Well just what has the new year wrought you ask. So even if you didn’t ask or don’t want to know, here it goes. As per our annual routine Debbie Dewdrops and the Captain picked a community in a different time zone from where we’re at to allow us to bring in the New Year without having to stay awake until midnight. This year our host city (whether they knew or not) was the Newfoundland village of Pools Island. Hi Jan and Lee!!! Thanks for sharing your Island and allowing us to retire at 8:30 pm. So we did have to stay up until 8:30 and to fill in the time we played dominos with LLL, BBB and Kathy and Greg.
For fans of our 2016/2017 Desert Domino Challenge (the girls – DD and BBB v the boys – CC and LLL) I sadly report that the girls have a small and insignificant (really!!) lead of 11 – 8 as of this date. The recent results have been influenced in part by LLL having to expend his efforts and concentration ministering to the care and comfort of the new puppy Gorgeous Gypsy who has been hobbled with a leg injury. GG and LLL were racing around the “yard” when the two accidentally collided resulting in a tibia break in her right back leg. GG has undergone surgery to repair the break and a full recovery is expected in a few short weeks. We are however not too sure how long it will take LLL to recover but are hoping he will not be scarred for life. He may need some trauma counselling I expect.
The New Year has not brought us much better in the way of weather and so we, for the most part are just “Passing the Time” as sung by that ancient British rock group Cream who mused:
It is a cold winter,
Away is the songbird.
And gone is her traveller,
She waits at home.
The sun is on holiday,
No leaves on the trees.
The animals sleep
While cold North wind blows…
LIKE FAR OUT man, can you DIG IT
As you may have deduced I am providing a good deal of “filler” here as it has been a fairly quiet few weeks huddled here seeking Shelter from the Storm(s). As Nobel Bob sang and is just as meaningful today, “ Twas in another lifetime one of toil and blood When blackness was a virtue, the road was full of mud”
The Dog Burn Returns
The monthly full moon Dog Burn returned on January 7, 2014 with a special guest appearance of the Big Dog himself. Renowned LTVA activity maestro Slobberjaws made a short appearance at the LTVA (his only one of the season) to hold the Burn and to let everyone know he WILL be back next season. SJ is a delightful old guy who is likely the best known and beloved of all the LTVA denizens.
The Weekly Hikes
Despite claims that there are as many people at the Dam this year as last; one could be excused for not believing this to be true if the number of hikers on our weekly hikes is any indication. The weather has actually been very decent for hiking and the hikes have been great ones and quite enjoyable for the few (4 -6) adventurous folks brave enough to put their boots on and get out. We have had 3 hikes in 2017. The first was to the Colorado Overlook (a crowd favourite) that took a different return route from years past.
Our second hike was out through the Painted Rocks. I suspect the rainy weather conditions resulted in only 4 folks making this trek. As DD (official hike photographer) stayed home in bed so no photos are available.
The third hike had us (all 5) meandering just out on the west side of the LTVA through some fairly flat terrain. Next week is the somewhat more arduous hike to the Little Grand Canyon. This hike generally brings out more hikers than the other ones but given the miserly turnout so far only time will tell. I’m sure the rumour that Hawk and Red Fox may arrive from California for the hike will be a big draw??
Steverino and the Captain’s weekly Tuesday morning bike rides continue with some excellent backcountry treks. For the most part the rides have been without mishap but on one recent ride the Captain while down hilling over some rocks had his seat pop off its frame. Fortunately, CC had a tensor bandage with him and managed to wrap the seat together enough to save a 5 mile walk home. A new seat is now needed as it is impossible to “pop” the seat back on the seat frame.
Our good buddy Dashing Dave from Missouri just had a 9th stint put in his heart and is on his way to a full recovery. I’m sure his recovery will be hastened by the wonderful nursing being provided by his dearest JJ.
The Eagle 5 underwent some major suspension work in Yuma this past week. Eagle 5 is now roadworthy for the trip home in, holy mackerel, just another 6 weeks. How time flies.