We Have A Porch Roof

Monday we drove to Sierra Vista to purchase the steel for the porch roof and miscellaneous other items. Walmart grocery pickup worked seamlessly this time. We had reached out to Steve from The Hounds And Other Adventures but a meet up just couldn’t happen. We will give more notice next time and make it happen.

Tuesday the Cowboy spent the day running electrical wires while I cooked and cleaned.  About 3pm Jeanie and Ray arrived. We met these folks in 2011 through Al and Kelly of the Bayfield Bunch while spending time in the Elfrida/Pearce area in our camping in the motorhome days. The little schnauzer in the photo with Jeanie is Jazz, our sweet girl we had before Emmi.  Jazz was thinking the chicken behind the fence looked mighty tasty.  We  had a great time catching up and enjoyed a fabulous meal.

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The last couple of days clouds have rolled in allowing for good sunset photos–

The mornings have been calm and chilly–the coal fired electrical generating plant was sending up big plumes of steam as Emmi and I took our walk one of those chilly morning.

Today we spent the entire day working on the porch roof and we now have a roof.  Later in the year we will have the cement poured for the floor. It certainly changes the look of our house.  We will also have a porch over the front door of the guest house–later.

And I hung my little “It’s A Dog’s Life” quilt today.  Have you quilting readers ever used the Hang It Dang It quilt rods?  I love these hangers–one little nail in the wall and the quilt is balanced perfectly.

And that’s about it for the early part of our week. Thanks for reading!

Work And Play

Thursday we worked on the porch roof a bit and Friday the Cowboy worked on the porch roof a bit too much! Friday evening Louanne and Dan joined us for a fabulous meal if I do say so myself! I grilled a tri-tip using this recipe I found on the internet–

Grilled Tri-Tip (Allrecipes.com)

Ingredients

4 pounds tri-tip roast

4 cloves garlic, peeled and very thinly sliced

1/3 cup salt

1/3 cup black pepper

1/3 cup garlic salt

Directions

Using a sharp knife, cut small slits into the top of the roast. Stuff the slits with slices of garlic.

  1. Mix together salt, pepper, and garlic salt. Rub entire mixture all over the tri-tip. Refrigerate at least an hour and up to all day. Take the meat out of the refrigerator about 20 minutes before grilling.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
  3. Place the meat directly above the flame for 5 to 10 minutes per side (depending on thickness) to sear the meat and lock in the juices.
  4. Turn the grill down to medium heat and continue to cook for another 25 to 30 minutes, trying not to flip it too much. Check for doneness with a meat thermometer. Thermometer should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C) for medium-rare. Let stand, covered loosely with aluminum foil, for 5 minutes before slicing. Slice across the grain.
  5. My notes:  I reduce the amount of both the salt and garlic salt just a bit–it’s too salty for us if you use the amount in the recipe. Use an instant read meat thermometer–I use this thermometer  by Weber and it works well by keeping you from overcooking this cut of meat.

Dan provided the dessert, an apple tart kind of dessert–it was wonderful and we got to keep the leftovers!

Saturday we drove to Elfrida to visit the farmer’s market.  Not much “farm” to the market, mostly arts and crafts and assorted garage sale type “junk.” Back at home we joined Dan and Louanne for a trip to the Amerind Museum to enjoy the museum’s Autumn Fest celebrating the Native American Zuni art, history and culture.  These Zuni women were amazing–we are thinking those are real pottery pots on top of their heads which stayed in place the whole time they danced–

Their costumes were stunning–notice their squash blossom necklaces! These two ladies were the musicians.

Sunday we enjoyed a late breakfast, I headed off to church and the Cowboy erected the rest of the ceiling in one of the main house bedrooms.  Late lunch and the rest of the day was quiet–I stitched quilt binding and read–I started a 1474 page book–A Suitable Boy. I am a fast reader but this one may take me a while.  The book is set in India and I keep having to refer back to the character list to keep myself oriented.

Life is good.

Fall In The Chiricahuas

We’ve been having some of the most wonderful weather–high 70’s in the day time. One morning it was 37 degrees but most mornings it’s in the low 40’s. We will take it!

The Cowboy and I have been working on the front porch of the main house in the mornings before the sun gets too hot. I can’t wait until this part of our house is finished–it’s going to make a big difference in how the house looks.

Has anyone ever seen a tree like this?  We purchased this potted tree in December of 2017 at Home Depot.  It sat beside our front door and I strung Christmas lights on the tree–we purchased what we thought was a spruce tree. When we arrived this season our spruce tree had morphed into a pine tree?????

We took a break today and drove over the Chiricahua Mountains to Portal. We usually go home through Rodeo, NM and then Douglas, AZ but today we just turned around and headed back over the mountain. It’s beginning to be fall at those higher elevations and we saw beautiful color and no people.  We were both amazed at how few people were up there today–awesome!

This one’s for you Mike McFall  –to those of you who don’t know, the RVing, blogger world lost a good one last week.  Mike had struggled for years with cancer and the disease finally took him.  We will all miss that big smile and those stories, rest in peace Mike.

Our lunch spot at the Paradise, AZ cemetery.  There is a list of those buried in the cemetery and the earliest date was 1904 and the latest 2018. Paradise was a former mining town in the early 1900’s but when the mine was abandoned and the post office closed, the town died in about 1943.  There is an eclectic group of people living in Paradise now in a cluster of old homes.

Emmi’s favorite position when the truck is going slowly.

And that’s about it for the last few days, life is good.

One Big Train

Moon going down over the Dragoons Almost down, peeking over the Dragoons

Moon coming up in a cloud bank.

Party is over, time to go back to work! Thursday I painted the hot water heater closet–part of the remodel of the remodel. One of the bedrooms in the main house was going to have two doors–one to the hallway and one into the bathroom and they were both originally going to be located in a corner. The Cowboy despises pocket doors–I love them because they take up no space in a room. So, in a semi-compromise we moved the location of the hot water tank and put the bedroom door to the hallway in the former location of the hot water tank–clear as mud, right! After the paint dried the Cowboy laid the tile flooring, grouted it Friday morning and then moved the hot water tank into its new spot.

The Cowboy has been working on the bedroom ceiling–lowering it a touch.  We tried to find some garage sales Friday morning but the people who advertised and put out signs obviously changed their minds!  I finished a great book–A Tangled Mercy by Joy Jordan-Lake set in Charleston, SC during the slave era and present day.

Mid afternoon Friday the Home Depot truck arrived with all the stuff we had ordered a week or so ago. Very nice and competent driver, Larry. He made short work of unloading, we moved some of the stuff into the house and garage–the rest of the stuff will stay outside for a while.

Saturday we had an exciting experience–we got to see Union Pacific’s No. 4014 The Big Boy steam locomotive.

Big Boy No. 4014

Twenty-five Big Boys were built exclusively for Union Pacific Railroad, the first of which was delivered in 1941. The locomotives were 132 feet long and weighed 1.2 million pounds. Because of their great length, the frames of the Big Boys were “hinged,” or articulated, to allow them to negotiate curves. They had a 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement, which meant they had four wheels on the leading set of “pilot” wheels which guided the engine, eight drivers, another set of eight drivers, and four wheels following which supported the rear of the locomotive. The massive engines normally operated between Ogden, Utah, and Cheyenne, Wyo.

There are seven Big Boys on public display in various cities around the country. They can be found in St. Louis, Missouri; Dallas, Texas; Omaha, Nebraska; Denver, Colorado; Scranton, Pennsylvania; Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Big Boy No. 4014 was delivered to Union Pacific in December 1941. The locomotive was retired in December 1961, having traveled 1,031,205 miles in its 20 years in service.  Union Pacific reacquired No. 4014 from the RailGiants Museum in Pomona, California, in 2013, and relocated it back to Cheyenne to begin a multi-year restoration process. It returned to service in May 2019 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s Completion.  from UP.com

It was thrilling to stand by the tracks and watch that gigantic train approach.

Oiling the pistons, has to be done at every stop.

I know those guys!   The whistle was loud and the engineer blew it long and loud for the crowd. Willcox was also having a wine festival and the little town was quite crowded. After the train left we headed to the Double S restaurant for lunch. We are glad Dan went with us. And as we were walking back toward the truck I heard someone say my name, I turned and there was a couple from the past–Jeanie and Ray from McNeal just south of us.  The Bayfield Bunch introduced us to Ray and Jeanie long ago–Al and Kelly used to ranch sit for them and we also stayed in this area. This link will take you to our other blog and our first visit with Jeanie and Ray.   As I read that post on TinTeePeeLogCabin I had to smile–we did a complete turn around about owning property didn’t we!

Before leaving for Willcox we started a little preliminary work on the front porch of the main house–I am so excited–I’ve been wanting that to happen but I don’t bug my contractor! 🙂

Sunday we went to church and when home the Cowboy finished installing the new hot water heater. In the late afternoon we went to the home of friends, Lyndon and Lisa where we met some new people and enjoyed a fabulous meal and conversation.  Life is good!

Twenty Five Years

And they said it wouldn’t last! Michael and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary today, Wednesday. We were 38 and 48 when we met and were married shortly thereafter when we were 39 and 49. Where have the years gone, it truly does seem like yesterday when I walked into Walkers Grill in Billings, MT to meet a guy I’d never seen before.  I often say I wish we had met when we were younger but I will take the years we’ve had. He loves me to the moon and back and I love him to the moon and back. No, it hasn’t always been a bed of roses but we’ve had way more good times/days/years than bad.

our wedding dayOur wedding day in October with a snowstorm at the home of dear friends, Jill and Terry.  Here’s a link to the story of how the Cowboy and I met.

And no, I didn’t ride the motorcycle wearing flip flops, this was a photo taken by the organizers of a rally we were attending.

When we first met I was Director of Nursing at the hospital in Powell, WY and the Cowboy was managing a ranch near Big Timber. He also owned the ranch up the Boulder.  We were taking a Sunday drive discussing where we would live, Wyoming or Montana.  As there was no hospital in Big Timber (at least not with an operating room–my specialty) I didn’t see how it would be possible for me to live in Big Timber.  The Cowboy said, “well, you wouldn’t have to work.”  I was driving and that statement about sent me careening off the road. I had never not worked!

So, I moved to Big Timber and didn’t work except on the ranch helping the Cowboy.  I learned what constitutes a calf coming out the right direction and what would tell me if it was coming out the wrong way–get the Cowboy–and hurry!  When I saw my new husband walking the top rung of the wooden fence I learned heifers are sometimes cranky after birthing their first calf.  I learned how to drive an 8000 pound hay swather with a 12 foot cutting bar.  And I even baled hay one summer. The Cowboy learned to live with a bossy oldest child–he’s an only child–and he learned how important my family is to me.

He learned that I wouldn’t eat anything I had to feed every day with a bottle and that I didn’t particularly like cow poop on my boots! My life helping on the ranch only lasted about nine months and I became very bored–the owners of the ranch kept the Cowboy busy but not me.  I went to work as a consultant for the Kimberly-Clark Corporation supporting their healthcare product sales representatives all across the country.  I traveled usually twice per month and in the “honeymoon” phase the Cowboy would take me to the airport (100 miles) and then come back and get me at the end of the week. This job lasted 12 years and I learned to take myself to the airport :).  At the age of 62 the Cowboy retired.  I worked a couple more years and retired at the age of 54.  We have been incredibly blessed in our life together and I wouldn’t trade places with anyone else.

Today we left Emmi at home and traveled to Tucson for lunch at the highly rated El Charro–a Mexican food restaurant operated by the same family since 1922 in downtown Tucson. We made a Costco run and stopped at Petsmart buying the Emmi girl a new bed and a new toy which she absolutely loves!  Life is good.

 

Libraries, Publishers And We Take A Day Off

Do you read books using a device such as a Kindle or an iPad?  Or do you prefer an actual book?  I love to read and it doesn’t matter to me how I read the book.  When traveling in the RV books on my iPad weigh a whole lot less than a stack of actual books. I always have several books loaded on the iPad when traveling by plane for the same reason–the ebooks weigh less.  I buy ebooks and used actual books plus I utilize two library systems for borrowing ebooks.  Today when I attempted to place a book on hold at the Pima County Library System I received this message–

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

Your holds position: #1 on 0 copies

Note:The license for this title has expired. Your hold will start moving forward if the library purchases the title again.

Libraries in the past purchased ebooks from publishers and owned those ebooks forever as they do with purchased actual books.  Libraries pay publishers double and sometimes triple the price you and I would pay for an ebook.  Libraries should be able to keep those purchased ebooks forever. Instead, publishers are eliminating the “perpetual access” model and going to a two year access model.  Libraries will have to keep purchasing the ebooks over and over again if they want to maintain a copy in their system. This particular book, Whistling Past The Graveyard was published by Gallery Books and I’m thinking this publisher has also instituted a limited access model.

Publishers are mistaken when thinking if we can’t get the book from the library, we will buy it new. I for one won’t be buying brand new hardback books and rarely do I buy a brand new paperback.  I don’t even buy full price ebooks–I watch for sales and I borrow from the library.  Publishers are not only hurting libraries but will be hurting their own businesses.

But the real kicker is beginning November 1, 2019, Macmillan Publishers will allow libraries to purchase only one copy of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after a book’s release.  To put this rule in perspective the King County Library System in Washington blogged the following: “Libraries maintain ‘Purchase to Holds’ ratios to minimize wait times for popular titles. As a large library system, KCLS maintains a 5:1 ratio. That means for every five holds placed on a title, KCLS purchases one copy to ensure a maximum wait time of three months. To illustrate, after months on KCLS’ Top 5 eBooks list, the bestseller Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens still has 1,848 holds on 372 copies. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover has 1,089 holds on 358 copies. If KCLS had been limited to only one digital copy of each of these high-demand titles and then had to wait eight weeks before being able to purchase more, the impact would be dramatic. Patrons could conceivably wait years rather than months for their eBook.”

To lodge my protest about this unfair and greedy practice I went to the following website, #eBooksForAll  and signed the American Library Association’s petition.  I will also not be purchasing any ebooks published by Macmillan Publishers.

On Thursday I bathed and clipped Ms. Emmi, painted a door and who knows what else! On Friday I mowed the grass/weeds and in the evening we went to Dan’s for dinner.  Louanne is missing in action–but will arrive soon.  Dan is a great cook and we had a wonderful time catching up.  The Cowboy has been working hard–too hard–Friday he worked all day installing some duct work above the ceiling joists and was just worn out.

So, Saturday we played, driving north into the mountains above the town of Safford.  We reached an elevation of over 10,000 feet and it was dang chilly up there! We even found a waterfall and a lake! Beautiful drive which was steep enough with tight switchbacks to have me clinging to the arm rest and squeaking at times!

The Pinaleno Mountains have seen many fires.

From our house in the valley below and south of the Pinaleno Mountains we can see an observatory on the highest peak–Graham Peak.

My painted door–it was a hideous yellow color when we purchased this house and I’m just now getting rid of that yellow. It’s more of a mushroom color than this photo shows.  Sunday the Cowboy hung drywall in the new hot water tank location and I went to church.  A young couple originally from Arizona spoke this morning–they have been missionaries in New Guinea for five years. They have two young boys and are on an extended furlough in the States. In spite of being so young (probably less than 30 years old) the man was very articulate and a great speaker.

After lunch I tackled house cleaning–as you read above, the Cowboy installed duct work.  Before this installation, we were just leaving the door open between the two houses so the cool air from the evaporative cooler would circulate into the guest house.  And all the construction dust also circulated–the guest house where we live was a mess but I refused to clean until the duct work was in and we could close the door.  Now we have a clean house–thank goodness–I was ready!

 

 

 

 

We’ve Both Been Puttering

I’m thinking we are both in a rut. Neither one of us has had much ambition these last couple days. The Cowboy did jackhammer the concrete leading to the new shower drain in the main house master bath–that took some ambition! I still chuckle (quietly) when I remember his first comment when seeing the bathroom in the main house–Tub was avocado green, floor was ugly, ugly linoleum. Notice how close to the tub the toilet sits?  The Cowboy when seeing this bathroom for the first time said, “I would really like for the footprint of the bathroom to remain the same.”  I said, “not happening, get out the jackhammer.”  Which he has done and very graciously I might add!

This critter was on our garage wall.

We’ve once again remodeled the remodel by changing the configuration of the master bath.  Shower and vanity changed spots. Door openings were changed. The location of the hot water tank was changed.  We make ourselves dizzy some times with the changes!

There is a new yoga teacher at the Community Center on Monday mornings and I was impressed both with the teacher and with how well my knee performed.  All those days of riding in the motorhome getting to Utah and then all those days of riding in the ATV cured my knee!  I’m thinking I could have saved myself a lot of money–hadn’t met my deductible for the year–and skipped the doctor and physical therapy.  All I needed was rest–lesson learned!!

The trees we planted in the fall of 2017 have grown so much, most more than a foot over the summer. The pine trees have also gotten bushy and were pushing through the cages we built to protect the trees from varmints.  Today I built a new cage for the largest pine tree and will wait until the weather turns cooler before building any more cages.  I want to trim some of the lower branches and need cooler weather before doing any pruning–maybe I can avoid building more cages.

Ruth, here’s the link to the recipe for the Flourless Chocolate Cake-It’s from a fabulous book I’ve read A Homemade Life, by Molly Wizenberg. As the author of this particular blog states, “it’s not a pretty cake.”  It sinks in the middle, or “squats” as my Mom would say, the edges crack and sometimes fall off but when you take that first bite you won’t care if it’s pretty or not.  The Modern Mrs. Darcy  also writes about this cake and she substitutes almond meal for the flour as one of her children is gluten intolerant.  It’s a very rich cake so cut your first slice small and go from there.  I love this cake–in small doses!  Remember links don’t show up well against the background of the blog–click on the italicized “Flourless Chocolate Cake” above.

About lunch time Tuesday this storm had us thinking we might get rain–nope.

Wednesday was Sierra Vista day–we left home before 8am and headed over the hill.  We took a trailer and also placed a delivery order. Our credit card was groaning.  I had placed a Walmart grocery order on line and my pickup time was between 12 noon and 1pm.  Just as we were arriving in Sierra Vista I received a text and email telling me that due to operational issues Walmart was canceling my grocery order.  To say I was displeased was an understatement but evidently the operational issues were nationwide.  So, I spent 45 minutes wandering around Walmart buying groceries–UGH!

It was so good to be home! We unloaded and sat down with a happy hour beverage. Dan is back as of today and dropped by while we were relaxing–Louanne will follow in a few days.  Life is good in spite of Walmart operational issues!

Life is good because we enjoyed 83 degrees and sunshine today while our friends back home enjoyed this–

and cold temps!  Our friends Max and Dave sent this photo, they live just down the road from us.

 

Slowing Down

Today is the Cowboy’s birthday–he means the world to me and I wish for him many, many more birthdays!  Late this afternoon we drove to Bowie, Arizona, about 50 miles from here to have an early dinner at Rafter G–our service was great and the meal good.  I baked my Cowboy another flourless chocolate cake and he opened presents this morning–another good birthday!

On Friday morning we were awakened by rain–hard rain!!  Rain seldom comes to the desert so when it does we are happy!

Slowing down is NOT in my husband’s vocabulary! 🙂  He was not going to “go at it” so hard this season, he was going to “take it slow.”  Is that why I watched him tear down two walls on Thursday?? I did help by loading the pieces into the backhoe bucket.  And one of those walls was heavy concrete stucco which required holding the heavy hammer drill over his head–he has to split the pieces of concrete so we can handle the chunks.  The hammer drill is the only thing the Cowboy has found which will cut that stuff.

My job the last couple days was weed control until I ran out of weed killer.  We have some nasty new weeds this year maybe due to all the rain we had last winter??  The Cowboy attached a weed spraying unit to the back of our John Deere lawn tractor.  The tank holds fifteen gallons and I can sit on the tractor and slowly crisscross the lawn while I spray.

Tearing down walls required a trip to Willcox for 2×4’s so we can build new walls.  I also stopped at Ace Hardware and purchased paint for the doors in the guest house.  And of course there was Dairy Queen–John and Pam go to Starbucks–the Cowboy and I go to Dairy Queen! 🙂

It’s hard helping my people shop! Her butt is up in the air and her head is down yet Emmi was sound asleep.

Friday the Cowboy continued his demolition work.  I painted a door–five coats it took–I’m not too impressed with this Ace Hardware paint!  To be honest I was painting an old door, an original door to this house and someone in the past had poorly applied a coat of ugly yellow pain.  Two coats of primer and three coats of the Ace Hardware paint. And I’m still not satisfied with the way it looks but I may just close my eyes to the imperfections! Stand back 10 feet and you can’t see them–and it’s in a dark corner!! 🙂  Update: I don’t like the color–back to the drawing board, five coats later! 😦

Friday evening we attended a party at our friend Linda’s house. A varied group of people from all over the country. Linda had built a fire in her custom made fire pit and we roasted hot dogs and accompanied them with sides dishes contributed by everyone. The food was delicious as was the company, it was a fun evening. We went home to an anxious little dog, ready to see her people!

Yep, no slowing down around this household! Life is good!

A Good Visit And Our Arizona Home

Just a few more photos from our ATVing adventure.  We had spotted random sheep along the trails but this was a large group controlled by four small border collies and what appeared to be a Peruvian woman wearing vivid colored leggings, cowboy boots and spurs.

Our little motorhome–which we are loving.

Saturday morning we took our time–enjoying our coffee, talking, and walking Emmi.  We were on the road by 9am and at North Ranch parked in Larry and Geri’s yard shortly after noon.  We spent the afternoon visiting with friends–Jim and Ellie plus Don and Vickie happened to be there too.  We also spent some time visiting Mike and Pat.  Geri had prepared a wonderful supper and we spent the evening catching up on all the news.

Sunday we enjoyed a fabulous brunch–I cooked a bunch of bacon on their grill and Geri made scrambled eggs–I love brunch!  We visited with more friends–Caryl and Jerry.  We also went to look at our former home in North Ranch owned by Bill and Gemma.  They’ve done so much work to the house–it looks great.  It’s no longer an ugly yellow color, they’ve built a huge new garage and added a deck on the back overlooking the desert.

Sunday evening we drove into Wickenburg to have pizza and ice cream.  Monday morning had us heading south with a stop at Walmart to pick up the grocery order and a stop at Costco which about broke the bank.  We buy our meat at Costco and as we live so far from the closest Costco on both ends of the country, we buy in bulk.  I spent Tuesday afternoon vacuum sealing all that meat–it took a while!

Our place looks great!!  Milton has done a great job this summer keeping the grass/weeds mowed and seeing to the irrigation system.  His wife Lucy cleaned the house for us before we arrived which was really nice!!  It’s so green and lush here–about 2 weeks ago this area had about 3.5 inches of rain.  We’ve never seen it so green–usually when we arrive in mid October the grass is brown–not this year.

Our trees, shrubs and flowers have grown so much it’s amazing!! That ornamental grass was just a sickly looking sprig of grass when we left in the spring. The lantana (the one with orange flowers) was only about a foot in diameter–now it is about three feet!  The rosemary shrub grew a lot and the daisies did too.  We are so pleased!  And of course the weeds grew quite well too!

Love those Arizona sunsets.

The washing machine has been going almost non-stop. The Cowboy decided to conduct some demolition today–hopefully we are almost finished knocking out walls.

Life is good.

One Last Spectacular Ride

Wednesday’s ride was up a well used mountain road–lots of pickup travel (and we got the distinct impression the truck drivers were not happy the ATVs were on their road) which tends to make you a little nervous on narrow, switch-backed mountain roads.  The top of the mountain was apparently the take off spot for hang gliders–we saw two different ones floating through the air.  We started later that day and my photos were just not good–washed out from the sun.  Thursday was a different story all together!

This ride involved lots of logistics. The USFS in its infinite wisdom seems to randomly chose which trails will be 50 inch.  This is just MY opinion, written tongue in cheek–I think a bunch of those guys sit around a table and think up ways to make things difficult for the public.  Why put ONE fifty inch trail right at the beginning of MILES of sixty inch trails???–that ONE fifty inch trail added miles and lots of map and GPS reading to our trip.  As you can see in this photo we were a mix–four ATVs which are 50 inch and two side by sides which are much wider.  Ours is about 54 inches wide but we are still illegal on the 50 inch trails and this area of the country takes its rules seriously.

I almost stayed home on Thursday, Emmi and I were exhausted but the Cowboy encouraged me to go and am I ever glad I did.  Once we found the sixty inch trails we climbed and climbed some more getting above tree line. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking.  We all could not stop saying, “WOW!!”  Phyllis and I were determined to get some group photos on this last day of riding and we did–two great ones!

Peggy riding up to join the rest of the crew–it was extremely dusty on the Paiute–probably more dusty than any trail we’ve ever ridden.  We all rode way back from the rider in front of us to lessen the dust–it helps.  One ATV rule is each rider waits at the intersections for the rider behind him so no one misses a turn.  We were waiting for Peggy and Charlie at this intersection which just happened to have a very clean pit toilet–always a bonus! 🙂 This is the Paiute Trail symbol–it always made me smile when we spotted one.

Our highest elevation on Thursday. Kenny saw a bull elk on the way up to the top of this mountain and when we pulled off to take a photo and rest a bit–Greg and Charlie spotted these white blobs way up on the side of the mountain–a whole herd of mountain goats–a whole bunch!!!!!  Left to right–Lesley, Nellie (sweet, calm dog) , Kenny, Charlie, Lacey (Emmi’s friend), Peggy, Greg holding big Dawg (a sweet Rottweiler), Phyllis kneeling holding five month old Gus, a lab, the Cowboy holding Emmi and lastly me.  As I said in another blog–the dogs were a large part of this trip–they cheerfully rode many a mile with us. Notice our attire–it was a touch chilly at over 11,000 feet!

And one last sunset over Paiute Lake on Thursday night after another outstanding meal.  Time to pack up and head home.

Bright and early–8am–the north bound rigs were heading out and this southbound rig was right behind them.  We aren’t going far, just to North Ranch to see friends and can you believe the Cowboy stopped for the day just west of Flagstaff–WOW–a record for the Cowboy!!!

Our friends are traveling hard, one couple is all ready at home having driven through the Salt Lake City zoo–the other couples will make it home to Montana Saturday or Sunday having taken a longer route to avoid the SLC zoo. It was an outstanding trip with a great group of people–we are so glad we were asked to come along!