Time flies when you’re not busy! Actually we both stayed relatively busy during the shutdown. Thom doing little chores he’s been wanting to get done since we got here and me doing what I like best – walking, observing and taking photographs of the wildlife, both flora and fauna.
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Our weather has turned absolutely perfect the last 2 weeks. Highs in the mid to high 80’s and lows in the high 40’s to mid 50’s. Long pants & light jacket in the mornings when we first get up and shorts ‘n tee shirt or tank top from about 10 a.m. until after sundown, then back to long pants ‘n tee shirt, maybe a light jacket and sit at the campfire just chilling. Life is good!
Most of the people we dealt with during the shutdown were understanding in spite of being annoyed with the Gov’t, but we did run into a few Annoying, Self-centered, Spiteful, Hateful, Offensive, Loutish, Exasperating people who made us want to toss them in the river when it was full and running swift! We had people talk to us as if we were the idiots in Congress who were responsible for the shutdown. We had a little vandalism. I had one guy come in, drive down the ramp, park right in the middle and proceed to use a seine net to catch some bait fish while a couple teens with him went wading. I walked down the ramp and asked him to please move his truck up to the parking lot to park and do his fishing over on the beach in order to not block the ramp. He told me I couldn’t talk to him because we were closed and he was a cop and he could do anything he wanted because he was a cop. If he blocked the ramp in spite of it being near the end of the day and there was a boat out there that would want to load onto the trailer that was too bad, we were closed, they couldn’t use the ramp. I didn’t argue with him just told him that since he was a cop he knew he was breaking the law by parking there. Yes, I COULD talk to him to tell him the same thing I was telling everyone else who came in and YES! I could call the Law Enforcement if he didn’t move his truck to the parking lot. I then told him that if he chose to continue to stay there illegally, there was a better spot about 50 yards down the way where he could get all the fingerling carp he wanted for bait, but I couldn’t tell him he could stay and I couldn’t tell him he had to leave. He moved his truck and went to the other spot, got a bucketful of carp and left in a better mood.
We reopened last Tuesday morning and have had a small trickle of guests since then. We have one couple in here staying for 2 weeks. They live in their 5th wheel full-time and have been hosting campgrounds in Utah the last few years. They are really nice people and, of course, it’s fun to share experiences. He loves to fish. I’m hoping he catches something worth keeping so I can watch him filet the fish. He basically fishes for catfish but wouldn’t throw a good sized bass back if he caught it. Today I got a photo of a fish in the Colorado River right on the edge of one of our campsites. It’s a Green Sunfish.
In identifying this fish I read that they are a great fish for beginners because they will bite anything and hit hard. A fun catch for kids.
The migrating water birds are coming in now. I’ve managed to get decent pics of a Pied Billed Grebe and I think the ducks are a pair of Gadwalls (If anyone thinks I’m wrong about the Gadwalls, tell me)
Pied Billed Grebe
We have lots of butterflies going through also. The yellow sulphurs are here year round, but I managed to get a Queen Butterfly who is quite large but around here only lands at the top of the trees so it’s tough to get a photo of them. This is the best I got of the Queen. The 2nd one is the Sleepy Orange.
My garden is doing pretty good. I still have leaf miners on my one cucumber plant, but as soon as I see an infested leaf I break it off and throw it in the river. The garden still has white flies but I read they are not really that harmful, just annoying. I hope so because, so far, nothing I use is getting rid of them. Every time I water a cloud of white swarms off the soil and plants.
Pics of my garden… hopefully I’ll be harvesting Chard in a few weeks and everything else will continue to do well. From back to front on the garden:
Armenian Cucumber in small pot on left, Sugar Snap Peas in other two small pots.
Swiss Chard in left pic, Brussel Sprouts in right pic.
Salad Turnips in half the pot, the other half planted 4 days ago, barely sprouting.
Armenian Cucumbers in large pot. Plants are already growing bigger than in the small pot.
I hope we have better success this year than we did last year. I do know it doesn’t get as cold here as it does in Quartzsite. We’ll see.
We are in the slow time of the year for this campground. About the only people we will see will be the fisher persons and hunters. We’ve had some hunters in this weekend for a couple of nights and a guy in fishing the big Oxbow Lake (no outlet to the river, but great fishing). Duck season opened a couple of days ago and Quail season opened this morning. Guns going off all around us!
Next time we get into town I need to pick up the hunting and fishing regulations for both states. Heck, if I can put my camera down long enough I may even start fishing, but not until Dec. The AZ fishing licenses go from Dec. to Dec.
It looks like we’ve blown another 400 amp fuse. It has to have something to do with the screwed up electric system on the big solar arrays and their big generator. We have to replace that fuse on the inverter again soon. The charger isn’t working so Thom has to hook our battery charger up to our battery system to charge them.
Enough for now. I’ll try to get more posting done now that the shutdown is over and we may have something to talk about, like crazy campers, etc.
Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!