Saturday, April 21 (continued) and Sunday, April 22
Sunset at Quail Ridge RV Resort, Huachuca City, Arizona
In case you missed the previous posts . . . .
Reggie, Roger, and I are camped at Quail Ridge in order for the Perfect Tow Vehicle to have her shifting problem resolved at nearby Kelly’s Transmission. The four-day appointment begins on Monday. We will be here until next Saturday.
At first the thought of camping for over a week in an RV park gave me a powerful feeling of dread. I don’t like living in the midst of a lot of people.
To put it mildly.
We’ve been here since last Wednesday and I’m happily surprised at the pleasantness of our days and the quietude of our nights. Frequenting a shower house and being able to run the Best Little Trailer’s air conditioning are treats for me.
As for the crew, they’re thrilled with all the friends they find at Quail Ridge’s dog park.
Heck, they run into friends on the way to the dog park!
This exposure to new people and new dogs is having a positive effect on Roger.
You see, I had a plan.
Coming from the seclusion of a boondock, I was going to fit Roger with his new anti-bark collar for walking around the RV park. Surely it would be necessary in such an environment, I thought.
Being a procrastinator, I didn’t put the collar on him the first few times we strolled around the park.
I’m glad I hesitated.
It seems the socializing has made Roger less defensive! He doesn’t automatically go into a growl-snarl-bark-jump-and-pull fit of canine craziness whenever we come upon people or dogs.
He still will bark and then he greets the people and dogs without causing any more commotion.
The vibration collar remains in its box.
April must be rose season in southern Arizona.
Several of the yards (Quail Ridge leases spaces in the back section for long-term and permanent residents) display roses in bloom.
I’ve always thought that Arizona homeowners were restricted to desert type plants. Several types of flowering plants and bushes are doing well at Quail Ridge under the care (and no doubt that includes attention to watering) of the residents.
There’s something about red roses on a trellis — lovely! And, look!
Surprisingly this desert plant coexists happily among the roses.
Kind of like me in the middle of this RV park! Ha!
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Okay, more dog park pics . . . .
The place is hoppin’ today!
Roger says hello to a long-haired chihuahua.
The goldendoodle (below) is named Misty. She’s a mix of Golden Retriever and Poodle. Roger looks up at this long-legged beauty with . . . admiration? Misty is a young beauty!
Reggie, on the other hand, checks her out and figures it’s best to flip over into a pose of submission.
See those yellow roses spilling over the wooden privacy fence?
I ask one of the dog owners about them.
She tells me they’re Tombstone Roses, otherwise known as Lady Banksia Roses (Rosa banksiae). Intrigued by the bits of information she gives me, I research the roses online and discover that there is a huge “Lady Banks” rose (white variety) in Tombstone, Arizona.
The Lady Banks rose covers 5,000 square feet with blooms!
The trunk of the rose tree is 14 feet in diameter! Not circumference — DIAMETER.
Every year in April the town of Tombstone holds a Rose Festival. The Rose Museum is a popular tourist attraction, along with the Old West saloons and gunfight reenactments.
I encourage you to follow this link to read the interesting family history behind the Tombstone Rose and to see “the world’s largest rose tree” in bloom.
If it weren’t for the dang transmission situation, I’d drive over there to take my own photos.
Oh well, another time . . . .
Quail Ridge has several Tombstone Roses providing a privacy screen around its perimeter. I read somewhere that the rose is capable of growing 50 feet tall as it creates a dense hedge.
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I have scads of dog park photos!
I’ll close with a few more. I can’t help it.
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Roses in bloom and dogs at play
It doesn’t get any better than that!
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