Monday, January 22
Boondock near Why in southern Arizona
Our second day here I unhitch the Best Little Trailer.
In our typical fashion, we don’t go anywhere during our first full day at a new camp. We have important things to do around home. (See photos below.)
It isn’t often that Roger lets Reggie be the tough-guy. Usually Reggie is the one “pinned.” I suspect the warm sunshine after a cold morning has put Big Rog in a lazy mood.
Reggie isn’t a very tough tough-guy.
What he is doing in these photos is giving Roger some “nibboes.” In case you aren’t familiar with the term, nibboes are pretend bites applied softly to the neck. (See illustration below.)
Nibboes are a canine gesture of affection. (What people do with them is another topic to which we will not go.)
Apparently from the expression on Rog’s face (above) and the result (below), nibboes are very relaxing.
“Well done, Reggie man!”
The above scenario plays out while I’m nearby at the outdoor kitchen. I alternate between handling the griddle spatula and pointing the camera.
Gotta’ keep the peppers from burning and gotta’ capture the crew at play.
In retrospect I see the danger in such a situation. Fortunately I didn’t aim the spatula at the crew and turn the peppers with my camera.
Tuesday, January 23
The crew and I set out in the Perfect Tow Vehicle and ride the ten miles from Why to Ajo. We don’t have any pressing need to go to town. Our larder is well-stocked and we have propane and water.
I do have a purpose in mind, however.
A person I know is thinking of relocating to Arizona and asked that I scout out the housing market in Ajo, including a few properties listed online.
The crew and I roll up and down neighborhood streets and stop at houses we find with a “for sale” sign out front. I’m surprised by how many houses are available!
Readers wonder why we left Midland LTVA (Blythe, CA) so soon.
Part of the reason, besides the house thing, is to camp in the Ajo area again, something we’ve done every year since first boondocking here, with one exception. Last winter we skipped Ajo. It’s nice to be back!
Another reason is Skeeter.
That little pup was becoming very attached to the crew.
I figured the longer we made those daily visits, the more difficult it would be for Skeeter (and, to a lesser extent, Roger and Reggie) when the inevitable separation occurred.
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Later, back at camp . . . .
The boys and I discover signs of wildlife.
Tracks and scat reveal a band of coyotes passed by our camp, probably last night. Also we come across rabbit scat. A rabbit of the cottontail type confirms this as it bounds across the road in front of us. Roger goes nuts.
We also find tracks of an animal with split hooves. During a previous camp at this location, I looked out the window of the BLT and saw a couple javelina. I’ve never seen deer or pronghorns around here, so my guess for those tracks is javelina. I’d love to get a pic!
Wednesday, January 24
Reg, Rog and I jump into the PTV and go a short distance in order to walk a different road. This is a great adventure for the boys. I enjoy a walk on a different route, too. I’m also looking for potential camps for the future.
I find two secluded sites that, although not preferred to the one we’re in now, could serve as back-up choices should we come here and find our present site occupied.
On the return to the PTV, we pause for play.
Again Reggie is the Terminator!
The recent cold winds are gone.
The boys go to bed so early last night that they wake me up for a potty break around two in the morning. I put them in their harnesses, hook on their leashes, and we step out into the balmy, night air. The sky is clear of clouds.
Stars shine brightly.
Another reason to visit southern Arizona . . . . for the sight of a saguaro reaching for a starry sky.
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