Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gated Community Living

As gate guards we are truly living in a gated community.  Well, the rig is 6.5 miles down the road so we aren't exactly in a community!  Here are photos of our nearest neighbors.
This Cattle Egret hangs around to eat bugs drawn by our security lights. 
Aligator, about 3.5 feet long.
We just saw the gator crossing the road to get to another soaking pool.  First time we had a really good look at it but couldn't get any photos.

Our sunrises and sunsets here are spectacular, especially when there are a few clouds around.  In many ways they look the same with the red, pink, peach, orange to purple shade.  Here is a sunrise for illustration.
Dawn is breaking
The sun has risen!
The rising sun causes long shadows.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Workcamping in Texas

We are trying a new job on for size.  So far the fit is pretty good.  We are working for a contractor who supplies gate guards primarily for oil field drilling and rig rework.  Our job is to log in the trucks entering the gate and log them out as they leave.  Very easy and we meet some nice people.

We are located in the coastal plains just a couple of miles from the coast.  Our main scenery consists of ripening rice fields.  The nearest city is Bay City but smaller Palacios will supply some of our needs since it is closer.

Our contractor supplies us with utility trailers with fresh water, a BIG generator and sewer pump and storage.  Thank goodness the generator is big since we need both air conditioners running all day long.  In case you don't know, it is HOT and HUMID in this area.  There also are two bell cables that ring when trucks drive over them to alert us to the traffic.  Just like the old time service stations had.

Our trailer hides the signs for the other businesses inside the gate but they are only open to the public by appointment so we don't have too much traffic from them.

We are thinking that we may keep doing this through the winter although it is likely we will be moved to other locations when this site is finished. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Walnut Canyon National Monument

In the high desert just east of Flagstaff, AZ is a deep canyon with an "island" configuration that housed the Sinagua people 800-900 years ago. We had visited it almost 20 years ago and today, as a final celebration of my 65th birthyear month, we wanted to see it again to verify our memories. The dwellings were built under cliffs around the perimeter of the island and along the walls of the canyon. They had a leak-proof ceiling of the cliff overhang and draft-proof rear wall and floors. They built front walls and side or dividing walls. The rooms seem tiny to us and very low.

The walls are ruins that have been stabilized by the National Park Service. Think there was a little rebuilding too just to show what it probably looked like. There is a narrow path around the outside of the dwellings near the cliff edges. 
Limestone forms the canyon walls

First sighting of cliff dwellings across the canyon

I could stand straight near the rear wall in this one

Ron could only stand at the very front

Visitor Center on rim where we started our walk.

Interior doorway

Ron would not easily fit through this door!

More dwellings on the other side of the canyon

Very first of the steps up out of the canyon

View of the Visitor Center from the other side of the Island

Sorry, no photos taken at the top, we were POOPED!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It's A Slopper!

This is the slopper that Ron ate for lunch at the Sunset Inn in Pueblo, CO.  It is a huge pork burger pattie made as a cheeseburger on a local bakery bun and smothered with a green chili sauce.  The photo does not really show how big the bowl is but it is a large salad bowl, not a soup bowl.  The slopper filled it.  I realized how big it was and found the sauce a bit too spicy so I ordered a half size Italian sandwich.  My sandwich became pretty spicy by the time I was through.  I did have a few bites of the slopper and it is delicious.  After Ron polished it off, he groaned "I can't believe I ate the whole thing!" 

Here is the website for the Sunset Inn type of Slopper & sauce.

I was impressed with the dome on the Pueblo County courthouse but it doesn't show well in this photo.  Pueblo has long been a steel mill town and was formed by merging 4 or 5 towns along the Arkansas River.

The next photos show that we are not in Texas in August!  These were snapped in Idaho Springs, CO west of Denver on IH 70.  Lovely to see the baskets of colorful flowers.  The old fire station was sandwiched in between other buildings in this old mining town.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Storrie Lake State Park, Las Vegas, NM

I have been calling it Storrie puddle since the lake is so low.  A park employee told us that the lake was near full at the beginning of the summer.  It is not now.  The lake is quite low and seems rather uninviting.  Here is the link to the park website so you can see how it should look. http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/storrielake.htm

Doesn't look much like a nice wind-surfing lake now with the heat and drought.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Three Rivers Petroglyphs Site

Petroglyphs are rock carvings, pictures scratched or chipped into the surface of the dark patina of rocks.  This site has more than 21,000 petroglyphs with some dating at least 1,000 years old.  At Three Rivers Petroglyphs Site these were made by a group of prehistoric Native Americans that are referred to as the Jornada Mogollon.  Yesterday, in spite of the rain, lightning and thunder, we explored part of the site.

This one is my favorite.  It is three-dimensional with the face centered on a ridge of the rock so the nose is very prominent.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Almost Wordless Saturday

In October 1999 we brought Mother to explore Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs.  She finally got to see what we had been raving about for years.  One of the sights were the new horse statues at the Hubbard Museum.  We had a lot of fun there.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Iris and Others

Wikipedia reports that iris is a genus of 260  species of flowering plants with showy flowers.  Hondo Iris Farm only had 2 with beautiful blooms and a couple with very faded, droopy blooms.  The iris season ended a week or more ago, much to our unknowing dismay.  Even the roses were past blooming.  We did see some interesting plants and blooms, though.

Not sure what the purplish leaved tree was but has some interesting mossy effects.

Poppies are scattered around the trimmed iris plants and even the poision oak makes a display.

Lillies were the blooms of the day and made quite a show of it.