Monday, October 18, 2021

Random Stuff

 I keep hearing different stuff about the place across the river but probably I don't care much anymore. My fear was it would be really crowded with planes flying in and out all the time but that hardly ever happens. One day I'll see three or four trucks and then none for a couple days.

Today, Sunday the 17th, Kobae is taking us on the high road by Doug's hogan who I've made no progress in buying and along the river.

I don't want to leave but if I buy something using my VA the requirement is that you live there. Not now. With two good people working here I'm able to hike with Jax and Kobae almost every day. The down side is I hardly know the guests checking in. Collin is taking care of check ins

so sometimes I don't meet them until their second or third day. Kobae is taking us high up on the viewpoints above the river going south toward the Wind Caves.

Kobae is always cooperative when he's deciding where to go but while he was cooperative getting back to the road, once it was time to turn around and head for home we fought for about a mile. My right boot against his left front leg. He have to step at the same time and as his foot is coming up and he only has three legs on the ground I have to push his left to the right with enough force that it pushes his head slightly to the right or at least straight ahead. Wherever his head is aiming that's where he's heading.

Neither of us took a step with out being connected to the other ones foot or leg thousands of times. Can't let him win even once or he just gets more determined and then I have to call the lodge to get somebody to bring a truck and we both lift him in the back. Last week one day he was really pissed off so I left him in the bed of the truck when we got back and he rammed the sides of the truck bed for an hour plus until he finally got tired. Then we opened the tail gate, picked him up and set him down and he was fine for the rest of the day.
We ceased the battle when we got to the mud puddle. I knew he was going through the middle and for a few brief seconds not trying to turn around and fight me. Then it was just a brief here and there battle the rest of the way back. We barely made it before dark but all in all a pretty good day. Special thanks to Jax who is so bored when we hike with Kobae as he's so slow but he's a trooper and goes out each time.

The Change Over

 Life is pretty good. Collin is taking over more of my duties each day. Every morning for weeks now I give him four or five more things to do and to watch for those things I haven't told him about before. Only now do I realize how massive the list of stuff I had to do each day was. Nate is a go-getter. First time since Linda and Linny I've had two good people or even one really. Each day I get a small pack and head out with Jax and Kobae. We follow Kobae's lead which is sometimes dangerous as his vantage point and decision making process comes from the view of six inches off the ground.

On this day Kobae went out the drive way and straight to the other side of the road. I'd completely forgotten I had five or ten acres up there so we wandered around awhile as I looked for something to build on but it's too close to the intersection with all the traffic going to Chicken Corner.

Mushrooms are growing pretty good when they get fertilized by cow poop.

Everywhere we go lot of people get out of their vehicles and walk with us or just stop and watch as we're hiking.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Canyonlands

The Canyonlands movie is coming to Star Hall here in Moab.



Sunday, October 10, 2021

We're All Caught Up

 For the first time in months after this post I'll be caught up in posts for the blog and every picture I've taken will have a home. 

This is the hogan I'm trying to buy so I can live close to the lodge in case they need help or for me to fill in if somebody goes somewhere. At the moment we don't have a deal but we're working on it. If it doesn't happen I have to find a place to build something on the property or go somewhere else. I guess I could stay here but I think it would feel weird.

James Maybe, a rich real estate guy has purchased Cave Man Ranch or Tangren-La depending on which member of the Tangren family owned it at the time. I've heard two stories that they are going to leave it much like it is and just rent to rich people, fly them in, give them tours, and fly them out. I doubt it. When you pay six million you're going to have to turn it into something similar to Red Cliffs lodge to get your money back and make it a fancy place.
The lodge and next door are staying pretty busy. Almost completely booked through the end of the month and probably will be close to Thanksgiving. I'm $20,000 short of beating last year's records and that could fall this month.
Something huge in the way of rock fall fell of the Anti-Cline at 5am this morning. I at first thought it was a lightning strike followed by rolling thunder but it wasn't that. The Earth was moving. Seemed very close to the two smaller ones we're had in the last month or so.

I think this is the third day of Collin and Nate both being here at the same time and the TO DO list is melting away. They are both very good so far and as a result I'm getting caught up on stuff I was suppose to do a long time ago.

Kobae still won't go down in his hole so it's extra work having somebody hang around so he doesn't knock doors off the hinges again. I'm nervous and excited at the same time about what comes next for me, and Jax, and Kobae.


 What a great dog Jax has turned into. From controlling the parking lot when we had a rock squirrel problem chewing wires which he solved. Then getting the front porch organized so the critters all know where they are suppose to be to keep from killing each other during feeding, and now he tracks Kobae for me when I can't find him and he's really good at it. He plays with guests and staff and tried to predict where Kobae is going to go so we can get a little ahead of him. That's his most difficult job since not even Kobae knows where he's going.

Occasionally Kobae goes to bed early and Jax and I hike on our own and then we get to put some height into it.

Jax always manages to pose for at least one dramatic photo per hike.

Disc Golf Tourney

 We're experimenting with a disc golf tourney for October. I went outside to watch the start. Kobae took off down the driveway and while we were hiking half way up Hurrah Pass I missed most of the tourney.

Moab 240

 We're the first aid station at the 32.8

mile mark for the Moab 240 running race. On Friday the first three runners showed up at 11:30am in a pretty decent rain which tapered off during the day, or at least it did here. I don't know about the other 239 miles. The support staff at this location is large and disc golfers are showing up for the tournament that starts on Saturday.

For the next seven hours they kept coming.

There is a SAR Search and Rescue side by side here and finally as the daylight grows short the flag people come in following the last runner and picking up all the flags behind them.

Hiking with Kobae and Jax

 When all three of us hike together, which is almost always, Jax and Kobae get in a little sleep time while I'm trying to get at least one book read this year and I'm almost there.

Kobae draws a crowd most everywhere he goes. We had 35 vehicles stop and ask questions and take pictures on our halfway hike up Hurrah Pass yesterday and folks stop almost everywhere.