Our Location: Saddle Mountain BLM, Tonopah, AZ
A quiet night for sleeping, a bit cool outside but not bad at all. Out the door with the camera in hand around 7 am. I walked a little bit this morning and didn't actually manage to catch the sunrise, but from where I was further in toward the base of the mountains I could see the valley drenched in sunlight long before it reached the crags and nooks nearer to the bottom. I would say it was easily 15 to 20 minutes before the whole valley was filled with sunshine. I wandered around looking at various things, took a few pictures and found another place for us to park. Thought we'd walk up and have a look later.
|Morning sunrise in the offing....|
Back home I decided I had a few things to do outside before waking up Riley with my banging around. We removed the hitch from the back of the truck for yesterday's trip to Parker. I took out in two pieces as it's lighter and also I wanted to put one of the pieces in the cubbie along with the pins just because I could. So this morning I was putting the hitch back in. I was just settling the bottom piece in place when I heard Laura coming down the road. Laura and her husband Rick are from BC, Canada. We chatted for about a half hour, she came inside to see our new chairs as she had seen the boxes yesterday as they were coming home from Mesa. We chatted some more before she decided she had better be getting back as they were leaving today, heading west and eventually north to pick up a grandson at an airport in Nevada for a few days visit. We wish them safe travels.
|Pink hues over the mountains across the valley floor....|
After Laura left I went back out side to finish the hitch, rearrange the box in the truck box which I had to unlock and move yesterday. Then I once again put everything back where it belonged in the cubbies. By that time it was time for a hot drink a bit of relaxation.
|Can you see the sun on the mountains back there?|
We put out the awning, attaching the sunshade as it was warming up nicely before noon. I was outside doing a few things when suddenly the winds started gusting, dying off and gusting again. So it went for the rest of the day. It was windy enough that we had to removed the sunshade and pull in the awning. We noticed the new Air Stream in the next spot (he arrived late yesterday) also removed his sunshade and brought in his awning. It was also at this time we noticed the blue bus was gone. It was there this morning on my morning walk but pulled out before noon. It hasn't returned. Yeah, we can walk down there again. This means we won't be heading out to look at the spot I found this morning.
|Notice how green both parts are? Looks like it's just hanging on by a hair and a whisker....|
Riley's day to cook today. Sunday is always pasta day. She made me a wonderful garden salad, along with spaghetti and cheesy garlic bread. Excellent stuff!!!She's a good cook!! We had just finished up the dishes when I noticed a silver jeep just out of the corner of the window. Soon we heard a voice calling hello. Doug & Yuma had come to visit.
|Regal, majestic Yuma....|
We always enjoy our time with Doug & Yuma of Miss Adventure Travels. Doug looks very different without his beard, but is still a handsome fella. We chatted about the area, places we'd like to go and see, and before we knew it the time was pushing late into the afternoon. As they pulled out to head home, probably about a mile and a half away over some pretty rough terrain I noted the time was 4:30 pm. Where did the afternoon go, chatting with our friend it just seemed to slip away.
|Yuma, Riley and Doug...|
Since I've been hearing about big horn sheep on the mountain beside us always seen around dusk, tonight I decided I would head over there and see what I could see. So I sat outside reading until shortly after 5:15 pm before I headed out. I climbed up the closer mountain until about half way but decided I'd do better on the mountain across the roadway so I could see the whole side nearest our Igloo. Finally settling myself where I could see everything and get cell reception I called my dad while I watched the mountain side and the sunset. We chatted for about 20 minutes and caught up on all the latest news from home. Their weather is warm, right around the freezing mark and they have been getting some rain/sleet/ice pellets today.
The big horn sheep either sneaked past or didn't come out tonight to my side of the mountain as I didn't seem them and I watched carefully. Oh well, maybe another time. At least I got a few nice sunset pictures, some more walking in and of course a spectacular view from my seat.
|On my climb to see if I could find the big horn sheep I took this picture of that unit way down there....the furthest one....|
|Yeppers, that's Doug & Yuma's spot down there....|
I hurried along home as it was becoming darker by the minute and I had to traverse a few washes on the way. The road would have taken too long and it would have been past dark before I reached the Igloo and I didn't want to worry Riley. I made it back just as it was getting too dark to see far and alerted Riley to be my presence before I pulled open the door.
|Looking out across the valley floor.....|
|We are down in the front, and that gathering is two roads over, that's quite a bunch.|
Back inside we chatted about the conversation with Poppa while I closed up the Igloo before the night's cold temps cool everything off. After that I began editing pictures and then writing this post. I think it will be an early night as I can hardly keep my eyes open.
So there you have it, a nice day, a bit windy but nice. A great visit with our friends Doug & Yuma, my new friend Laura and her husband Rick pulled out earlier today as well. One of the two units next to us with the red haired children also pulled out today. Seems lots of folks are heading out. We wish them all safe travels.
Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit. Feel free to leave a comment, I enjoy reading them.
|This quarter moon was very visible while I waited on the side of the mountain tonight...|
|It's the same quarter moon but I think my hand shook when I took this picture....|
Until next time.... take care, be safe,