Friday, July 31, 2009

A good Friday :)

JUumped on the Cycle this morning and went in to Woods Canyon Lake, my word, already at 10am that place was a madhouse.. no parking space for a normal vehicle, so just pulled the bike along a no parking painted zone.. it fit well. Got my Fishing license, John will be coming up with weekend and will see if we can manage to get dinner a time or two :)

Storm in the area now, and it's brought a nice breeze, hopefully it will rain and put some of the dust down, and give me a boost in my rainwater, I'm almost out (use it for washing of me, dishes, laundry, cooking, and fire dowsing) so need a recharge. so far this place isnt as bad as last weekend, can hear folks coming in, but my corner of the park is still empty :) need 2 vandwellers to show up quick and take the 2 nearest spots!!!

It's comfortable here, some of the peace from last nights post is still here.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

a quiet and serene night in the woods

Feeling very peaceful today, the weekend crowd hasnt started to show up yet, and after todays 8 mile hike, I'm feeling tired and worn down, but in a good way :)

had some cold soup for dinner, didnt feel like making a fire, and now watching the sun set as I listen to soft music on the radio.. it's times like this that I am very glad to have chosen this path in life.

It's not all beer and skittles, as they say, I still have my moments of restlessness, or of missing my favorite addition Online Gaming, but this life and that just dont mesh.. and I think that this is the life that will prevail..

it used to be normal for my BP to be in the 150/98 range.. took it today and it's down to 130/74.. somehow, I think this is the healthier choice :)

todays thing that irritates me.. folks that leave the campsite and dont bother to put out thier fires!! so far this week I've put out 5 of them.. and have watched the rangers kill a couple others.. Folks just dont seem to get it.. they come here because they want to get away, and be somewhere beautiful, but their actions might just ruin it for others and themselves.. it's frustrating.

Todays picture :) though I dont know that I will do one daily. View of Bear canyon lake, from the west end, at the end of the trail from forest road 208.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

any fungus experts out there??

found a type I cant find in my book, nor have I seen it listed online.. so just in case :)

Monday, July 27, 2009

7/20/09 Bear Canyon Lake

Well, I can only say one word about this place.. Beautiful!!

came up today, had never been here, but it's deep woods.  12 miles of washboard road once you get off the pavement, and it is well worth the trip.  Before I selected a campsite, I drove down the access to the water and hiked the trail to it.. lovely lake, steep walled lined with mature pines..  have a few tracks I have to check tomorrow for possibly an easier way to the water than exists, otherwise I may never end up getting into it!  I'm camped quite a way from it and i'm definately not going to carry the Yak the whole way.. Folks are tentatively planning on coming up on Wednesday, maybe then, but unsure at this point.  Hike from the lake parking area to the water is down a switchback trail, lots of rocks and steps.  so not an easy trek by any means.  but I bet it would be beautiful on the water.  I might have found a trail that goes down to the dam end of the lake.  Not legally drivable, but might be a much easier hike, and could even be relatively shorter.. time will tell, will hike it in full tomorrow with my gps to make sure I know where I went when i consult the maps.

Been cold today and i'm actually wearing a jacket as I type.  last time I checked the temp was about 330, and it was 58..  Tonight will be a cool night and I'm looking forward to it.  Collected about 3 gallons of rainwater today, filtered out the debris from the trees through an old shirt and it's nice and clear, will use it tomorrow to do some laundry I'm thinking.  I dont like how crowded this place is for a Monday night, Not at all like my remote area in Strawberry, but I'll adjust :)  hitting 7pm now and soon will head in for the night, hopefully the 2 other campsites near me (but not right next to me) wont be partiers tonight.    Thinking if I had got the Verizon Aircard, I would have a signal tonight, the Verizon phone does allow me to call out from here, but not Tmobile.  lesson learned, will have to get that taken care of :)

Bear Canyon Lake, Forest Road 89, NE of Christopher Creek Az.

The Good and bad things in a day... (7/26/09)

Good morning from cloudy Arizona!! -Grin-

clouds rolled in a bit ago, hoping I get a good rainshower, running low on rainwater for washin.

Today goes into the books so far as a good day, for the first time since hitting the road, Unloaded the bike today.. Almost won the moron of the day award by coming close to dropping it coming down the ramp, but I got it down safely(though probably scared myself out of a year).

a few minutes ago, the forest rangers that I've been talking to came by, one of them gave me a name and number for a contact for hosting campgrounds up here, and took my name to give to his boss.  Said it would fit right in with what I'm doing in my life right now, and while they dont have paid positions, at least I wouldnt have to be moving every 14 days :)  I was quite pleased that they think it would be something I would do well at, and lord knows staying up here would be wonderful ;)  Sure would give me lots of time to hike and learn the area.. probably nothing will develope this summer, but I can keep it in mind for next if I'm still mobile with this life.   I have a feeling I will be.

been pondering a rearrangment in the truck.  As you might have noticed by the title picture of the site, I have a good sized truck.. that grill thats visible on the side actually opens up.. the brilliant idea occured to me last night as I was starting a fire and beginning food prep that I should move the food cabinet in the truck right in front of that.  so that all I had to do when outside is to open that grill, and make a drop down shelf.. then all my cooking gear would be handy.  could leave a space for the laptop too so that I could grab it as well instead of having to climb in and out the back all the time (about 3.5' in height)  sometimes after long walks, my legs dont enjoy that.

Probably will get a good picture of the truck and replace the title photo with it soon, why settle for a mockup when I can get a good shot of the real thing :)  I'll try to watch the picture size for those with smaller screen resolution than I use..

To those that have posted comments.. I swear! I am NOT ignoring you!!!  I just havent been in a spot where I have a real connection that I can work with.  i'm planning on going to Payson, Az tomorrow and getting an Aircard, so that shouldnt be an issue from here out.. Closing for now, clouds getting thicker and i might get rain.. Am hoping so I can wash the bike -grin- And me while I'm at it..  the campground is clearning out so I can probably get away with it without too much chance of embarassment!!  By for now!!

Bear Canyon Lake, NE of Christopher Creek, Az


well, 8am on Friday morning and for the past hour I've been treated to the sound of Chainsaws, and quads running up and down the roads.. and I am sure some of them have no type of muffler at all...  I think the forest service guys were right, it's going to be a looong day :)

could it be I've gotten spoiled by my solitude?   considering packing it in and moving to the backside of the lake, but since thats not even a camp ground, it might well be worse over there, when I was walking the road near the dam yesterday there were already tracks of ATV's and Dirt Bikes.. and with no campground to at least have some established rules, I can imagine what it could turn into..  Probably will stay here and just get cranky -grin-

Cloudy today so far, no power coming in to speak of, so may type more later.

Bear Canyon Lake, NE of Christopher Creek, Az

And todays test (7/23/09)

Is dealing with people...  today, I took a long long hike around the lake..  there isnt a trail around the lake.. but I did anyway <grin>  was only 4.5 miles or so in distance, but by the time I got back I was ready to collapse.. the only flat spot around the lake is the water itself!!  so I was beat!!

got back to the truck just in time to run across a couple National forest service guys putting up signs allowing camping only in designated locations, and actually putting up the signs to designate the sites.. luckily I didnt have to move <grin>

they informed me that I was in the cesspool of the forest here at the lake, and that starting tomorrow, this place was going to go sharply downhill.. they havent the budget to keep it picked up, the folks that have the contract to do so will show up tomorrow morning, and they said that by tomorrow night it will be trashed all over again.  really irks me..

well, folks didnt wait for tomorrow to start showing up.. I was feeling crowded as it is, and more folks came rolling in this afternoon.. instead of me being able to appreciate the quiet of the woods at night, and first thing in the morning.. all I can hear now at 7pm, is the sound of chainsaws, and quads running all over the place.. including down some roads I know quite well they arent supposed to be on.. and it's going to get worse???  I guess I'm definatly a boondocking kinda guy, even a remote campsite (in this case) has to much of the crap that man brings into the world.

but.. I did find it making me think of being a camp host for someplace like this..  I have the demeanor, I have the bearing.. and I certainly care enough about the preservation of the environment that I wouldnt hesitate to get on someones case about it if they were trashing the place.. Might have to talk to my forest service boys tomorrow and see if something could be worked out... OOo.. goody.. gunshots now.. even though it's posted all over that there is no shooting...  This could be a long weekend.

Bear Canyon Lake, NE of Christopher Creek, Az

TRAPPED!! dang rain :) (7/22/09)

raining good and hard this morning, got my morning walk in, only wildlife seen was an Owl, havent dug into the books yet to see if I can determine the species, but he was a lovely specimen!  really gave me a smile when he silently came swooping through the trees! 

Had visitors for a short time today, Mom and Dad came up from the cabin to see where I was and my level of comfort :)  We sat for a time, then decided to take a hike down to the lake from my camp.. we didnt get more than 100 yards from the truck before it started rainin..  we stood under the trees for a time, but eventually decided it was going to settle in for a while and ran back to the truck to get under the tarp.  Dad was preemptive, and went right back into his truck!!  smart man..   It didnt let up and after talking with mom for a bit longer, they called it quits for the day and headed back to the cabin :)

23 miles one way for em, said they will come back up another day since I'm going to be here for a bit yet.   

Now I'm sitting in the truck watching the rain, and hoping that somehow the newest folks that showed up will pack up and leave since they are getting rained on..  Guess I'm not cut out for popular campgrounds, I feel squeezed in here and hate that I cant even sit in peace and quiet..  Boondocking seems to suit me better overal :)

but I'll tough it out.  John is going to try to come up sometimes, probably before next weekend depending on work schedule.  I find myself going through phases where I'm missing folks, other times I'm quite content to be solo.. but I guess thats to be expected.. havent even hit a month out yet.. but it's getting here!!!

All for now :)

Bear Canyon Lake, NE of Christopher Creek, Az

oh My.. What a Bear of a Commute this morning! (7/21/09)

After a cold night (was down to 50 outside) in which I slept quite well, got up this morning to fulfill our civic duty, and Tori and i started out on the trail at 615..  Dodging the traffic and the sounds of squirrels, we headed down an old unused road..  well, I'm the sort that if the trip is being uneventful, it's time to turn off the road and go off trail for a bit.. so the first promising corner we came too...

cut down a ravine, gentle slope, not steep at all.  Dark forest closed in around us, it had rained a few hours yesterday when I first got here, so everything was damp and moist, much like a rainforest floor is where the sun doesnt get to it.  it was beautiful and quiet, but something was still missing.. Ahh.. there it was!  Fast food for breakfast!!  I had found myself a wonderful grove of Wild strawberries, and quite a few of the plants had fruit..  Now, I'm normally not much for fruit at any time of day, just somehow never got the taste for it, but this morning a few dozen wild berries did the trick!!  it was a great pick me up.

being the consumate navigator that I like to think I am, and having not brought my GPS or Compass along with me, I knew the lake was to my south, so I headed up the ridge to get to that area..  I eventually came to another abandoned and closed off road and I could tell the lake was down below me, but in hopes that the road I had found led to the dam at the base of the lake, I decided to follow that for a ways figuring one of two things would happen.. it would curve around to the dam, so I would possibly have an alternate route of getting my Kayak to water, or it would curve the other way and meet up with a closed off road that i had started on...  There was a third option that I hadnt really considered viable at the time.. that it would just continue to go it's own way!!  well...  it did.. I followed it for a few miles...  and at this point all I can do it repeat.. it was a bear of a commute.. No.. Really.. A Bear...  A Black Bear...  A Big Black Bear.....(grin, ok, literarry liscence there).

Tori And I were strolling happily along, she running ahead (for some reason this morning I was keeping her on lead) when suddenly she stopped stone still.. her nose quivering and looking into the trees to our left...  I stop and start to scan and what do I see.. a Bear slowly stepping away into the medow that is behind the trees...  I tell Tori she's a good girl, and start praising her as I watch the bear depart so I know we are not under threat, and it breaks into a trot to get out of site.. perhaps it was in the mood for some fast food as well <Grin> certainly makes me rethink going off trail here as casually.. but as long as I have Tori with me, I have a backup :)

Was a great mornings walk, and I look forward to being able to repeat the discoveries for many days to come, probably will be here a couple weeks, so dont know when this will hit the blog.. but hope you enjoy the story :)

Bear Canyon Lake, NE of Christopher Creek, Az

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Trying to play catchup with all my email is nuts!! <grin>  luckily, most of it isnt critical.. just could be missing some good info if I dont at least try!!  been sitting here for 1.5 hours now, and still havent managed!!

Spending this weekend at the Folks Cabin in Hunter Creek, Az.  little bit warmer than when I was up on the rim last week, but it's nice here, and got to spend some time with some wonderfull people that came up with my Sister Sheri :)   getting to meet and know them was well worth the extra heat!

Tomorrow, will probably head up to the Bear Canyon Lake on the rim and back to the cooler country.  Still havent spent the time in the truck putting away all the groceries I picked up on Saturday morning, so will have to do that once I get in place and 'camped' again.  the lake will be my first attempt at breaking out the Kayak and spending some downtime on the water.

Tori got her baptism today in Hunter Creek, the creek wasnt flowing, but there was enough standing pools of water, some of them a couple feet deep, and I decided to do some wading in the creek.. well, as usual, she followed me after a moments hesitation.. and I think she's decided that she loves water now :)  she was having a blast there and it was so nice and comfortable in a 90 degree day :)

Picked up the Verizon phone from my Sister this weekend, hopefully it will function better than the t-mobile has been for signal.  Still havent done the Aircard thing, so will be out of the loop again for a while.  just not ready to do that bill. 

Dont have signal here, or would be adding some pictures to the posts, bear with me.. one day I'll have the ability again, or find a good post writing software that will allow me to post them offline, then upload when it gets a firm connection.  I'll keep hoping ;)

nothing else of note at this time, will write more when I'm back in the woods ;)  Be well my friends!

Hunter Creek Az.  Near Christopher Creek Az.

Friday, July 17, 2009

I think I found lazy..

had plans to get up bright and early this morning, load everything up, and head into Payson, Az, for a resupply..  well.. didnt feel like it this morning, so decided that I'll wait till sundown or so to head down.  probably stay the night at the Casino Parking lot again and make use of thier WiFi and grill.  then head to the Folks tomorrow.

Not suprisingly.. as the afternoon drags on, I'm still lazy!!  figure about 4 will start loading up.. isnt really much to move into the truck, just the solar and the water jugs.. then will head down.  Hopefully it will be cloudy down there today so that the temperature isnt terrible (90+)  but if so, with it being late in the day will only have to tolerate it for a couple hours before the sun sets and that changes everything :)

By for now!!
Forest Road 609, Coconino National Forest, North of Strawberry, Az

and A Rainy night.. finally! (7-15-09)

730pm, 59 degrees outside.. 74 in the truck ;) doors shut, pets in and happy.. will be an early night tonight.  Love listening to the sound of the rain on the truck and the wind in the trees.  Was cloudly all day and I kept hoping that rain would come, when it finally did it settled in to stay for a while.  At the back doors of the truck I have a tarp up which provides me shade through the day, and of course protection from that mythical thing called rain!!  with an eye toward sustainability and being able to boondock for longer periods, I have it slanted to feed into a bucket to catch all the rain that I can.

When I retired to the truck, I had captured over 2 gallons so far and it's still coming down, so I'm quite content.  Will use that for tomorrows washing of both me and the dishes. 

Tomorrow, will pack the truck up and head into town for base level supplies, and I "May" get a Verizon Aircard.. alot of areas that i expect to be in probably still wont have signal, but it is alot more practical than a phone that doesnt get signal hardly anywhere..  At least I can keep in touch with folks through Email.  Know that wont please everyone, but I have to count the dollars at the moment, still havent won the lottery <grin>

This weekend, have a get together at the family cabin, should be fun.  They havent seen the truck yet, may even unload the bike and do some riding.

Forest Road 609, Coconino National Forest, North of Strawberry, Az

3 days seems to be a cutoff for me..

then I start getting restless <grin>  Hopefully in time that will pass, or am I going to be moving every few days??  kinda hope thats not the case, but time will tell.
Got in place here on Forest Road 609 on Friday, with record heat forcast for the Phx area, I had a feeling that alot of folks would make the trip up.. I did see a few vehicles over the weekend, but for the most part I've been alone with the sound of traffic in the distance.. and it's been nice :) 
My Day routine has been to get up about 6am, take Tori for a walk to let us both streatch our legs, practice Knife throwing for a bit (into a dead tree, never live), find something good on the Radio and spend my day in contemplation of my life and the potential futures available to me.  Occasionally taking additional walks with Tori untill it's dark like is coming on now.. soon we will retire to the truck and call it a night :)  Might watch a couple episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I know, I know.)

I think tomorrow I will pick up an Aircard for the laptop, just dont like being out of touch.  Will be at the folks cabin on Saturday, Sister is bringing up a new phone from Verizon, that should help as well with staying in touch.

Have been wondering lately if the Truck is going to cut it for me.. hate not having windows, and since so far I've shown no inclination for the "Stealth" aspect I might as well get something more comfortable for daily living..  of course, thwn will have the joy of trying to resell the truck if I do that.  Or.. could just install a skylight and vents in it for the hotter areas so at least I would have light inside.  Thats a down the road decision yet though :)

Closing for now, to look at the stars for a few!!  it's a hard life isnt it <grin>

Forest Road 609, Coconino National Forest, North of Strawberry, Az

What a difference 30 miles can make (7/10/09)

From a parking lot, to Pines and peace..

I really enjoyed being able to be plugged in again, so stayed in Payson longer than I had thought I would initially.  made it a whole 3 nights.. having WiFi avail, having  a C store i could wander over to for a Dr Pepper, it was nice.. but I sure didnt like living in a parking lot.. 

Got up this morning and knew it was time..  at night had been laying there sweating and uncomfortable even with the doors open, and I don't like doing that when there are humans around.. I trust animals far more than I do them!! though seeing the teeth marks of a skunk in one of my Canteens one morning made me glad Tori hadn't woken up! <grin> that could have been even more educational than her street encounter..  but I digress <grin>

I havent gone far, and I have a feeling that I'll move further today, question is, in what direction.. it's friday.. weekend folks will be coming up.. so guess I need to get in position somewhere.. probably should go where I have a Cell signal so that I can at least touch bases with folks now and then.  Dont feel like going down alot of rutted roads today, really hard on the load that way.

Current view out my living room window (will add when I make connection Gmail doesnt support adding files in offline mode)

On the Mogollon Rim, North of Strawberry, Az

Friday, July 10, 2009

Back in the woods :}

Howdy folks, just updating through an email, left Payson Az, and am back
in the woods just north of Strawberry Az.

Liked having internet, but being out away from the noise, and odors
associated with a city I won't miss..

Will update as I'm inclined :}

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Education of Tori

She made me proud yesterday morning.. and made my day sooo much better than the alternative would have been...

got up at 6am on the top of Pinal Mountain, we literally were in the clouds.. nothing but a thick fog in all directions, it was very wonderfull and rare for an Arizona morning. We start our usual morning walk, taking it easy, she's off leash as usual when no one is around.. next thing I know she alerts and goes tearing down the road..

I look ahead, and what do I see.. a Skunk!! Instant dread filled me.. What horrors would I be dealing with in just a matter of minutes!! Never before had I had to call tori back from the chase, until recently, she didnt even know what a chase was, being pretty much bound to the yard.. but there we were in the fog of morning, Tori Running, me looking on with horror, the skunk lifting his tail in display to say bring it on!!!

I called Once "TORI!".. no effect.. I called again! TORI!!" her step faltered slightly.. I called Once more in desperation as she was nearing her quarry "TORI!!!" and she turned and come to me :) Never had I been so pleased with her.. showered her with love and affection, and we watched the skunk relax and go it's own way :)

Crisis Averted!!

Currently in a park in Payson, Az leaching connection from the Payson Library :)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sunday morning 6 am..

Ok, it's not really, I just really like that album <grin> Old Simon and Garfunkle fan here of course..

it IS sunday morning, the morning after the 4th of July.  didnt see a single firework this year, didnt try at all but on both friday and saturday nights I could hear them.. I'm assuming the town of Globe, which is downhill about 14 miles.  sounded like they had a fairly descent amount going off, but I was already in bed (tending to crash at dark) and didnt wanna try to hike the trail that would give me a view down into town in the dark after seeing a rattlesnake a few times.

So far, I'm doing ok, still adjusting to not having a world full of distractions to keep me entertained.  Mostly at this point I sit..  alot of thoughts percolating through my mind, alot of things I'm trying to resolve about my spirit and my motivation in life. I find myself thinking of how in the world I could reintegrate into the world again, I think thats mostly due to the lack of an internet connection at the moment, I used to spend alot of time online, even if not doing much I would be streaming music or checking various sites.. Or, of course reading messages with Vandwellers, or Boondocking groups.

it's hard not to have those now, or at least someone to talk to.  Being the solitary sort that I am, that part suprises me.  Have had a couple of the folks coming near come offer me coffee in the morning, or the other day offer to give me thier remaining food as a camper left.. I'm so not used to that side of people.  I responded courteously and declined in both instances, but in time I might have to be more accepting.

weather forcast for the desert down below for the next week calls for possibly record heat, Highs today in globe up to 108.. and here I sit in a sweatshirt happy as a clam (well, temperature wise).  I think I'll probably head down on tuesday to try to hit a wifi, and then head up along the mogollon rim, in the area near Young, Az.  Think it will be a bit warmer than here, which would be good, the nights are freezing me out.  One of the biggest concerns I've had about being a dweller is being cold.  The heat I've worked out in for years, 110 days are uncomfortable, sure, but they can be adjusted to for me and have been for a long time.. but the cold, and potential body aches that come with it make me worry.. I have so many blankets and comfortors in the truck that come winter I wont be able to turn over!!  all just for contingencies.  and I think thats silly.. but untill I lay that fear to rest I'll keep hauling them around taking up space.  Generally, with the doors of the truck pulled to (not latched), and the passenger window cracked a bit for air, the truck stays 10 degrees warmer than it is outside.  Thats with no heat, and no lights or appliances generating anything that might cause heat.  so even if I have to deal with freezing temps I should be able to survive  I hope <grin>  I do worry about the pets since they have a higher body temp than humans do, but will cross that bridge as needed.

Tori is in great shape now, no sign of a limp at all while we walk and she runs along in front.  When we are away from sites I let her run off leash.  Sometimes she gets so far ahead I cant see her anymore, then I'll round a corner and she's waiting to make sure I'm coming that way.  If I get concerned I can blow a whistle twice and she comes running (at least so far)  so I'm not too worried about her.  Found out she's smell oriented, doesnt spend alot of time looking around at all, and has missed both deer and rabbits that way :)  in time that may change, this is all new to her.

took her first walk out at 6am this morning, was on the cool side, but I had crashed at about 730 last night, was getting cool outside and retreated inside the truck where it was 70, so it was an early night.

Some hikers just came by, Said the fireworks are from the casino in town, not the city, I had wondered how they could have afforded them with the economy as it is.  They think there will be more tonight.  They are working on one of the cabins up here and took a break to walk a bit.

so not looking forward to going down to the heat in a few days, but we all do what we must!!
Untill next time!!
Upper Pinal Campground, Pinal Mountains, South of Globe, Az
"Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined."
Deepak Chopra

First week boondocking in Az

And I'm cold!! <grin>  teach me to come up to 7800 feet!  most days the high is in the 70's, but the nights are dropping into low 50's.  for someone thats been used to 100+ days, and 70+ nights, this is quite a shift..  doing ok, using my quiet time when I'm not hiking to sort through more of the junk I'm still carrying and will be donating more to a good cause when I drop out of the mountains :)  report for the week, 3 deer, 1 rattlesnake, multiple squirrels and rabbits, and birds galore :) this isnt a place to come if you have a trailer or longer rig

Upper Pinal Campground, Pinal Mountains, South of Globe, Az
"Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined."
Deepak Chopra

Question: Does coffee strongly effect Nemo? OOOoo Baby!!

Made coffee with dinner tonight, first time I've made it on a camp fire, didn't measure out the water, just guesstimated it..  of course, hadn't had caffeine for over a week.. can you say Wired!! <grin> still 1030, and i'm going strong.. just finished organizing all my online photos in Picasa, and deleted them from my Camera.  gonna try to get some rest tonight, Dogs looking at me like I'm nuts! <grin>  But it was really good Dark Roast coffee...

on the more serious side.. been hiking every day since I've came up the mountain.. this is the first time that before I started out, before my feet ever hit the first hill I could feel my heart beating away, and FAST!!..  so yes.. Coffee, that wonderful elixir, does effect me, and I'm not sure thats a good thing.. Didn't like the elevated heart rate at all after being calm and serene for a week..  will have to make it sparingly.

Night folks! :)


People Irk me!

Just taking a moment to express frustration with people in general.. did ya ever notice that some folks only want more??  no matter how much you do, how much you have gone out of your way, that it's just not enough?

Here I sit, on the top of a mountain, the only Phone signal I have is down a very steep trail, and then it's only iffy.. I've told people that, and I'm getting told "well, why didnt you call yesterday?" I tell ya.. and I think my next stop will be even more remote and I probably wont have phone at all.  bet thats gonna go over well...

Why cant people just accept others as they are instead of trying to change them to fit the mold in thier mind??

Ok, Rant off.. Sorry folks ;)

Upper Pinal Campground, Pinal Mountains, South of Globe, Az
"Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined."
Deepak Chopra

3rd day unplugged! 6-30-09

Greetings from the Upper Pinal Campgrounds, in the Pinal mountains, south of Globe Az

3rd day out and settling in, so to speak :)

Set up the solar panels this morning, nice and early so that me and my sunburned self wouldnt have to be working in direct sun!!  They are working well, and laptop fully charged in the space of about 2 hours from a 1/3 charge, so I'm happy with that.

Tori and I are settling in fine, Goblin is still hiding in the truck for trhe most part but I see her now and then.. she is getting to her food and water so I know it's not critical for her to be out and about.  I hope she gets to a point where she feels she can be soon though, miss her face :)

Yesterday morning, got up early for a walk, and was fortunate enough to see a deer up the road a bit as We walked.  then Yesterday afternoon, had a thunderstorm system roll through, my first storm in the truck..  winds didnt get that high, but i'm in somewhat of a sheltered bowl, rained for only about 40 minutes and not heavily, but did keep me in the truck..

After the storm passed, Tori and i went for another walk, it was just beautifull out and so comfortable.  Found the turn off to the Lower Pinal campgrounds, walked part way and discovered there are actually a few cabins up here!  I had thought it was all park land.. they are small, but it sure would be nice :)  Didnt walk all the way yet because Tori isnt used to getting this much exsercise and starts limping after a while, so building her up slowly. 

Made my first fire of the trip last night after the rain as well and cooked dinner on a small blaze.  2 elderly gentlemen had come up during the day, and stopped to say they were up for a few days, they had a bonfire going!  just have to hope they take care of it.

Nothing on deck for today but rearranging some things in the truck, and another walk or two.   Of course, this Wont go out untill I hit wifi, but making updates as I go!

Upper Pinal Campground, Pinal Mountains, South of Globe, Az.
"Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined."
Deepak Chopra

Thunderstorms on a Mountain top

I'm tellin ya folks,  ya just dont know what your missing till you are rocked out of bed by a thunderstorm directly above you when your at 7800 ft..  Add in the fact that there are quite a few areas up here that are burned, making me think of lightning strikes, and it makes for fun!!!

Was out Walking Tori at 230am, ,when suddenly there was a flash...  next thing I knew I was surrounded by a massive and lasting thunderstorm.. Must have rained good and hard for about an hour, very humid this morning, and I expect to get more this afternoon.  I'm doing well, though still fighting boredom a bit.  think I might be adjusting, but it sure would be better to have someone to share time with and talk to now and then.  I'm not very interesting company to myself so far. 

On the positive side, Truck came through the storm with no issues whatsoever, always the possibility of a leak I hadnt found since it hadnt rained since I got it

Upper Pinal Campground, Pinal Mountains, South of Globe Az
"Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined."
Deepak Chopra

Email post 6 28 09

Greetings from the Pinal Mountains :)

First night in the field and I'm bored to tears!  <well, almost>

just getting to full dark now, got up here about 1200pm, and spent the afternoon enjoying the sound of the wind in the trees, and various birdcall that I am not familiar enough to know.  No rain tonight, I was hoping as many of us arizonans do, for a bit of a storm.  was 103 in Globe, highest my temp sensor got up here was 84, so quite a difference in 15 miles :)

I know it's going to take me a while to adjust, but I sure hope it doesnt take TOO long!  this wont post till I get a wifi signal, but at least there will be dated entries!

did take a few pictures,so far just of my view out the back of the truck, the campsite I'm at.. are some great vistas I saw coming up, but I wanted to get here so didnt take any at that time.. will fix that though :)   Dont know if I'll make it here a couple weeks though.. might decide to move on before that.

South of Globe, in the Pinal Mountains
"Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined."
Deepak Chopra