 2:30 am Thursday morning. Jax and I are sitting on the front porch and the stars are brilliant. The Milky Way is running East West. There are raccoons walking all around us eating out of the bowls and in the flower bed eating Kobae leftovers. A few falling stars briefly appear and disappear resting or not on their new home. A lady from Orlando Homes and Gardens I think it was about ten years ago describing night at Base Camp "a sky so filled with stars that when one falls another takes it's place"......
Brandon has made a difference. He's a hard worker. He's spent his first week and a half tackling weeds and clean up over at Last Hurrah and was pulling reeds out of the pond today when three big horn, two of them babies, showed up to drink out of the pond. He called and I ask him to leave the pond and take a break. Guests told me that when he left the big horn did come down and drink out of the pond.

Jennifer is sleeping on the front porch. She's starting to settle in a bit and hanging out with Linny. She has a really good heart. When I called today on the walkie and ask them to wait for me to give Immersion a ride to town she got on the walkie and said "We'll wait. Tell him we got his back." When Jennifer and Linny returned from town they said he was much better but was still having a little hallucination issue with a woman in a white top, white shorts, and white hat serving him Coke and Pina Colladas while he lay in the shade. He said it's what kept him alive. Jennifer sings a little now and then. She's sort of a Jason Mraz except better.

We're busy enough again that there's always a dog here so Kobae and I aren't hiking. He's staying here to defend his turf and when there's not a dog around he chases Jax who's growing tired of it. I put Kobae's food down and Kobae went over, sniffed it, then started looking for dogs. Jax walked over and peed on Kobae's food. Then Kobae ate it. It's a nice night. Even Kobae is sleeping outside.
Linny has less than a week before she returns to Salt Lake. She has become such an integral part of Base Camp. Sometimes we say the same thing at the exact same time or see something and look at each other at the same time. She has grown so much this year as a young woman. Imagine that a girl that just turned 15 can be responsible without supervision for the cleaning and maintenance of five rooms at the lodge, two hogans next door, and a full two (2) bedroom houses. She gets up in the morning, gets her cleaning stuff, a canteen, and a walkie and heads off to work taking the truck, Jeep, or side by side whichever is most appropriate for the work she has in front of her for the day. She'll ask which rentals have checked out and which units have rentals coming in. Logs it mentally and heads out the door. I usually don't see her again until the day is done. She sort of went from early teenager to adult and skipped all that stuff in between. I will miss her so much.

It's been busy with Jax and I able to hike on average just every other day but we're going to try and get back to daily despite the Mother of all Weddings coming up this weekend. We have good people right now and we're going to leave them alone and let them do their thing.

Still getting six to ten vehicles a day coming up the drive way asking for directions, water, bathroom, or something. Most start with showing me a map and saying "We came over Hurrah Pass and now we're here." Since there's only one way here and I know where I am, guessing it's for their own reassurance. They comment that they were trying to get to.....but the canyon dead ended. I explain I've told all the rental agencies and they haven't fixed their maps, or do they mention it. There was a fence across it but some asshole tore it down. I put it back up and another asshole tears it back down again. Apparently there's no shortage of assholes.

I've got a system at the lodge that runs well, getting Last Hurrah into shape, found a way to feed hundreds of critters without them killing each other day and night so there's got to be a system for keeping people on the trails and not tearing things up. The dealers of the vehicles won't help and the BLM never returns a phone call or even responds to a visit, so it's me. If I'm going to keep the land out here from becoming one big sand dune with no vegetation and tire tracks all over the place I have to find something.

Karma has given me some good people so I hope she has a little bit more goodwill that could be lent to me. My gut tells me Karma never feels like it owes anybody anything.

Five Minutes on the Roof with Kobae

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Close Call

Jennifer and Linny have developed a connection. Jennifer goes next door with Linny to clean and then they head off to town to get supplies.
Fifteen minutes after they leave here come Immersion up the driveway. Hayduke beat him up. He ran out of water and he's been struggling the last two days out of water having all kinds of hallucinations. He found some mud that was suppose to be a water source and laid in it for hours trying to cool down. Eventually he found the river and drank it untreated. All day he's been hiking back to here for a water source in 95 degrees and he's in bad shape. He needs to get to town quickly. I call Linny on the walkie and she says she's just going over Hurrah Pass. I ask her to stay right there, I'm bringing Immersion with me and he needs a ride to town. The transfer is made and here's hoping the best for Immersion.

Hoops and Hayduke

It's Wednesday morning and time for Hoops to hit the Hayduke Trail. Jax and I retrace our steps of yesterdays hike and do the first couple miles with her and then we head back with two miles to go. Hoops has 800 plus miles to go. Jax and I say good bye.