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Friday, November 17, 2017

More Research, Climbing the Ridge, Mistaken Identity Revealed and Lick Marks From Night Time Visitors.

Our Location today is Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Cottonwood, Arizona, U.S.A.

We are definitely starting to feel better and waking at an earlier time since we’ve been here in Arizona. I was up shortly after 7:00 this morning and was surprised to see how bright the Sun was shining with very few clouds in the sky. Looking across the lane the woman’s rig who pulled in while we were at the fire was already gone. Kathy who is still recovering from a Bug she caught in our travels, came downstairs by 7:30 and the Sun was no where to be seen in fact the first thing she asked was “Is it supposed to Snow?”
Trail behind our trailer leading to the top of the Ridge.
Notice the cloudy skies.

We were sitting at our Computers enjoying our Coffee/Tea by 8:00 and listening to the sound of Rain on our roof by 8:15. Luckily it only lasted long enough to coat the pavement and that was it. Looking at The Weather Network there was no sign of Rain in the forecast and with only 20% Possibility of Precipitation here in Arizona it shouldn’t have rained at all. 
Last leg to the top.
With the temperatures hoovering around 50 F (10 C) most of the morning we worked together researching some of our future excursions and mapping them out so that we will get there when we want to. Tomorrow’s trip will only be around a Hundred Miles so we can make it a relaxing trip. It will also give us the chance to see how the GPS Updates worked out. 
Our Trailer in the middle of the picture.
For lunch today, we had more of the Homemade Chicken Vegetable Soup that Kathy made the other day. The warmth of the soup helped make her feel better plus there is still enough for another meal. 
There we are at full zoom.
Since we didn’t plan on going anywhere today we decided to take afternoon showers rather than waiting. By doing it this way we didn’t feel the evening chill because as soon as the Sun sets here in Arizona (you couldn’t see it today) the temperature really drops. Kathy took her shower shortly after lunch which she said helped get the chill out of her body. 
Tuzigoot Monument from the Ridge behind our trailer.
Full Zoom and Cropped.
You can see the layout of the walls.
I went outside with the Camera and a little mission of my own in mind. Slightly over behind our trailer there is a Mountain Ridge that I wanted to climb following some footpaths. By the time I reached the top not only could I hardly see our trailer down below but looking in the opposite direction I could see much more. Looking down was the Blazin’ M Ranch where we attended the last Dinner Theater of the year last Sunday. Just a bit beyond that you could see the Tuzigoot Monument that we had checked out on Wednesday. In last night’s Blog I said we could see the city lights of Clarksville from our trailer where in fact it was Jerome. From where I was standing it appeared to be a stone’s throw away not the long drive we had taken to get there on Wednesday. (I’ve already Corrected last night’s post.) On my return down the path I found numerous droppings in the area consistent with Coyotes that we’ve heard in the area. 
Blazin' M Ranch from the ridge
Back Home the Basement needed to be adjusted so the Weber Q would once again fit for safe traveling. Remember my mentioning of Coyotes in the area? When I went to pack the Weber away the Grease Tray containing Bacon Grease had been mostly cleaned out. There were lick marks in the little remaining Grease. Guess we had night -time visitors. Once that was replaced and stored I took the trash that Kathy had also gathered up to the dumpster. 

On the return trip I started talking with Nick who had served on the U.S.S. Enterprise during the Viet Nam War. I inquired if he knew other vets that had served but due to the size of the ships and the constant turnover of crew that would be hard to know. 
Coyote Droppings on the trail and surrounding area.
My afternoon shower made me feel as refreshed as Kathy’s did and we weren’t chilled. For supper we had Chicken Fettuccini made using some of the pieces of Chicken that Kathy had cleaned off the bones the other day and there is still more. 
The Red Arrow points to Jerome.
That's where we saw the lights last night.
It was past 5:00 MST when we finished eating supper and that’s when we had new neighbours pull in on both sides of us. The joys of setting up in the dark. Glad that wasn’t us. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment and click on the pictures to enlarge them. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


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  1. One of my all time favorite areas. Glad you are getting to see everything there.

  2. Always nice to take a day and just enjoy where you are at. It looks like a nice place.

  3. I see the temps up north are cooler than down here in Tucson. Still waiting for the cold front.
    You have covered lots of sights since you pulled in to Dead Horse Ranch. Great pictures.