My winter of play is over but that’s not so bad because I’m back at Grand Canyon where I work for the summer.
The North Rim doesn’t open until May 15th so the park is very quiet. A wonderful time to revisit old haunts without the crowds. So Saturday I went for a ride on the Scenic road.
Saw this wild Tom turkey and wondered if he was hiding in the park as it’s turkey hunting season in the adjacent Kaibab National Forest.
I’d never noticed this little window in the rocks below the Vista Encantada overlook.
No traffic meant stopping in the middle of the road for otherwise impossible to take photos.
The currants are already in bloom along with a few other flowers near the rim. Seems just a little too early for spring at 8200 feet.
Only a little snow left in the shadows.
But still a few pools of water on the meadows where I saw this lifer bird, a white-faced ibis.
It’s so nice to be back at Grand Canyon for the season. Hope you’ll come for a visit.
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Hanging out for a marvelous sunset is like sky magic.
Within 45 minutes the colors and patterns change.
Sure is a wonderful show.
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Celebrate Earth Day, every day!
I feel a little guilty as I’m on the road today, burning fossil fuel to tow my RV-home back to Grand Canyon.
Abert squirrel KOA Flagstaff
I’ll stop in Flagstaff for a couple nights along the way.
Then continue north past Mount Humphreys.
And through the Painted Desert.
Cross the Colorado River.
And up onto the Kaibab Plateau.
The North Rim opens to the public May 15th.
Hope you’ll come visit Grand Canyon National Park.
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From glowing orange sky
to blazing red
streaking across the sky
Good night moon.
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Which do you prefer tub or shower?
After living in a RV for 20+ years I’ve learned to take quick showers. When the water heater is 6-10 gallons you just can’t dawdle. Plus always turn the water off while lathering. TMI? If you’re a newbie you’ll soon discover many ways to be conscious of water conservation.
Tub stored in bathtub of last 5th-wheel
But back to tub versus shower. I’ve lived with both options in my various RV configurations. Not very practical trying to fill even a small bath tub with the hot water limitations.
I love the skylight in my shower, well at least when it’s not too cold outside, with sun or moon light streaming in to set my shower aglow. In fact, under a full moon after the lights are off and I’m in bed, my shower glows and I keep expecting Dr. Who to step out its doors. I have yet to get a shot of that.
I do love to soak occasionally and had that opportunity while staying at Warmwaterberg Spa in South Africa in my own private Roman bath. Just didn’t have any bubble bath.
Friends can offer a real treat with the use of their bathtub to visiting RVers, especially full-timers. Maybe even light a few candles and luxuriate in bubbles.
What I’d really like is a portable hot tub.
What’s your preference, tub or shower?
Ah, spring in the desert.
Seems the spring winds are blowing a bit of dust around.
The irises are blooming.
And the Easter bunny showed up a little late.
In the meantime, I’m packing to head north next week for my return to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
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January was a very wet month in northeast South Africa. The grasses were tall. Flooding occurred.
Yet the February gift on my second day there was a rainbow on the way to Kruger National Park.
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Whenever I fly I try to get a window seat. May be crazy considering I usually opt to fly at night and sleep as much as possible. But if there’s a view I like to take photos. This wasn’t so easy with the first leg of my journey on a red-eye from Phoenix to New York.
But leaving JFK in the late afternoon provided some excellent views of what I believe is New York City.
Never explored there so can’t be 100% sure. Please let me know if you’re familiar with the area.
After a late dinner it was lights out and the darkness outside was palpable. Yet morning finally came somewhere over Africa.
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All these GMO food issues has me wanting to grow my own organic garden, which starts with organic seeds.
Has to be small, maybe 3-4 containers. Cherry tomatoes, mixed greens and cilantro would be perfect. Having a fresh salad nightly when you live 85 miles from the nearest grocery store would be a delight.
Yet because I live summers at Grand Canyon National Park I have to enclose my garden both so the critters don’t eat it and so as not to spread non-indigenous seeds. I can easily make a table. Thinking bent wire over the top and connected to boards that can be C-clamped to the table. Plus easy to roll up when I need to move in the spring and fall. And the containers will stack together. Please feel free to give this brown-thumbed gardener suggestions.
Will you have a garden this year? Will it be organic?
Although the Tsitsikamma zip-line really had me thinking about moving to South Africa.
A move may have to wait for the future, after I retire from my seasonal job as a Park Ranger at Grand Canyon. Will be a few more years until eligible to collect Social Security, if there’s any to collect.
So, in the meantime, I’ll just dream.
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