Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Yes, we are back in Caliente in Florence, AZ for most of the winter.  We stayed two nights in Hawthorne, NV then three nights in Beatty, NV and five nights in Payson, AZ.   With those multi day stops it took us sixteen days from when we left Victoria until we arrived in Florence.  We spent the five nights in Payson waiting for the hot weather down here in the valley to moderate. 
We arrived here about 11 yesterday morning.  After pumping up a couple of tires on the RZR then jump starting it, we were able to move it out of our way so we could back the motor home into it's spot.  After lunch I got started cleaning the carport of the accumulated debris brought in by the wild weather during the summer monsoons.  I pick up the larger debris then sweep up what I can then vacuum before finally using the water hose to flush the rest out.  There didn't seem to be as much as some years.
I cleaned out neighbour John and Carol's this morning which proved to be good timing as they arrived this evening.  John isn't doing very good this year so there is no way he could have done the cleanup anyway.  He was very grateful.

Near Payson, AZ looking across to the Mogollon Rim.  This major topographical feature runs about 200 miles across Arizona.  The Rim is an escarpment defining the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau.   The Rim rises as high as 8,000 feet.  Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour used the Rim in various novels. 

I was out geocaching one morning near Payson when I stumbled onto Mud Springs and surprised this Redtail Hawk at waters edge

He flew up into a willow tree and kept an eye on me for a while

Looking over the town of Payson, AZ

The view to the east from a hill above Payson

The view north east to the Rim

And a view to the west

Southeast view

Mitzy and I surprised this rabbit on our morning walk this morning

On my return from Coolidge this afternoon, I spotted this sky tractor.  These guys seem to be a bit crazy dipping under the power lines to dump their spray.  

He didn't seem to be spraying an existing crop so perhaps he was killing the weeds in preparation to turn it into cropland

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