Friday, July 30, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Oh What a Night

On the road most of the day Tom returns toward Base Camp unaware of the devastation that waits for him. Both creeks are full, so full, he wasn't sure he was going to make it through Kane Creek. Needing both hands, no video. The road down Hurrah was partially gone. An apparent two hour cloudburst over the Anti Cline Overlook turned what Tom has been calling the best he's seen the road in three plus years into a boulder field and the worst he's seen the road. Tom has never had a journey to the lodge or an obstacle along the way where he wasn't 100% sure he was going to make it. Last night, he had four situations where he wasn't sure, of which one was doubtful. Tory (Cat Man) and Tom head up Hurrah in the morning to view some of the damage.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pinto and Louise (Yes really)

It's been two months plus since Tom let Pinto and Louise and the new ewe out to roam and they haven't been seen since. Every third or fourth day Linny and Tom walk down and fill up their water and put corn in their bowls, despite no footprints, no signs, so that should they ever come back they will know they always have water and food. Today as Tom walks out to let Kobae out of his pen, he looks on the hill behind Kobae and sees Pinto and Louise grazing. Tom walks down to the bowl and all the food and water Linny and Tom left the last evening is gone. Tom replaces it and Pinto and Louise walk over to spend the night in the cliffs above the river where they used to live. As with Thelma before, the third member of the party is missing. (Going to have to expand the picture to see them.)

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Beach is Back (as an island)

The beach has returned, with a hole or two here and there.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Comes Saturday Evening

Kobae Says Hi

Lizards, Courtesy of Debbie

The first guy is a Side Blotch. They like to hang around and see what you are up to and are caught, observed, and released fairly easily. The second one, in three plus years at Base Camp, Tom has never seen a Whiptail caught. These guys are fast as lightning and incredibly skittish. Running well before you get to them. "Guys" was the wrong word. Whiptails are female. The mother lays clone eggs, a result of hybridization between two other species.

Courtesy of Debbie 2

Courtesy of Debbie

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sunday Evening

Ducks, Geese, Train, and Blue Heron

Kathryn and Tom kayak the Colorado. (Take the picture, drag it on your desk top, click on it and blow it up and you can see the baby Blue Heron next to the nest.)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Hiking with Kobae 1

When there is an easy way to reach a destination and a difficult way, 95% of the time, Kobae will pick the difficult way. The climbing angles he attempts in the next several videos are hard to capture on camera, but they ain't easy which is why usually Tom doesn't bother to go with him.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Despite not having seen the sheep for a month, every third day Tom puts corn and water in the pen and every third day when he returns, both are gone. Tom sees only one set of tracks in and out. Today the mystery solves itself.