johnny April 15th, 2011
Strange day today. It’s our first day back in the desert after a nice week in the mountains around Prescott. Rain and I went out for a walk this morning and stumbled into a cave.
By stumbled, I mean we were well inside of it before we even realized we were caving. We were just walking along a wash, minding our own business when a room full of formations jumped out and nearly tripped me.
As near as I can tell, we’re camped on top of an ancient cave system, whose roof has eroded and collapsed, leaving the entire cave open to the sky. You can still see many formations and someone has been spending their spare time putting the pieces together… literally.
Broken pieces of stalagmites have been stacked together in what might initially look like random rock stacking. Upon closer inspection though, it is easy to see that these ‘stacks’ are in fact a reconstruction.
The entire area seems like a geologist’s playground. I think we’ll do some more exploring tomorrow.
jenn April 10th, 2011
I have to admit it. I normally detest snow but for some reason I was secretly excited about the prospect of snow up here on the mountain. It turned out to be everything I was hoping. When we woke up on Saturday everything was covered in at least 4″s of snow. It was so beautiful! The following pictures here taken a few hours later, after the snow started melting off.
Our rig was snowed in, as was our camp mate Alx‘s rig.
The campsite was pretty well dusted.
Nothing stops Rain’s morning walk…. err hike! She’s not happy unless it takes at least two hours.
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jenn February 28th, 2011
Poor little Rain Dog. The last twelve days haven’t been much fun at all. Just when the slabber dogs were starting to warm up to her and realize that playing all of the time isn’t so bad, this has to happen and she gets put on lock down. On the plus side, she has been getting longer and more frequent walks. And, she still gets to run with Blue since he hasn’t quite figured out that he’s a boy and she’s girl. It’s about half way over, baby girl. Then you wont have to sport anymore of my homemade diapers ever again.
johnny January 15th, 2011
It turns out that Rain doesn’t remember much about the desert from her infant days. Or really, that she never learned much about it and certainly not about the Arizona desert. Last night she got to play with some other dogs out here at Quartzsite and came back bloody and battered.
It looks like she ran right into a Cholla cactus. Those are the real nasty little guys that have way more tiny spines than nature should allow all going in different directions. It started out on one paw, but as she tried to get it off, it ended up in her tongue, gums and the roof of her mouth!
Now picture one scared, hurt puppy lying in Jenn’s lap while about eight people crowded around holding flashlights, pliers, dog parts and other implements of destruction. The extraction process must have taken fifteen minutes even with two to three people pulling spines at once. Despite all of this, Rain lay relatively calmly and let us work on her as long as the body part being worked on was held firmly to prevent her jerking away as a spine was pulled.
Of course, afterwards, she didn’t want to run in the desert for a bit. In fact, she didn’t want to touch the ground and went from person to person via lap. Today though, she’s all fired up and ready to conquer the world again.
jenn November 22nd, 2010
We’re still alive and in Kentucky. I am working and feel completely wiped at the end of the day. I will try to post an update soon.