Come Sail Away – December 6, 2016 to December 19, 2016

Well all good things come to an end and so it is with the delightful weather we’ve had to date. Mind you things are still sunny and reasonably warm here in the desert but the high winds from last year have returned with a vengeance. Anything not tied down will “sail away” in the “4 strong winds”. The foregoing 2 links are required under NAFTA to allow equal billing to an American and a Canadian song.  For future reference if NAFTA is torn up only Canadian songs will be permitted in this Blog to meet Canadian content requirements under the CRTC.

And speaking of wind, Pat and Bill Koss our friends from Campbell River BC blew into the desert on the polar vortex this past week after taking a year off to stay home and look after some family issues. Bill and Pat are avid hikers and have already put a lot of miles on their boots. CC and DD stayed in Bill and Pat’s trailer for a few days 2 years ago in Campbell River while we were homeless on the Island. I’m not sure if it was something we did or left behind but shortly after we left Bill and Pat got rid of the trailer and purchased a 36 foot diesel pusher. Coincidence hmmmm???

Razor Ride with Lucky Lonesome Larry

LLL presented CC with a lovely pink trimmed helmet (BBBs) to wear on one of the weekly razor rides (December 7, 2016).  Although CC donned the pinkish hued headgear he absolutely refused to scream like a girly when LLL hurled the Razor up and over the sheer cliffs and precipices that dotted the landscape.  Really folks,  it was actually a fairly tame ride, however, had Debbie Dewdrops been in the passenger seat LLL would have been forced to engage the ejection seat on several occasions.

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LLL and CC ready to roll

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the Lion’s Head Rock

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LLL trying to sneak up on the Lion

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Weekly Group Hikes

Our hike on December 8, 2016 combined part of an old hike with the addition of a new section that took us down through a previously unexplored slot canyon. This new hike covered over 6.5 miles and clocked just over 3 ½ hours.

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start of one of the slot canyons

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Steverino ready to lead the group into the canyon

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the “general” scouts out the trail

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shelter from the sun??

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into the new slot canyon hike

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DD’s Art deco photo of the week

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DD on the rocks

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hey where are going??

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The next weekly hike was more modest adventure that ticked off 4.5 miles on the odometer around the reservoir. Though this was a shorter less challenging hike the number of hikers ballooned to close to a dirty dozen (11) with several newbies and some returning veterans. (Pat and Bill and Marsha and Dennis and Bill and Sue).

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10 plus DD makes 11

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a great camp spot on the north shore

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part of the Colorado River

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a new friend for BBB

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Video of the Tarantula

Meanwhile CC and DD continue with their weekly Sunday hike, December 18, 2016 (7.1 miles) around the reservoir with whoever is available to join us. This past Friday, December 16, 2016 CC prepared for the Sunday hike by taking an early (6:00 am) jog around the lake. This was the longest run that the Captain has done in several years and despite one trip in the dark managed to get it done in a respectable 78 minutes. The only other being on the trail that morning was a lone coyote on his way home from a night of hunting.

The Supermoon Hike

LLL and the Captain ventured out on their second annual full moon walk on December 13, 2016. I was going to call this trek our moonlight walk but LLL invoked his veto. Gee I wonder why??? Regardless we headed out under the light of the full super moon at about 9:30 pm and covered 5 1/5 miles before retuning at midnight.  While out hiking we were treated to a light show in the form of a wonderful meteor shower. On this year’s hike we didn’t come across any wildlife with the exception of our neighbour’s dog who announced our return to anyone who may have been still up and about. No verification of this hike is available as once again when LLL and CC head out somewhere they inevitably never remember to take a camera.

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our own full moon God keeping an eye out for

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sunset and

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moonrise

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Meanwhile DD and BBB stayed home with popcorn and a movie that according to their review was less than a bundle of Joy.

Biking the Badlands with Steverino

CC and Steverino have made Tuesday mornings the allotted time for mountain biking. On December 6, 2016 the bikers rode 8 miles of single-track around in the LTVA. The ride and spills (only a couple) took over 2 ½ hours which is a good indicator of the difficulty of the less than hospitable terrain.

On December 13, 2016 the boys (everything is relative here) rode some old jeep tracks up to a telecommunications tower on a ridge above the LTVA. This jaunt encompassed several dead end trails (CC was supposed to be navigating) and took us 4 hours to cover the 16 miles we travelled.  In many places the trail was too rough to ride and hiking the bikes was necessary.

Desert Dominos Debacle (update)

Preying on the fatigue of the boys from their many energy draining desert adventures the girls (stay at home movie watchers) have taken advantage and now enjoy (sic) a very tiny lead of 5 to 4. Their “aren’t we marvellous” gloating will soon come back to bite them badly.

Christmas Cantata

Debbie Dewdrops and the renowned Desert Pickers put on another virtuoso musical performance at the annual Christmas Cantata. The two performances were played before full houses on December 16, 2016 and December 17, 2016 at the church at the Christian Service Center.

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the Desert Pickers

Video of the Desert Pickers

Somerton Tamale Festival

Earlier on the day on December 17, 2016 there was reunion of sorts as the MMM gang loaded themselves into the Captain’s truck and headed out on a road trip. On this trip we headed south to the Somerton Tamale Festival. This annual event has more tamales and more types of tamales available in any one place at one time than one would expect or probably want than anywhere else in the world. CC not being a tamale fan finds the whole thing a bit corny to see vendors hawking the likes of chocolate and strawberry fare. Please try to identify the 2 bad puns in the forgoing sentence. For BBB I have put them in italics.

Before arriving at the festival we made a pit stop at the Cocopah Casino and true to the recent addition of an L to his LL Lucky Lonesome Larry (LLL) was the only one to beat the house to the tune of $125.00. Much to her chagrin DD was once again shut out.

Health Updates

For anyone who is still awake and reading this Post (and is interested) I am able to report that Dashing Dave has managed to hang in there after another surgery and we wish him well and a full recovery.

The Aud  One (mother of CC) is also making progress and wearing out a path around the house as she becomes more mobile.  The Coach also looks forward to the day he is relieved of some of his manservant duties.

By stubbs99

5 comments on “Come Sail Away – December 6, 2016 to December 19, 2016

  1. Merry Christmas Deb and Gary… Nice to see the videos…well maybe not the tarantula! Beautiful photos too… Miss you guys. Happy New Year to you

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