I want to tell you about a surprise I got in the middle of the night. In order to do that, we return to last Thursday night, February 8.
Reggie wakes up, jumps off the bed, and whines.
“Okay, okay,” I mumble as I throw off the covers. “Come here for your suit.”
On automatic pilot, I put him in his harness and we head for the door. A glance at the covers assures me that Roger hasn’t stirred (Roger is a deep sleeper when he wants to be.).
I clip Reggie to the tether hanging by the door and we go out.
“Whoa! What is THAT?”
The ring of orange glow in the dark wakes me up in a hurry!
Fire on the mountain!
From the ridge off Arivaca Road and also from the ridge of our new camp, we have an unobstructed view of the fire burning in the Baboquivari Mountains to the west. In the photo above, the fire rings the mountain that is south of Baboquivari Peak.
Thursday through Sunday, the fire continues to burn.
Smoke is visible during the day. (The pics aren’t that great. Smoke is tough to photograph!)
When I was packing up to leave the other camp Friday, I noticed the smoke being blown in our direction. This gave me more impetus to move our home.
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In the next photo, the darker mountain with the dip at its top, along with dark foothills and mountain beyond, are the area that burned.
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I hate to think what it would be like if the grass caught fire.
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At night the fire’s location becomes clear.
As I type this on Monday, the 12th, it appears from our vantage point that the fire is out.
I hope so because today is windy, as it was yesterday.
I use wunderground.com as my source for weather forecasts. Rain is predicted for Arivaca Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
That would be a Godsend!
Upon waking this morning I’m happy to see gray clouds over Baboquivari Peak (hidden by clouds at left side of photo).
The photo above was taken from the doorway of the Best Little Trailer. It doesn’t show how elevated we are above the valley floor. I love an elevated camp.
Yes, clouds, please bring rain!
I promised to show our new campsite.
The BLT is positioned by the fire ring (above). A mesquite tree graces our front yard. Smaller trees are scattered about.
The campsite is a very large turn-around with an island of scrubby mesquite in the middle. Standing on the blue mat one can look 180 degrees from left to right and see no evidence of human presence, except for a little dot several acres away which is a water tank for wildlife.
In fact, one can stand on the other side of the BLT, look left to right, and see no evidence of humans. It’s exhilarating to look over the valley with the mountains beyond.
And so life goes skipping along, camping at the refuge.
The crew and I continue our daily routine of walking different roads.
Except this morning our walk is postponed.
The wind is too cold for walking. The boys are content to remain curled in the warmth of the covers.
As for me, it’s hot tea time!
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