The Last Hurrahs

The Captain and Debbie Dewdrops are on the move again. Time to hit the road north to spend a few months back in our home town of Vernon, British Columbia. We are looking forward to seeing our friends and neighbours for the first time in almost 18 months. Just hope they do something about getting rid of the snow before we arrive. We plan to take about 10 days to make the trip with a 3 or 4 day stop in our favourite state park Valley of Fire.

So with sadness in our hearts we bid farewell to our “Kling-ons” (BBB and LLL) of the last 2 years. We did try to entice GG (Gorgeous Gypsy) to escape with us but the threat of the PP (Phantom Phaeton) following us around again put the brakes on that idea.  Also a’ la prochaine to our great friends (RRR, AA, Danielle and Andre) from the La Belle Province.  And with this post I am officially adding our great hiking friends from Campbell River into the AA (Alliteration Alumni). They will from this time be known as PP (Peppermint Patty – she’s so sweet) and her partner BB (Billy-goat Bill) which honours his determined style of hiking. And of course I would be remiss not to mention all of other friends from Music Row. See you next season kids.

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GG and her Oggorfian (LLL too)

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BB gives CC the finger also PP, LLL and BBB

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after the final Sunday lake walk

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the Captain gets busted for committing peace

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the Captain just before being beamed up

 

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LLL’s first youthful transgression

Day 1 of our trip and we have already had a change of plans. We had intended to drive to Boulder City with an overnight stay at the Casino there but the forecast for rain and high winds put a damper (a pun perhaps) on that so instead we diverted the Eagle 5 to Fry’s in Yuma to stock up on supplies and gas. The weather tomorrow promises only sun and fun so we are keeping our fingers crossed.

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well the day started just fine

To say the least it was an unusual winter in the desert with more rain and wind than normal but that didn’t stop us from enjoying ourselves and the very unusual sight of green hills and valleys where the norm is various shades of brown.  The following tidbits cover some of our less mundane activities in the past 2 weeks.

Return of the Oggorfians

As punishment for DD and the Captain imposing on them in Tuscon the week before,  MODD, Jeneen and Pat tracked us down in our desert hideaway and forced us to show them the secrets of our rudimentary lifestyle in the desert. Although MODD was a bit under the weather we did manage to get in a drive to the Imperial Sand Dunes and toured the LTVA. The most common refrain from the visitors was the marked difference between the arid desert landscape and the much swampier conditions of the home planet Oggorfian.

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Hail to the Oggorfians

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Jeneen, CC and Pat exploring some old desert ruins

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Jeneen just doesn’t seem excited about finding gold

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the Oggorfian sisters have just scaled the border wall (in background)

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Jeneen brought home an illegal alien – oh sorry its just Pat

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the Imperial Sand Dunes

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buggies on the dunes

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back at camp

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just what is DD doing – who knows but she obviously thinks it was Special

Debbie Dewdrops  also escorted Pat and Jeneen to Los Algodones where Pat was surprisingly let back into the USA after making a couple of pair of spectacles of himself.  Hey kids they can’t all be gems!!

Weekly Group Hikes and Bikes

Our daring and courageous hike leader Steverino took us out for the last 2 hikes of the season. Both of these hikes took us on different routes and were wonderful new adventures. On the first hike, Jeneen’s Pat joined the group (more like a mob of 20) as we hiked out from the potty and trod through 2 slot canyons in Ferguson Wash.

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heading up Ferguson Wash

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the slot canyons split up ahead

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left or right – better have a team meeting

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back down the wash

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break time – I’ll take mine on the rocks

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the slots from above

The last hike (for most of us anyway including Steverino) had us follow a canyon that took us to the bottom end of an earlier hike (of the infamous ED rock fame) and up over a high ridge that presented a great view of Martinez Lake across the Colorado River. This hike was christened by the Captain as the Buzzard Beater in honour of it just getting in before the end of the season and the seemingly scores of buzzards that tracked our progress. Fortunately they went home hungry.

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start of the Buzzard Beater hike

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must be something interesting here?

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and here?

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just in case DD got lost

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at the end of the canyon

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up on the ridge

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looking back down into the canyon

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a strange sight in the desert – grass growing

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the Colorado River

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once a flower child always a whatever

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back down into the wash

The Captain and Steverino could only manage to fit in one last backcountry bike ride in the last couple of weeks. We managed to put in over 15 miles and returned to the scene of the great wolf sighting from a previous ride only to be disappointed. We did catch, rare for this year, a sighting of three desert burros and I suspect it is quite possible that one of them may have been a wolf in burro’s clothing. I mean really, one of them did look a little bit off! I did have my camera with me but it “mysteriously” failed as I tried to capture the beast. Just saying.

By stubbs99

Its a MODD MODD World

Well kids another Yuma winter is winding down for the Captain and Debbie Dewdrops. In 2 short weeks we will be packing up and heading back home to Vernon, British Columbia for the first time since August 2015.  We have our fingers and toes crossed that the funky white stuff will be gone by the time we get there in March. We are looking forward to meeting up with our home town friends soon, but in the meantime, the fun in the sun (even though we are getting a bit of rain at the moment) goes on and on.

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just another tequila sunrise

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weird alien like clouds

We are happy to report that our doggie Goddaughter Gypsy is recovering quite nicely from her broken leg. Despite doctors orders of lots of bed rest GG seems determined to ignore that sage advice as her “puppy brains” at times get the best of her and cause LLL and BBB no end of consternation.  And as she heals,  she is also getting bigger and at the last weigh-in is now topping 13 lbs. Strangely enough her ears are growing at a faster pace than her body and may soon need to be tied up to avoid tripping her up.

The Captain was also able to trouble shoot and repair a leaking hot water tank with only some minor water damage.  This was very fortunate as a new water tank costs in the range of $500.00. DD was most grateful as the cost of a new tank would have to have been appropriated from her shoe fund.

Hawk and Red Fox Hit Town

Our 2 good friends Hawk and Red Fox rumbled into town on their Harleys for a 3 day visit. The visit was a week later than originally scheduled due to inclement weather. Seems that once you get into your seventies no matter how hardy you are it’s time to ditch the Doors tune Riders on the Storm as your theme song and replace it with Row Row Your Boat.  Just kidding Hawk!!! While back here in the desert, Hawk and Red Fox quickly got back into the swing of things with our 7 mile walk around the lake and our weekly group hike.

When not out and about, DD (with generous help from BBB and Pat) treated us to a Mexican fiesta dinner.  After dinner we (CC, DD, Pat, Bill, Hawk, Red Fox, LLL and BBB) all enjoyed a couple of hours sitting around the campfire imbibing beverages guaranteed to keep the chill off. GG was also in attendance but as noted previously with her “puppy brain” ruling the day she was relegated to the truck for a “time out” for a good portion of the evening.

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must be Mexican night at DDs

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dinners ready

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dinners gone

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BBB, CC, Hawk and Red Fox enjoying the fire

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DDs Art Deco photo of the week

A one game winner-take-all Domino game was held between the boys and girls and being the gentlemen that we are, the girls were awarded the victory with some generous score keeping by the Captain.

Weekly Group Hikes

As promised by Group Hike Leader Steverino a new trail was taken out to the Little Grand Canyon which managed to avoid several of the severe hills that on previous outings had tested even the hardiest of hikers. Regardless the 5.5 mile hike attracted a season high hike crowd of over 15 hikers and the weather cooperated (cool) for the 3 plus hour trek.

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LLL way out front

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strange rock formations??

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no, according to BBB these are nail drying crevices

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LLL and CC give it a try

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DDs shadow sure looks strange

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DD in the LGC

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and so is LLL

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lunch break at end of LGC

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Stan, ?? and Sue from Penticton BC

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further down the wash to

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the Crevice of Doom

Video of LLL marching the hikers into the Crevice of Doom:

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a cool rock arch

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the Give Peace a Chance Brothers

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a prehistoric creature

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Hidden Shores in the back ground

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almost home

Our other weekly group hike also brought out hikers in numbers (including Red Fox and Hawk) and combined an old hiking route with a mid hike detour through some previously unexplored slot canyons. The detour made what was already a fine hike into a desert delight. This modified hike has been officially added to the must do hikes for next season.

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Jake and CC wondering what will be found in the tank

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OMG its the legend of Lost LLL (how pitiful)

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looking above the tank

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a photo op for some

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and why not with rocks like these

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looks like petrified strawberry ice cream

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a snake portal perhaps

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CC checks it out

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Pat leads the way into the new slot canyon

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LLL is eager to slide right in

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Red Fox shows her form under CCs guidance

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a break before the next big challenge

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down another rock slide

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Red Fox makes it safely while Hawk bows his head for a quick prayer

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along the wash to the next canyon

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Red Fox scampers ahead

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CC must have hit his head on something

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climbing out

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and over water

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will DD make it – see following video for the answer

Video of DD traversing the pit:

Back Country Biking

Steverino and the Captain have been able to, despite very, very busy schedules, get the bikes out to the back county each Tuesday and on our last outing we were treated to the rare sight of a lone wolf perched high atop a rocky ridge. At first it looked like it might be one of the wild burros that roam the area but it became clear that it was a wolf as were able to get within a few hundred yards and see its profile. It was too large to be a coyote. The wolf calmly kept us in sight for several minutes before deciding we were no threat and causally headed back over the ridge. This is definitely what going out into the back country is all about. And of course neither Steverino or CC carry electronic devices with us while biking so there is no photographic verification unless you get close enough to look through my left ear into my “photographic” memory.

Tucson Surprise for DD

The Captain and DD headed out to Tucson for a 3 day visit with her sister Jeneen and spouse Pat who are renting a condo there for the month of February.  We were definitely looking forward to the visit and in particular to the endless hot showers and swimming pool. We arrived early afternoon and DD just had to rush in for a pee while the Captain unloaded the truck. In the middle of unloading the Captain was startled by DD’s wild screeching in the condo. Dropping everything and rushing in to save DD from what sounded like imminent peril, CC found DD in hysterics as she hugged MODD (Mother of DD) in the hallway. Seems the Oggorfians had conspired to surprise DD by having MODD make the trip to Tucson with Jeneen and Pat for the month. Needless to say the plan was a success and let’s just say it was good thing DD got to the bathroom before the BIG surprise!!

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MODD is first to the table

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Oggorfian sisters DD and Jeneen

Video of Oggorfians in their splendour:

Well the 2nd BIG surprise of the trip came when we all went down to the Casino del Sol for the evening and none of the Oggorfians won any money. This really qualifies as more than a surprise and I expect there will be an official inquiry into whether the game was rigged.

Our main outing while in Yuma was a day trip to Tombstone. This was a first time trip for Pat, Jeneen and MODD and again we lucked out with pleasant and mild weather and very few tourists.  The first time DD and CC were at Tombstone it was stinkin hot and very crowded.

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Tombstone City Hall

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DD and MODD souvenir window shopping

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the original UBER

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a sign of the times

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and a sign of the apocalypse??

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law and order western style

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gunfight at the OK Corral

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the Grand Hotel

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now Kate’s Saloon

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stained glass window looking from inside

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the main drag

On the day following Tombstone the 4 of us took a 5 mile hike around the mountains surrounding the condo complex at Tucson Heights. MODD begged off the hike saying she didn’t have off road tires on her walker (really??).  Just off the trail there was an old foundation of a house and a truck buried up to its roof. No idea how the truck could have got there unless it was aliens?? Later we took a shopping trip to Costco and then home for some time in the hot tub.

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starting up the trail

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view of Tucson Heights from the trail

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Pat, Jeneen and CC

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on the lookout for Wylie Coyote

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Pat at the old house foundation

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the buried truck

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now that Leonard Cohen has passed there is no “Bird on the Wire

We really had a good visit and next week MODD and the kids will be returning the favour with a trip to Yuma to visit us out in the desert.

By stubbs99