Friday, December 27
My second hike at Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Arizona is to Ten Ewe Canyon. Ann, Bill, and I decide to leave our canine crews at home. They did enough hiking yesterday.
From here Bill, Ann, and I proceed on foot. As we walk around Signal Peak, the vegetation changes. Ann and Bill help me identify desert plants with names like Mormon tea, cereus cactus, and jojoba (pronounced hohoba),
Of course, we hope to see Kofa wildlife such as bighorn sheep, kitfoxes, mule deer, and bobcats, but don’t have any luck. One is more likely to see these animals very early in the morning or right before dark. The desert tortoises are in hibernation now.
Ann and Bill have seen a bighorn sheep since camping here. It walked on a narrow ledge along the face of a cliff as if it were strolling on a boulevard.
Ann’s Native American friend told her that when she was a child she wore sandals with soles made from the beavertail.
A few times during the hike I feel a pang of concern for Bridget and Spike.
The three of us are always together, so I know it’s hard on them to be without me. As we drove away, I could hear them howling and, thinking of them, I can hear the howls again.
And, oh, what a homecoming!
I open the door to the Best Little Trailer and out fly Bridget and Spike, jumping and twirling, bursting with happiness at the sight of me. They run around me in circles, come in for drive-by kisses, scamper away, and repeat.
My two pups, how dear they are. They’re ecstatic simply because I’ve come home. They offer me no recriminations for leaving them behind, only pure and boundless joy that we’re together again.
NOTE: “RVSue and her canine crew” received its one-millionth visit today, December 28, 2013, since the first entry was posted on April 21, 2011.
Thank you for being part of that number!
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Less than four months into our vagabond life, the crew and I are surprised by New Mexico weather: