Happy St Patrick's Day everyone!
Going to be a busy day today but didn't sleep well last night. Worried that my pipes were going to freeze. Went out at 11 o'clock last night to start the bay heater but it didn't work. Probably should have checked that out earlier in the evening. But I did find a treble light so I put it in the water bay and turned it on to provide some heat.
Went back inside and turned on the White Lion heating system and went back to bed. A little later I noticed the fans were chewing up my battery power so turned that off. Made the mistake of turning off all the power to the house to conserve batteries.
At 1:30 I woke up and it dawned on me when I turned off all the power, I also turned off the light in the water bay. By this time it was 26 degrees outside. Switched the power back on and tried to sleep. Only got fitful sleep because I was aching all over. It wasn't till 5:30 that I realized I had forgotten to take my normal two Tylenol before going to bed and that was why my arthritis was bothering me so much.
Finally, it was 7 o'clock and I got up because I had lots to do this morning. It was supposed to drop to 27 overnight but it got much colder at 21 degrees. Decided to wait until it warmed up before turning on the water pump. At 8:30 I gave in and turned on the water pump and water poured out the kitchen faucet as it should. All that worry for naught!😖
The day is going to be a beautiful sunny day with a high of 70 and no wind. Perfect day for a long ride in the Jeep. After breakfast, at 10:30, Tom and Deb got in their Jeep and Yuma and I got in my Jeep and we headed to Sonoita to get gas and then on down hwy 83 toward the Huachuca Mountains southeast of here.
Hwy 83 ends at Parker Canyon Lake in the Coronado Forest down near the Mexican border.
|Boat dock down below|
We then took W Montezuma Canyon Road going east through the Huachuca Mountain Pass know as Montezuma Pass. The road is now gravel and somewhat maintained.
It wasn't long before we saw a sign telling us there was a controlled burn ahead. They had a barricade across the road and when I stopped, the fireman checked ahead to see if we could go on through. Checked and we were given a green light but told to be careful.
Returning home driving through the Empire Ranch area I could see way off in the distance what appeared to be a couple of Pronghorns. They were walking away and couldn't get a very good picture of either.
Glad to hear there were no problems with frozen pipes. Having that light must have saved the day. That controlled fire looked pretty close to the road. The lake certainly was a bright blue. Nice you were able to see a couple of pronhorns..ReplyDelete
Had a bad night through my own fault. Very pretty lake with small boat and a ramp, rv park and a big tent camping area. Nice place for weekend. Very far away from nearest town though. Hopefully I'll get better pictures of pronghorn than that.😬Delete
When we went through, there were heavy equipment signs. They were cutting down all the old dead trees, but were shredding them into trucks. Interesting that they decided to burn it off instead. Sorry you had to endure all that smoke!! The views at the top were cool though. And you got to see the pronghorn!!!! I'm glad your pipes didn't freeze up this time. I'm the same way ... awake all night worrying about "did I turn it off right". Hopefully now it will warm up.ReplyDelete
This must have just been the ground cover and limbs left over. Just didn't prepare as usual and it got lots colder than expected. Just glad it's over🤩 Going to be beautiful again today.Delete
Nice there were no problems with frozen pipes, but sorry you had a bad night's sleep because of worry. I think I'd be turning around..that smoke was terrible. The lake there is gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Thank you Shirley. I don't usually worry but haven't been in such cold air before so it was new to me. I'm sure you know I wouldn't turn around 😃Delete
Tomorrow we'll learn if you made it to the top, but a nice drive past Canyon Lake. Another project back home - to fixup the bay heaters. Glad you shared the pronghorn encounter.ReplyDelete
Canyon Lake is an oasis in the middle of nowhere and there were a lot of campers. I was surprised at that. Not the best shots of pronghorn but at least I got them.Delete
What a beautiful lake. Smoke and fire....I know what I would have done. I have to tune in tomorrow to find out what you did!ReplyDelete
That is a beautiful lake in the middle of nowhere.Delete
Every Controlled Burn I have ever seen got out of control when the Wind unexpectedly picked up.ReplyDelete
Glad you made it through Safely and can Enjoy your ride another day.
It's about time.
Yes, I was surprised they let us through. We had driven a long way so would have been disappointed if we had to turn back. Luckily no winds.Delete
Your pictures of the ride are great. I knew I should not have read your blog until I posted mine...lo The controlled burn was certainly a different experience, not to mention hot when I rolled the window down to take a picture. Poor Yuma one "big campfire" to not enjoy.ReplyDelete
It was interesting. Yuma certainly didn't enjoy the big campfire.Delete