Monday, Mar. 6th and the sun came up over the mountain as it should around 8:05 am. The sky is blue and welcoming and the wind is still hanging around, just not with as much punch. I was up just before 7 and opened the blinds before reading the blog posts from yesterday.
|Waiting for the sun|
Bill slept in until 8, still not back into his good night’s sleeping habit. Clemson didn’t help by getting up at 3 and needing to go out. He has been a bit out of sorts over the last 24 hours, not sure why.
After the sun came up, yay, we had our coffee/tea and we started to plan our day. I noticed Jill in her camper van reading so I walked over around 9:30 to see if she was up for a hike this morning. Bill and I were geared to go so soon after we all three set out with our sticks and hats towards the Catchment. Bill was interested in seeing this and we were all hoping to see some bighorn sheep. (Borrego in Spanish)
See? This trip is not all for naught, I’ve learned a new language! The walk to this area was about 20 minutes and we were able to snap a photo of more Beavertail Cactus in bloom. Within two or three days, they will be beautiful, after we’re all gone, of course. Tom and Deb from Celebrating the Dance and Maxx Trails, if you guys come this week, I’m counting on you to get pictures!
|Look at all of these buds waiting to pop|
|I know, I know, enough of the flowers!|
Jill was planning on continuing the hike around the mountain in the opposite direction to our hike yesterday so Bill opted out and turned around and I carried on with her. Better two of us than her going by herself and I was certainly up for another adventure. If we’d had water with us, Bill would have come along.
|From our vantage point on the hilltop|
Needless to say, Jill and I took a wrong turn, road actually, and found ourselves going
south but further away from the mountain we thought we were circling. Oh dear, shall we say we’re lost? No matter, there are roads that will take us ‘somewhere’ and we can always come back to the Catchment.
We continued on until finally we realized that we were two rises over from where we need to be. Big rises/hills so we thought it best to find a place to nestle for our snack (Jill again being the girl scout) and turn around. By this time, we had reached a halfway point of about 2 ½ miles.
|The landmark up on the rise|
We climbed a rise to the east and came across the most fabulous views overlooking I-95 way out there and a military base off in the distance. At least we assume that is where the firing range shots were coming from. When a helicopter came over our heads, we were sure we were being tracked down.
|We're down here!|
After a great 20 min. rest, our snack and a couple of pictures, we climbed back down and followed the road. Soon enough I spotted a 4-wheeler stopped up on the hill taking pictures of something and before long we noticed the sheep making their way down the mountain.
|Cool little open shelter area|
We could hardly contain ourselves and crept over the next rise and planted our butts right there on the grass. Jill’s camera battery was dead and I only had Bill’s small powershot but we got ‘em! Double yay!
We were so excited and watched as first 3, then 4 more and then 6 more began their s-l-o-w downhill climb. Assuming they were making their way to the Catchment for a drink, we watched for a good 25 minutes before leaving them to their grazing.
Our hubbys were expecting us by noon and without a 2-way radio to contact Bill, we wanted to keep to the time as close as possible. This was a great adventure and all things truly do happen for a reason. Had we gone the original planned route, we never would have seen these awesome creatures. I sure wish I’d had my zoom but this is what I came away with.
|If you can see my pencil marks, it shows you three of the sheep working their slow way down|
When we got back Jill showed Bill and I a few places on the New Mexico map to see next year. We, in turn, recommended a few places to see as well, like Borrego Springs, Bisbee and the Pima Air Museum. This is what it is all about, sharing stories, adventures and experiences.
I was saddened that Jill and Thayer were pulling out today after making such a great connection with her. However, we did exchange info and will definitely look her up on her blog “A Rialta Adventure” and Facebook. Safe travels you two!
It is Monday evening and has been a fantastic day, yet again. I have been so busy that my book has not yet been opened. That is a good day! Although I like reading, it usually happens when nothing else is going on. Tonight, we have a few shows we like to watch so will leave the generator out just in case we need it.
Just before our programs were about to start, Cindy from the painted trailer asked to borrow our ladder. In the wind from the other night, her tv antenna took on a life of its own and blew into an upright position. Bill is helping her daughter put it down.
The sun has been forthcoming all day and our batteries have been charged to full power since 10:30 this morning. Yippee! Tomorrow we pull out of here but it is another great place that we will return to. Thanks Lorne for the suggestion.
|This barrel cactus just got too heavy and couldn't stand up in its root base|
I hope your day has gone smoothly with lots of ‘great’ in it too.
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