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Usery Mountain – Phoenix

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April 2016 – Going back to share the things I haven’t!

Normally when I splurge in the Phoenix area I stay at McDowell Mtn – I love it there. I decided this time to go to Usery Mountain, another of their regional parks, mainly because of it’s proximity to visit with my friends Maurine and Pam, but also because I shouldn’t get in a rut! Following are simply pictures from my couple days there.

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Desert Museum – 2016

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3/24/2016
Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ

This is one of my favorite places and I try to make sure I get here at least once a winter if I come to Arizona. It was spring break and packed – but worth every minute! I’m just going to share a lot of pictures – not titling them. There is a section with pictures of info regarding vultures – I found it fascinating – don’t remember it from my many other visits. The flowering cacti were spectacular – the day was beautiful, even if crowded! And don’t miss the two pics of a baby hummingbird.

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No, they aren't real!

No, they aren’t real!

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These next few pictures show a very, very delicate flower with such a fitting name: Baja Fairy Dusters.

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If you’ve never been to Tucson, or have been, but not to the Desert Museum – it really is a must see. If I was here more often, I’d have an annual membership.

Gilbert Ray CG

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I rarely stay here,because I usually boondock, but often send others here, as I absolutely love this cg and it’s location – so I decided to splurge.

Birds all around.

Birds all around.

Birds all around.

Birds all around.

Birds all around.

Birds all around.

My Site

My Site

The P Bird, again

The P Bird, again

Birds all around

Birds all around

Birds all around

Birds all around

Birds all around

Birds all around

P Brids again

P Brids again

Birds all around.

Birds all around.

Birds all around.

Birds all around.

Gorgeous Desert Scenery

Gorgeous Desert Scenery

Gorgeous Desert Scenery

Gorgeous Desert Scenery

The full moon rising.

The full moon rising.

The full moon rising.

The full moon rising.

The full moon rising.

The full moon rising.

The full moon rising.

The full moon rising.

At the same time, the sun is setting in the opposite direction.

At the same time, the sun is setting in the opposite direction.

At the same time, the sun is setting in the opposite direction.

At the same time, the sun is setting in the opposite direction.

The full moon rising.

The full moon rising.

The full moon rising.

The full moon rising.

The full moon rising.

The full moon rising.

The full moon rising.

The full moon rising.

Reflections in the sky after sunset.

Reflections in the sky after sunset.

The sun set behind the RV.

The sun set behind the RV.

Night Time full moon picture.

Night Time full moon picture.

Night Time full moon picture.

Night Time full moon picture.

Night Time full moon picture.

Night Time full moon picture.

I’m sure the sunrises were as fantastic, but I’m not known for being outside for those. I was so lucky to be there for the full moon – which was spectacular rising.

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

Bird disappearing into cactus.

Bird disappearing into cactus.

Bird

Bird

I saw lots of quail, but these are the only two 1/2 way decent pictures. I wasn’t able to get any pictures of the lizards – they were too fast for me this year – both at Triangle T, then here.

Quail

Quail

Quail Family

Quail Family

I talked to a county employee about possibly volunteering here. Most people come back year after year – but I have a chance if someone decides not to return. I’d be in heaven.

Triangle T Guest Ranch

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Jan – mid-March, 2016
Triangle T Guest Ranch, Dragoon, AZ

I spent the above time workamping at the Triangle T. Won’t go into any details about that – but here are some wondeful pictures taken on the ranch. The original 310 to Yuma movie was filmed on the ranch.

Original 310 to Yuma Bldg

Original 310 to Yuma Bldg

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Peaches and I scrambled in the rocks.

Peaches and I scrambled in the rocks.

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We sometimes squeezed through areas.

We sometimes squeezed through areas.

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Twas easier for Peaches.

Twas easier for Peaches.

Sometimes for me, too.

Sometimes for me, too.

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The Rock Saloon is built around one of the big rocks.

The Rock Saloon is built around one of the big rocks.

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This tunnel leads to the other side of the highway.

This tunnel leads to the other side of the highway.

Peaches did NOT like when I made it echo.

Peaches did NOT like when I made it echo.

There is a really nice trail on the north side of the highway. I took Ginger to it, also and we had a great hike. I never took my camera with when doing trails over there … bad, bad me. But guess what? Ginger didn’t have hers with either!

Fun was had with a group of tourists coming for dinner.

Deb getting ready for a bus of tourists.

Deb getting ready for a bus of tourists.

Here they come

Here they come

Time to rope them.

Time to rope them.

Gotcha!

Gotcha!

Bringin' 'em in.

Bringin’ ‘em in.

Tying them up.

Tying them up.

Moon Rise

Moon Rise

Moon Rise

Moon Rise

This is an absolutely beautiful location. Thank you to those who stopped and visited me – Liz and Ginger and I took a horseback ride. Linda and her daughter stayed in the rv park a couple night – they took a ride and we had time to catch up. I made some wonderful friends with a couple of the other works and truly enjoyed the location.

Whitewater Draw Redux

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2/15/16 – Revisiting Whitewater Draw

It’s not ALL about the cranes – ok, mainly, but there’s so much more there. I almost left my camera at home (deliberately) telling myself I was going to just watch and enjoy. Obviously I brought the camera – and it’s just in me to take pictures. And more pictures. So here are pics and more pics.

Resident Owl

Resident Owl

Trying to hide in tall grasses

Trying to hide in tall grasses

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Back to the Owl

Back to the Owl

And an American Kestrel says Goodbye

And an American Kestrel says Goodbye

I may or may not get back there in the next few weeks – most likely not – but I will be back – then again, my friend Linda might be in the area in a couple weeks … hmmmm.

Gammons Gulch

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2/10/2016
Gammons Gulch, Arizona

I’m sitting here doing this post because Liz already posted pics to FB and I hadn’t even taken pictures off my camera. If I didn’t do it, who knows when it would happen. Liz, Ginger and I went to Gammons Gulch www.gammonsgulch.com – today. It is a movie set and museum who also bill themselves as “A living ghost town that is authentic and haunting”.

This bird greeted me.

This bird greeted me.

The three of us getting ready for our tour.

The three of us getting ready for our tour.

Another bird before starting out.

Another bird before starting out.

Our tour guide in the barber shop.

Our tour guide in the barber shop.

Barber Shop prices - notice the last!

Barber Shop prices – notice the last!

The Barber Shop

The Barber Shop

Bank and Telegraph Office

Bank and Telegraph Office

The cross gets removed to use as the school.

The cross gets removed to use as the school.

Another multi-use building.

Another multi-use building.

Gas Station

Gas Station

Mercantile

Mercantile

Town Hall

Town Hall

The Saloon

The Saloon

Jay played the piano and banjo for us.

Jay played the piano and banjo for us.

The bar

The bar

Rest Room and old Vehicle

Rest Room and old Vehicle

Sheriff's Office

Sheriff’s Office

Noose outside

Noose outside

Remember this cell!

Remember this cell!

Interesting Italian round ice box.

Interesting Italian round ice box.

Law Office

Law Office

Undertakers

Undertakers

Gas Station

Gas Station

Like the color!

Like the color!

This person has been perpetually on this porch a LONG time.

This person has been perpetually on this porch a LONG time.

No hangings today.

No hangings today.

The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel

Ginger at the mine set.

Ginger at the mine set.

Liz at the mine set.

Liz at the mine set.

Entrance to the cave we were told not to enter - as bats live inside.

Entrance to the cave we were told not to enter – as bats live inside.

Oops, I broke the law - but didn't see any bats.

Oops, I broke the law – but didn’t see any bats.

Maybe the mine boss's residence.

Maybe the mine boss’s residence.

I take these words seriously.

I take these words seriously.

Remember I said to keep the jail cell in mind?

Liz-Beth-Ginger in jail

Liz-Beth-Ginger in jail

I’ve been blamed for setting foot in the mine. Luckily I’ve also been forgiven as we were released with no bail money or court appearance required. We’ve even been invited back to visit again!

Many, many movies have been filmed here and the location is continuing to be used for more in the future. Our guide, Jay, is the owner. His wife met us when we arrived. Jay’s father spent time as John Wayne’s personal security. He loves what he does here and it shows.

2500 Year Old Footprints in Tucson

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2/7/2016

Liz contacted me and another friend of hers (Ginger who lives in the area) about going to see this site. Liz ended up delaying her arrival, but Ginger and I went today. How absolutely amazing! They were doing excavating to move an entrance to Interstate 10 and, lo and behold, someone thought they saw a footprint several feet down. They carefully continued excavating and discovered two distinct adult prints – one of which they could follow the path and figure out what the person was doing – as well as a child’s prints and what is believed to be a dog. The dog could possibly be a coyote, but at this time they are leaning to a domesticated dog who was with one of the people.

For a few weekends only (and this was the last day) the site was opened to the public with tours. The people there were so very knowledgeable – and the entire thing something I may never see again in this perspective. Some are upset that in a very short time now, the construction will continue. They think this should be preserved – more dug around the area, etc. In actuality in the little over a month since this was discovered, it’s already degrading. It really can’t be preserved in it’s natural state. As you will see in pictures below, the have been making casts of the footprints, and taking pictures and doing 3d images, etc. They are doing everything they can to allow them to learn more.

First – the best guess of the age of these footprints is 2500 – 3000 years old. It is a recognizable farm field. You can still see where the berms and ditches were. It was in an excellent location along a river. Following are some of the pictures I took today after which I’ll attempt to give some more information.

Looking at the field

Looking at the field

Casts of the 2500 year old footprints

Casts of the 2500 year old footprints

Explaining the Casts

Explaining the Casts

Cast Including Person and Dog

Cast Including Person and Dog

Cast

Shooting one of these weapons

Shooting one of these weapons

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Heads for the Weapon

Heads for the Weapon

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Actual footprint in the ground

Actual footprint in the ground

Actual footprint in the ground

Actual footprint in the ground

Actual footprint in the ground

Actual footprint in the ground

People are still working to uncover more.

People are still working to uncover more.

Footprint from a child - my foot next to it.

Footprint from a child – my foot next to it.

Dog Prints

Dog Prints

Our guide pointing out berms and ditches.

Our guide pointing out berms and ditches.

Berms and Ditches

Berms and Ditches

Guide, Berms and Ditches

Guide, Berms and Ditches

Two sets of planting cells, divided by the berms and ditches are excavated at this location.

Two sets of planting cells, divided by the berms and ditches are excavated at this location.

Looking at the field.

Looking at the field.

Only two artifacts have been found - this is the marking of where one was found.

Only two artifacts have been found – this is the marking of where one was found.

Ginger in front of the field.

Ginger in front of the field.

Me in front of the field.

Me in front of the field.

The time frame these footprints were made is called the Early Agricultural period (2100 B.C – A.D 50). The people were among the earliest farmers in the Southwest. People living in this time period did not yet make pottery but were experts at basket weaving. They also did not yet practice or have bow-and-arrow technology. They used something called an atlatl to propel dart points. This is what is demonstrated in the one picture above.

Most of the fields were growing maize (corn). They sometimes also grew squash. They are still looking for signs as to exactly what was planted here.

Questions asked of the guide often led to more questions. For instance, where did the people live. No signs of that were in this excavation, but they are not surprised, as they say they would have lived a small distance away from the fields, most likely on slightly higher land which wouldn’t be flooded. Surprisingly, the climate then was very similar to what is in the area today, with the exception that the river still held more water. Only two artifacts were found, which again was not surprising to those doing the excavation. More would be expected should they find where the people lived (which may already be under the interstate.

While it’s a mixed blessing – finding this, and they losing it. As I said above, this would not be able to be preserved in it’s natural state. The good is that in Arizona if it’s believed there could be artifacts … I should say in Pima County, AZ, if it’s believed there could be artifacts, they are looked for in the initial stages of work and if found, like here, as much is done as possible to learn from what is discovered. I feel simply lucky to have been able to go there today and see what is discovered.

Thank you, Liz for informing me of this when you read about it. I’m sorry you weren’t with us. Thank you, Ginger, for coming with and sharing this wonderful day.

Whitewater Draw

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1/31/2016 – Visiting Whitewater Draw

OK, it’s been a year since I blogged! I started to do a post a couple months ago – had taken pictures off my camera onto my external hard drive – and the next day came to do a couple posts – and my external hard drive was trashed – with all my rving pictures since for the past several years. Devastating! Decided maybe I’d never blog again. However, this blog is as much my own pictorial journal as it is for others to enjoy – so there are times I have to get back to it. It’s my own fault that while I back up nearly everything, somehow I no longer had been backing up my rv pics. They are backed up again. And I will be doing post again. Probably not at often as in the past – but they’ll be here!

So, today, I made a quick trip with another worker (I’m at the Triangle T Guest Ranch workamping for a couple months – will do a post about it one of these days before I leave, promise!). Unfortunately another co-worker called in this morning and I went in for a couple hours so we didn’t get as early a start as planned – and missed the cranes flying back in. But we saw thousands of them. I’m guessing they came back at the earlier time frame because of the high winds today. Still a great time.

Following are a bunch of pictures. More ducks than sandhill cranes – but some of those also.

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Chiricahua National Monument

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1/29/2015 – Arrived at Chiricahua National Monument

Entering Chiricahua National Monument

Entering Chiricahua National Monument

My Campsite

My Campsite

Shortly after arriving one of the rangers came by on horseback to say hi.

Shortly after arriving one of the rangers came by on horseback to say hi.

Ready to go on Rounds

Ready to go on Rounds

The following pictures are mainly taken in the campground and in the area near it when I’d walk Peaches.

There are at least three types of Jays here – the Mexican, the Western Scrub and Stellar Jays. I might mix up a Western Scrub and a Mexican – but I do recognize the Stellar’s when I see them.

Most common bird in the cg - the Mexican Jay

Most common bird in the cg – the Mexican Jay

Most common bird in the cg - the Mexican Jay

Most common bird in the cg – the Mexican Jay

Very exciting for me one morning was to see a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet in it’s full glory. I may never see one like that again. And, no, I didn’t get a picture. The first two pictures here are how I see them most of the time. The third picture I borrowed from a bird sight – to show you just what I saw. Wow.

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet - NOT MY IMAGE

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet – NOT MY IMAGE

Everything's not about the birds!

Everything’s not about the birds!

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker through my window and screen as I was eating.

Acorn Woodpecker through my window and screen as I was eating.

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Some of the Rock Formations that make this a NM.

Some of the Rock Formations that make this a NM.

Some of the Rock Formations that make this a NM.

Some of the Rock Formations that make this a NM.

Each is unique.

Each is unique.

Anyone want to tell me what bird this is?

Stellar Jay

Stellar Jay

4 Acorn Woodpeckers

4 Acorn Woodpeckers

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

I’m in awe of the Hoodoo’s here – but you’ll see lots of them in other posts so there’s only the couple in this that I could see from the campground. But, first, my next post will be about a hike to the Faraway Ranch and a tour there.

And one more woodpecker – just because I can …

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Quick Stop In Tucson

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1/27-29/2015

I needed to go to the dealer in Tucson for some work. They got some done, but the one part that had been ordered (a new screen door) came in damaged – so it’s on order again. I stayed at the casino lot I like, and not much to report – but here are a few pictures of birds I saw – and, of course, most didn’t get pictures, and one woodpecker only allowed butt shots.

Then it was time to head to Chiricahua and my volunteer post.