Published in the December 2012 Enjoy magazine.
I took this from the bench overlooking the valley.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
We found the treasure in the hollow log by her right foot. She also found a duck feather nearby.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
|One of the larger herds.|
Now the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge was created mostly for Pronghorn. The few times I have been there I have seen but few antelope though. One of the hosts told me that after they removed the cattle from grazing there the Pronghorn moved too. Interesting.
There are horses though. Lots of horses as evidenced by the Nevada speed bumps we saw (I'll get to that later though). On our last day we saw at least 200 horses. They were loners, small herds of 2-4, and larger herds of 30+. The horses were curious about us but not very comfortable with us nearby. I did get some photographs of them though. It was funny because both Bruce and I were thinking beautiful, perfect, mighty wild horses, but they were pretty rough with bite marks and mud. Other than that they were healthy looking.
Most of these horses were within three miles of an area around three springs. These were Little Buckaroo, Big Buckaroo, and Porcupine Springs. But, they were sporadic all around the Devaney Springs in a ten mile radius.
|These were in the Virgin Valley.|
|Very healthy looking too.|
|The best shot of our trip. His tail was sticking straight out too, but the zoom was too tight.|
Our biggest perplexity was the strange potty habits of the horses. They poop in the road! There is a lot of poop in the roads. We even watched one lone stallion race us to a spot in the road so he could poop there before we got there. Not kidding, he galloped. I did stop so he could finish his business somewhat undisturbed.
|A very large but old speed bump.|
|Every fifty yards or so there is a speed bump.|
|Smaller but newer.|
|Around twelve inches high.|
|Mare and three mules.|
|Our camp at Devaney Springs.|
|Some kind of old mine.|
|Find the Samurai.|
|Virgin Creek above Virgin Valley.|
|Mary's cowboy clouds.|
|Crack for Virgin Creek above the valley.|
|Wet spot in the rocks.|
After eight nights we had had enough and came home totally happy with our trip.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
|First night at Steven's Camp, High Rock Canyon area.|
My brother, Bruce, and I planned to make a week to ten day camping trip in the Nevada desert (which could be anywhere in Nevada I guess). And we were going to tent camp with two vehicles. I wanted to take the Samurai over so we could visit rougher areas than we could take my truck. I have a tent and large air mattress for the back of the truck and Bruce would tent on the ground. Our desire was not to rough it too much but also get into some rough country. We did that.
The truck and Samurai were stuffed with supplies, tools, fuel, etc. A week or ten days is a long time when there will be no stores to replenish our stocks, or get a shower. I towed the Samurai as it is not a fun ride on a long highway trip.
Spent three days exploring around this area and rock-hounding. Many of the roads we wanted to explore are now closed off by BLM. It can't be from overuse as they are deplorable (just what we wanted) and we only saw two other rigs in four days. I guess someone decided it is good to shut us out of most of the area.
|Obviously the entrance to Yellow Rock Canyon.|
|Bruce in the emigrant wagon wheel tracks.|
|A nice overlook of the meadow to have lunch.|
|Living room size cave. Blackened with fire smoke inside.|
|Emigrant graffiti with my watermark :) near the cave.|
|Bighorn sheep, ewes and lambs.|
|There were at least five lambs.|
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
The male is very shy and flighty. He doesn't like to land on props we put up and won't even come around if there is too much extra stuff around the feeder. The female doesn't seem to care all that much.
Thursday, April 19, 2012