Saturday, January 20, 2018


Aileen's knee is slowly improving and she has been able to get out of the motor home.  The first day was when we took Ken and Marie to Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale for Marie's appointment.  I wandered
around the nice nature trail they have adjacent to the parking lot while Aileen stayed in the car with her Sudoko.

I led three rides this week so lots of photos to edit in the evenings.  We played cards a couple of days also.  Ernie and Atha, friends from Colorado, arrived Monday so instead of going to the ATV potluck, we had a welcoming supper for them with Ken and Marie.  Last night, we went to the Riverbottom Grill to help them celebrate their anniversary.  There were seven of us and we were lucky enough to score a table right off.  The place is a madhouse, specially on Fridays.  It was very noisy inside and really smokey outside where there was live music (very good singer) and dancing.  We adjourned to Ken and Marie's for pie and cards afterward.
We've had a long windy spell this winter and the temperatures were pretty nice by mid day.  We are forecast to have some cooler weather for the next little while.

Prickly Pear Cactus

Barrel Cactus with old tree stump

Saguaro skeletons

Petrified wood end section

More petrified wood


Cute little cactus

All of the above were taken at Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ

On the Martinez Mine Road

South Butte

A favourite perch for this Northern Mockingbird.  He is often there where we park the trike to go into the desert.  Mitzy and I walk by about twelve feet underneath and he usually remains in place.

Looking east from the Little Spine

Face off.  Male Lesser Goldfinch on the left, I think.

Morning break below Box Canyon

Looking toward the bottom of Box Canyon

Martinez Mine Road looking west to the cattle guard pass

Harris' Hawk

Mineral Mountain from the 7-9 mile crossover road

Thursday, January 11, 2018


Life keeps hurtling along for me, it seems.  Aileen is still pretty much laid up with her knee although it is slowly improving.  She made it out of the motor home yesterday for the first time since New Years Day.  We took Ken and Marie to Scottsdale for Marie's appointment at Mayo Clinic.  Afterwards, we met Marie's cousin and husband for supper at a Red Lobster and had a pleasant evening.  Leaving there though things went down hill.  We came on a recent accident and had quite the time making a detour.  Then we had several more either accidents or breakdowns with red and blue flashing lights.  We'd left Mitzy home as she doesn't like travelling and she sure was glad to see us.

Spotted these drowsing horses driving the back roads home from Coolidge one day

Discovered these Crested Saguaros while geocaching another day


Mitzy and I saw this rooster quail on our morning walk last week

Hand held of the moon the other night

Northern Flicker also while Mitzy and I were on our morning walk

On our last Friday's ride, some of them get comfortable

Last Friday

Northern Mockingbird right above where Mitzy and I park the trike for our desert walks

Some sheep on our Monday ride

Box Canyon

Along the Martinez Mine Rd

Taken right above where the previous photo was taken

And just a little further along the Martinez Rd

Red-tailed Hawk this morning after watching fifteen ATVs go by

This American Kestrel stayed put while thirteen ATVs blasted by and let me take a few photos

House Finch taken on our morning walk

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Aileen and I went to the clubhouse for the New Years dance and enjoyed some good fellowship with friends.  We danced quite a few and were on the floor until it ended at 12:15 am.  Aileen is still paying the price as one knee is giving her a lot of grief.  We went to the pool after the dance and I enjoyed the hot tub while Aileen used the pool.  It was 1 am when we got home from the pool.
We cooked a ten pound ham in the electric roaster yesterday and we had a great meal at 1 pm at Ken and Marie's.  Our friends Richard and Judy joined us for lunch and we had a nice visiting afternoon.  We were going to play cards but just didn't get to it.
I had taken some photos at the dance including several videos so I spent quite a while editing and uploading them to the Caliente Facebook page, much to the humour of certain people. 

Aileen and Mitzy were off on the trike and had stopped to visit Marie when she noticed this in the sky.  She had Marie call me and I grabbed the SX50 and zipped out the door to capture this Fire Rainbow, also called an Iridescent Cloud.

Highly magnified in camera, the hummingbird's motion has made the image a bit soft but it is kind of neat to see him all fluffed out.

North and South Buttes off in the distance on our ride last Friday.

Some Fall colour along the Gila River last Thursday

The view northeast across the Gila River

I clambered up on the hill for this view, see the ATVs down there?

Closer view

Another view north and east across the Gila from South Butte

Looking west down the Gila River.  The Copper Basin Railway tracks are tucked in at the base of the cliff.

Male House Finch, I believe.

Grumpy looking Curved-bill Thrasher

Male Gila Woodpecker

Showing his red topknot