It’s been almost a month since the beginning of the season at the North Rim Grand Canyon which opened May 15th.
What little snow there was is gone, the forest is very dry, the temperatures feel like summer and the visitors have arrived.
Ralph the Ranger Dog
All the Ranger programs are running and Junior Rangers are earning their badges.
The birds are out and about…
…along with the squirrels.
Claretcup Hedgehog cactus
Cliff Spring trail
A wonderful time to go for a hike.
Watch sunset from the Grand Lodge.
Hope you’ll come for a visit.
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All four seasons can and will happen in one day during the attempt towards a tentative Spring in Northern Arizona.
Morning came with a tentative sun between the clouds. Yet rain came on the way off the Kaibab Plateau heading to St. George in Southern Utah. No photos as I was driving a work truck with spider-web cracks across the windshield taking it in to be replaced. Had a couple hours to walk around so my co-worker and I had a nice lunch at Olive Garden. Although the clouds threatened rain all around us we wore only a light jacket which was almost too warm when the sun shone.
On the way home he drove, first through intermittent heavy rain.
As we headed towards the Kaibab Plateau obvious precipitation of some kind awaited and threw at us more rain, hail, sleet and even some snow. But the sun did peak out once or twice and I searched for a non existent rainbow.
Instead we saw this small herd of mule deer browsing on the meadows near a shrinking pool of snow melt.
We need this rain and more. The forest floor is dry. Hopefully the tentative Spring brings more moisture to Northern Arizona.
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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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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.
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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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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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No heal tapping with scarlet slippers could have transported me fast enough from South Africa to Yarnell, Arizona. Instead the journey included 27 hours of flight each way.
Red route driven, black arrows backtracking
Much more fun was all the amazing discoveries found along at least 2,500 kilometers (1550 miles) of driving around South Africa starting in Johannesburg and winding slowly to Cape Town.
Nelson Mandela “Voting Line” Rt67 Art Port Elizabeth South Africa
Travel expands my mind, and then I have to stop awhile to process. For me, that means coming home wherever that may be.
Being gone for 46 nights made me truly appreciate my own bed’s comfort. The unpacking may take a while.
Golden Gate Highlands National Park Free State South Africa
I’ll be sharing loads of stories and photos on both blogs for the next six months or more.
Elephant Kruger National Park South Africa
And in the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of a return to South Africa which someday could be my home.
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I love a good deal, and a woman can never have too much jewelry.
While out at a couple of my favorite Prescott Thrift stores I found both.
It was a day for watches.
Some people like gold. But I’m definitely a silver person.
And turquoise, the sky stone, calls to me.
I especially like the Zuni peti-point like above.
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Finally got a shot of the House finch
As you may already know, I’ve been spending inordinate amounts of time at the computer where I also watch the birds out my window.
I’m used to seeing lots of sparrows and finches, plus the cardinals flit in and out, male, female, male, female. Taking turns.
The other day I saw what looked like an immature male cardinal. Yet when I looked at the photos on the computer am now wondering if it’s not a Pyrrhuloxia, which I’ve never seen here before. Maybe a better birder than I can confirm. If it’s the later, it’s a lifer! And how do you pronounce that word?
I haven’t seen hardly any javelina around this winter until just recently during the cold snap and since. They snuffle up bird seed and tip the water bowl.
This might be “Dolly” who mostly travels solo. Javelina usually travel in herds.
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The thermometer read 35 degrees F inside the RV this morning with two small electric heaters running all night. Even with heat-tape on the water hose and the cold water dribbling all night a hot water line froze somewhere I can’t get to. It thawed by noon with a little hair dryer helper.
The dam thermometer lies while being baked in the sun around 1:30pm. 85F! How I wish.
Not even sure it’s right in the shade. Yes, I braved outside long enough to take this photo and probably didn’t give the thing long enough as it came from inside at maybe 60F.
And then there’s NOAA.
I know I’m whining. And it’s a lot colder elsewhere. In fact this seems to be a common thread for many. It’s not as cold as ice climbing in Colorado, or living in Alaska. And it’s certainly not as cold as swimming in Antarctica.
But come on, this is Arizona. My extremities get very cold. My fingers go numb even wearing gloves. Yes, I’m talking about inside.
Platboom beach Cape Peninsula South Africa
In the meantime, I dream of being south of the equator. Only 20 more days.
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