Monday was the first really nice day and, luckily, that was the day we had an appointment with the windshield repair shop. They arrived right on time and made quick work of removing Beluga's cracked windshield and installing the new one.
Yesterday Gay and Joe came over and we had a pleasant hike on the birding trail followed by pizza back at our site.
The trail is an easy one through a lush mesquite bosque, up a ridge with expansive views and big Saguaro and back down along and through the sometimes dry, sometimes wet Sutherland's wash.
|Joe tests the water|
Yesterday the wash was running full and very cold. Very cold. In an effort to keep our feet dry we tried a trick I saw Hans and Lisa use on FaceBook a couple days ago. For the first crossing we all put tall kitchen garbage bags over our feet and held on to the ties as we walked across the water. I think Gay stopped to take our pictures, I'd love to see them! Halfway across we realized that the bags weren't working for us. We all arrived on the other side with varying degrees of wet feet.
I didn't get any decent bird pictures as we walked along. The few I did take were purely for identification purposes. Hopefully Gay and her big honking lens got a couple good shots!
At the next water crossing (there were 4 all together) we (Dave and I) decided to take our shoes and socks off and wade through the icy water barefoot.
Gay and Joe chose to leave their shoes on and just deal with wet feet for the rest of the hike.
Much better. And, actually, for the last bit of the hike Dave and I just continued with our feet bare. The footing on the trail was soft sand (it's part of the bridle path) and it felt quite nice for a change - don't judge.
Gay and Joe came back to Beluga for pizza and conversation before heading back to the KOA and their pups.
That's about the only exciting thing we did while we were here. Mostly, we just enjoyed our beautiful surroundings and those blue skies.
|behind our campsite is the equestrian camping area often filled with beautiful horses|
|round tailed ground squirrels|
I know, I know...... Hawks need to eat too, anthropomorphism is dumb, I know. It just seemed sad.
Today as we were coming back from Safeway we saw a beautiful Coyote in the field quite close to the road. It seemed to be rooting around the base of a Mesquite so we stopped to watch. Yep, you guessed it! We watched it grab one of those little ground squirrels, give it a quick shake and then - down the hatch! It's a tough life for a Round Tailed Ground Squirrel.
Tomorrow morning we're off for a week stay in Wickenburg, Arizona.