Our Location: Empire Ranch, Vail, Arizona
We are enjoying our time here at the ranch, despite the wind and the cool temperatures. Although we are battening down the hatches so to speak, as the beginning of the week doesn't look very nice, but after that things improve greatly. So we think we will be hanging out here until a week tomorrow.
All of today's photos were taken with my phone.
That is us down there.
A bit of a closer look. Blurry due to cropping a phone photo.
The sea of grass goes on and on and on.
We waited Friday to see what would happen with the 'bird placing' but we didn't see anyone at all. Late Friday night a truck turned around in the space just in front of the nose of the Igloo and a motorhome once again came back to the turning loop, but nothing else happened.
That is the main road into the ranch, the kiosk I mentioned is behind the tree on the left.
I love the natural plants that grow in the desert.
Saturday morning we held off on a few things expecting to see all of these birders come along and tell us to move. One vehicle showed up and parked for about 20 minutes, and before 9 am he left too. The big shoot must have taken place elsewhere on the ranch because there wasn't a single sound here in our neighbourhood. The motor home and the Igloo were the only excitement here. Just before 2 pm our area got really busy with rigs coming from further back in the ranch. I would guess that the shoot was taking place not far from their area and the noise drove them out. That is a guess of course but I'll have to wander up and chat with Brian and Trish (met them on Friday) to see why they came back to this area.
Riley and I were invited to dinner last night at Deb & Tom's ( Celebrating the Dance ). We had a fantastic time, the meal was excellent but the company is always the highlight. We laughed, we chattered, we had an excellent time. Thanks for dinner folks!!
Sometimes those rolling hills end like this, a sudden drop into a wash.
Can you see the pronghorn up there on the ridge? I was out for a walk and he ran across in front of me but at a long distance. Since I only had my phone, this was the best I could do.
Riley and I chatted on the way home about the many times we've driven after dark this year, which is something we very seldom do even at our summer location. A total of 5 times already when normally it's zero. We haven't had trouble finding our way (except one time with Doug, it took us a few minutes to find the correct road) like we did last year at Q.
Deb, Tom & Riley
Riley centered between the Debs.
A birthday wish to my future son in law David as he celebrates the big number 30 today. David is a huge Toronto Maple Leafs fan (hockey for those that don't know) but wasn't yet born the last time they won the cup. I guess that's what you call a die hard. Happy Birthday David.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you all had a wonderful couple of days.
Until next time.. take care, be safe,