Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

Catman and Athena

Catman (Tory) and Athena return to Base Camp.

Rock Slide

Two Saturdays ago, Base Camp witnessed a hard rain with lightning and thunder. In one instance everyone heard thunder coming from the east, but never saw lightning. Sunday morning while hiking with Women Camp Linny and Tom came over the top from Disc Golf #14 to #15 and the trail was wiped out from a massive rock slide. Now you slip between these two boulders which weren't there the day before to get from #14 to #15. The large boulders that collapsed are the same two that Linny and Tom hiked to the top of a few months before.

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Not So Polite Kobae

Kobae returns to the lodge to find a dog intruding on his territory.

The Polite Kobae

For the first time all year, Kobae leaves the property on a hike. On the return to the lodge, Kobae politely holds up for a fellow reptile to cross the trail.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Game Changer

Base Camp is remarkable for so many reasons. You can hike, bike, climb, kayak, ATV, dirt bike, jeep, track, see all sorts of wildlife on the ground, aerial, and in the water, find dinosaur footprints, fossils forever, all sort of rock and petrified material and not have to go more than a few hundred feet. Then there is the night sky. The Milky Way is stunning and the moon this night so bright your shadow was as strong as if it were daylight, there were bats, and birds singing, crickets chirping an incredible chorus of soft sound all night. While the stars have been breathtaking most nights, today guests and friends of Base Camp, Dick and Becky, spent the night setting up for Tom, a game changer. We really haven't seen anything yet. What a night.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Tortoise, Hare, Toad, and Snake

Tube Worm

Going to have to make room on the wall. Linny's extensive rock, fossil, petrified wood, dinosaur bone collection just received a new addition thanks to the work of Nicole and Bradley.

Saturday, June 19, 2010


Stairway to Heaven

Upon returning to Base Camp Tom finds Laurie and Jaime have already visited Catacomb Rock and are ready for some hiking. Stairway fell victim to a rock fall last month and is a bit more difficult to climb than it was already. Laurie and Jaime photograph their climb to the top and Hurrah Pass captured from just above Stairway to Heaven.

More San Rafael Swell

San Rafael Swell

Tom drives Linny to Salina where she catches a ride with her Uncle Dave to visit friends in San Diego for a few weeks. Along the way Linny and Tom visit historical markers of the San Rafael Swell.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Jacobs Ladder

Linny, Nicole, Brad, and Tom climb Jacobs Ladder.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sandals Only

Tom can see the rain coming over the Anti Cline. That means one thing, wait half an hour or so, sandals and shorts, and it's time to go ATV surfing.

Dirt Shirt

In town they sell Dirt Shirts for $20. Or, you can do what Nicole, Bradley, and Linny do. Make your own. Linny test the mud to see if it's "worthy". Linny and Bradley begin their design work and finally the end product.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Critter Day

Hummingbird visits the Desert Willow, A female (pregnant..red spots) Leopard lizard says hello to Bradley, a wanderer travels through Base Camp with his female trail cat that hikes with him and Kobae returns from patrol to see what all the fuss is about.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Woman Camp

Woman Camp has arrived. Nine women, no husbands, children, boy friends for three nights. Just knew Linny would show up, like a moth to flame. All living in the hogans high on the hill above Base Camp.

No Sign

Nicole, Brad, Linny, and Tom head east traveling through Land of the Skinny People and Thousand Eyes searching for any sign of Pinto, Louise, and if we ever see them again, got to give the new ewe a name. They have not been seen since the day after Tom released them two and a half weeks ago. Looking south on ATV's the search party is caught up in a sand storm at Catacomb Rock.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Cowboy Down

Saturday Night Rodeo

First time opening the gate, not interested, second time, not interested, third time, interested.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Friday Night Rodeo

Linny and Tom to the rodeo. Mutton Busting, Barrel Racing, the Bulls.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


With only a few hours until Tom leaves to drive to Salt Lake and pick up his best friend in the whole world, Kobae chows down (as always), Tom lifts the cistern lid to get some water for the trees and plants and finds visitors hanging out on a 90 degree day with their own little swimming hole and the Desert Willow that just a few days ago had it's first bloom today has exploded in color allowing for resumption of bee and hummingbird exchanges.