2015-10

Rick and his dog, Kita took us on a boat ride

Rick and his dog, Kita took us on a boat ride

A school of baby catfish. Click to enlarge.

A school of baby catfish. Click to enlarge.

State line buoy looking toward Colorado

State line buoy looking toward Colorado

Still waters made for a nice reflection.

Still waters made for a nice reflection.

The summer adventure is winding down.  This will be my last post for 2015.  I will be leaving my host job on Tuesday and am headed back to Arizona.  I will spend a couple weeks in Sun City with my mom and sister before returning to Yuma around the 1st of October.  One of the campers here at the park took Sandra and I on a boat ride to the Northeast corner of the lake, we crossed into Colorado and saw where the San Juan River empties into the lake.

 

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2015-9

Looks like a stone totem. Click to enlarge.

Looks like a stone totem. Click to enlarge.

Weird outcropping on the horizon.

Weird outcropping on the horizon.

MIXTOY - WIN_20150817_135304I am back from a quick trip to Wyoming.  It’s always nice to see the family.  I saw a great-nephew that I haven’t seen in ten years, met his wife and saw the adorable new baby girl.  Another niece has a very cute baby boy and one other niece has a two-year old boy that I’ve only seen one other time.  Other nieces and nephews and their kids are all growing up too fast.  My daughter went with me and I got to visit with my son and his fiancé.

I’m back at the campground and my friend, Sandra is back here also.  We have been out ‘runnin’ the roads and looking for interesting things to see.  We took a drive to Stone Lake, which has just about dried up to a pond, but we did see some good rock formations on the drive.

2015-8

Interesting item in Dulce, you decide.

Interesting item in Dulce, you decide.

I haven’t posted in a while because my friend, Sandra Carpenter has come to visit.  We have been to Farmington to se the Angel Peak overlook and to Aztec to see the ruins.  We met another friend in Aztec and had lunch with her.  Lola Gonzales invited us to her house and we had a nice visit on her patio under some large shade trees.  She has a very interesting ‘pet’.  A large black rabbit is as tame as a little dog.  While we were in Dulce I spotted what I thought was 4 men wearing rain slickers in a row boat.  After a closer look, I think it was supposed to be a banana split.  You decide! (Notice the ice cream cone sticking out the back of the boat) In a couple weeks, I will be leaving here to go to Wyoming for a short visit.  I will be back here until after Labor Day.

Old tires, painted bright colors, make nice flower planters.

Old tires, painted bright colors, make nice flower planters.

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Shiprock as seen from Colorado.

Shiprock as seen from Colorado.

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Click on the picture to enlarge.

 

 

 

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It wasn't easy to get a shot without people in it.

Flags of all four states and the Indian Nations. It wasn’t easy to get a shot without people in it.

 

Flags of all four states and the Indian Nations

Flags of all four states and the Indian Nations

Me and the 2 guys made a day-long trek.  First, to Shiprock, then the Four Corners and finally, Mesa Verde National Park.

 

 

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A couple of my RV buddies have come to visit.  John and Barry are here.  Yesterday we spent the day sight-seeing and shopping in Farmington.  We went to look at a BLM campground near Bloomfield called Angel Peak.  The campground is pretty remote but the surrounding area is a pretty spectacular view.  It looks like a mini version of the Grand Canyon.

John and Barry above the canyon

John and Barry above the canyon.

 

We are planning a cookout for the 4th of July with burgers                            and potato salad.  It’s nice to have some company here, it’s a pretty remote area.

Angel Peak

Angel Peak

2015-5

Bright colored cupcake puzzle kept me entertained during the rain.

Bright colored cupcake puzzle kept me entertained during the rain.

We have had so much rain lately I’m beginning to feel like a duck.  I only got caught in it one time without my rain pancho, I got soaked.  Now I carry it with me ‘just in case’.  I spent so much time inside my rig that I’ve worked a few 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzles.

 

 

As part of my job, they gave me a ‘gator’ to drive around.  It’s fun to drive so I’ve been driving around to all the remote areas, just checkin’ things out.  Oh, sure, it would be better exercise to walk but “that ain’t me”.  Last week on a day off, I went to the little town of Dulce.  It’s a cute little town with a casino so I naturally made my donation.

Dulcet Lake

Dulcet Lake

The ranger had me over for a cookout one evening.  It was fun.  We had a campfire and drank some beer.  I don’t have the greatest internet connection so my posts may be pretty sporadic.

2015-4

The dust clouds under the horses hooves are carved wood.

The dust clouds under the horses hooves are carved wood.

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One of the things I like to do is visit small town museums.  Sometimes I find the most interesting exhibits.  At the museum in Aztec, NM, I found the Pecos West Cyclorama.  It is a hand carved display that weighs 3500 lbs and is 18 feet in diameter.  It rotates by use of a small electric motor so that it makes  a complete turn every 6.5 minutes.  The display has over 100 hand-carved symbols of life in the early era of the desert southwest.  There are people, birds, animals, plants, buildings, vehicles, clouds, mountains and much more.    MIXTOY - WIN_20150528_110947

The artist was born in Wisconsin and was a WWII veteran.  He moved to Sedona, AZ in 1951 and began carving the cyclorama.  It took almost 20 years to complete.  He used pine, redwood, burl, oak and aspen.  It has been moved from AZ to New Jersey then to Maryland and North Carolina before finding a permanent home in the four corners area.  Click on any picture to enlarge it.MIXTOY - WIN_20150528_104449MIXTOY - WIN_20150528_110657

2015-3

Aztec Ruins

Aztec Ruins

MIXTOY - WIN_20150528_122236Memorial Day weekend wasn’t as busy as it could have been.  The weather kept some people away.

Many carp and 1 duck

Many carp and 1 duck

I took pictures of the carp and a duck right off of the marina.

It looked like the water was boiling

It looked like the water was boiling

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Barrel cactus in bloom

Barrel cactus in bloom

Marina, boat slips and houseboats.

View of the lake from my camping area

View of the lake from my camping area

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WIN_20150519_092500I have arrived at the Navajo Lake State Park in the Sims Marina campground.  It is a beautiful area.  I will be working 3 days each week in the visitor’s center and 2 days as camp host.    Some of the New Mexico landscape is very dramatic.  I expect to be very busy this Memorial Day weekend.  There are already quite a few boats and campers here.  The weather may keep some campers away.  It has been raining in the evenings.

2015-1

Well, it’s just about time to start my summer travels again.  I’ve had a good winter, but I’m ready to get ‘back out there’.  I left Yuma on May 7th and drove to Sun City, Az where my mother currently lives.  I have been here for a week where I was joined by an older sister, an older brother, 2 younger sisters, a nephew, a niece and my daughter to celebrate Mother’s Day with mom.  We also celebrated her 90th birthday.  It was great to see family members that I don’ t get to see very often.  I plan to leave here Monday and travel to Gallup, NM.

On Tuesday, I will arrive at the Sims Marina at Navajo Lake State Park to work as camp host for the summer.  I don’t know yet what kinds of duties I will have.  I’m really looking forward to getting up to a higher elevation.  I always love the trees and lakes.  I hope some of my buddies will come by to visit.  The campground has all electric hook ups but they do allow boondocking by the lake.  I don’t have any pictures yet because I have a new tablet and I haven’t figured out how to use it yet.   Rest assured, I will.  (even if I have to get RV John  on the phone to ‘splain’ it to me)

I should have something to photograph and something of interest to show and tell by the end of next week.  Till then, love to all.