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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.