Sunday we had a visitor! The Cowboy had gone out to the garage and when he came around to the back door there was a very long gopher snake stretched out just under the door into the house. The Cowboy encouraged the snake to move along but he wasn’t very interested in crawling away but eventually did disappear–probably somewhere less busy!
On Friday we purchased what we thought was oil based enamel paint for the garage door. The Cowboy was trying his hand at mixing other oil based paints into the paint we purchased at Home Depot. He was attempting to match the color of the house but the paint just wouldn’t stay mixed–it kept separating. Much to his dismay he discovered we had purchased a latex paint!! The can looked just like the other oil based paint we had purchased and was on the very same shelf as the other oil based paint. So, that idea went out the window and on Tuesday we went back to Sierra Vista, took a chip of the stucco with us for matching and purchased a latex type paint for metal–to paint the garage door. It’s amazing how close places like Home Depot can match your paint colors. I painted the garage door this afternoon and it’s a perfect match!
On Monday we played taking another ATV trip with Dan and Louanne. Our destination was Hands Pass and the Kasper Tunnel in the Chiricahua Mountains. In the 1890’s the Hand brothers three came to this area to mine. They acquired the Hilltop Mine and the hand dug small tunnel through the mountains allowed the town of Hilltop to develop on both sides of the mountain. Our Backcountry Adventures Arizona book gave great directions; our GPS as well as the Avenza Map app showed the trail but it was not to be. We came to a locked gate with lots of ominous “no trespassing” signs. We tried another trail–the Pine Canyon Trail with the same results–a locked gate. That trail was so rocky we were almost glad to find out there was a locked gate! 🙂 It was still a great day, the weather was perfect for riding, we found water still running in the desert and saw a few critters.
You can never take the girl out of the country! 🙂
Today my little brother retired at the ripe old age of almost 58. He started working for an Arkansas power plant when he was 19 years old and has worked there for almost 40 years as an electrician. I am so proud of him–he’s worked very, very hard all these years both at this job and on the farm he inherited from my grandfather. Enjoy your retirement Ross, you’ve earned it!