Our Location: Near Tonopah, Arizona
The morning started off a bit cooler than yesterday but still nice. Lots of sunshine and warmth as well. Upon opening the door I was surprised to see a white horse galloping past between us and the fence heading toward Courthouse Road. No rider, no saddle, only a halter. Hm....now where did that come from. Stepping out I noticed a neighbour parked down the way with a horse trailer. I'm guessing he must have some how gotten loose. I came inside to put my shoes on but decided against it as I'm sure they would notice a missing horse and hear it coming anyway. Dogs started barking and when I looked out again it appeared he was tied up. Good, wouldn't want him running loose on the road.
A lazy start to the morning as Riley and I debate our doings today. As our debate was going on a small silver car stopped on the roadway beside us and a fella started heading in to chat. I met him outside and he informed me was going back behind to shoot. He wondered if anyone was back there. Hm...now how would I know who might be there? I didn't say that but I thought it. I explained I didn't know but that I do know folks walk back in that area all the time and tried to send him down the power line road around the back side of the mountains as there were lots of washes he could use. He seemed determined to do his shooting back behind us and well, I truly didn't care, it's only for a short while but I'm not leaving the Igloo until he's gone. I don't need any air conditioning on my person as it's not THAT hot out here.
|Looking a bit farther to the south out the same window.|
|The lighting makes a huge difference in what you see.|
We hopped into the Dogsled for a bit of a drive and checked out our old location of a few weeks ago. Still lots of folks over there, some new, some not. We didn't see any spots we liked and so off we went in search of something else. Saddle Vista Ranch is just a while down the Salome Highway and that was our destination as they have a large sign reading RV DUMP STATION at the road. We headed off in there to check things out. Sure enough, they do indeed have a dump station. For $15 we can empty our tanks, fill with water and garbage disposal is a $1 a bag. Depending on how big the bag is. He even sells spindly branches of firewood, stocks milk, orange juice, eggs (duck and chicken) and I'm under the impression that if one uses the place regularly he'll probably discount the dump fee. A little skinny getting in I think but we'll see how that goes tomorrow or the next day. We are in need of a dump and since we aren't heading off to Superstition Mountain just yet we don't feel the need to drive the miles to Love's when this fella is less than a couple of miles away.
|There are three or four rigs over there at the base of the hill.|
Back home we checked out a few more spots farther back behind us but I think we'll stay where we are as it's convenient and we like it. So after a short tour back behind us with the Dogsled instead of walking, we once more headed off to Igloo. We arrived to find the shooter gone and the lady with the horses finally set up.
|Even a van or something over there starting up the hillside.|
As we enjoyed our readers I looked up to see the lady riding the white horse but leading the second chestnut horse, this horse had no saddle either just a halter and lead rope. I wonder if it too escaped and she had to go catch it. Two dogs with her inspected our location very thoroughly before being called off and heading home.
|Do you see the head of a person in this photo? I see him every time I look out the window. I call him Fred.|
A phone call from my Dad's house had me chatting with niece Nicole for a few minutes as she was setting up his phone on the computer. Once it was set up they were happy and signed off. Suited me fine, I was having something to eat anyway and didn't want to talk with food in my mouth, but also didn't want my food to get cold.
|Another face, this one is laying flat, I can see eye lashes and a few whiskers as well. Almost no chin on this fella.|
To cool to be outside as the wind continued to pick up as each hour passed. The sky became very dark and cloud covered but no rain fell, and soon the clouds blew away but the wind still blew. To cool to be outside and no where to get out of the wind except in the shade which was too cool. Inside looking out was the way we spent the rest of the day.
|Love the bare rock, looks almost like a saddle!|
So a quiet Sunday but we learned something today and hopefully we'll be getting out tomorrow without the gun enthusiast in the back yard and I can once again take a walk. My energy level encourages me to walk in the mornings, the afternoon walks just don't seem to happen for me.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you had a wonderful day.
Until next time... take care, be safe,
|Goodnight from Saddle Mountain BLM.|