Wildlife around camp

Sunday, January 25

I wander among the creosote bushes near our camp, eating an apple.  Bridget sits on the blue outdoor mat, ever vigilant for my return.  A curious chipmunk lives in tunnels here.  Periodically he comes out and sits on his haunches, tail twitching, to survey our camp.  Sometimes he scurries up the driveway for a closer, brief look.

I toss the apple core toward the entrance of the chipmunk’s home.

Enjoy a treat, little one . . . .

Later, at dusk, Bridget and I are in the Best Little Trailer.

I sit at the table under the back window, laptop open before me.  Bridget is stretched out on the bed beside me, eyes open and staring, while she contemplates heaven-knows-what.

Oh my gosh!  A coyote!

Standing about forty feet from the window, he’s a handsome, well-formed creature with a  healthy, tawny  coat lightly dusted with black.

His jaws are moving.

Hmm . . .  He’s chewing something.  Oh, the apple core!

Quickly I grab the camera, remove the lens cap, and set it on “through glass.”  By this time the coyote has moved slightly and is now concealed by a creosote bush.

I’ll have to go outside for a better angle.

The darn screen door sticks before letting loose with a loud screech.  The coyote darts and trots away, then stops and glances back before dropping into the wash and disappearing from view.

Another photo opportunity missed!  Oh well, at least he didn’t eat our chipmunk friend.

Shortly thereafter another Arizona sunset paints the sky.

1-P1020319 It’s hard to believe that I haven’t fallen into a cholla cactus by now, what with the way I run around in the dark with my camera, eyes on the spectacular sky.

1-P1020314The clouds gather in preparation for the rain that’s in the forecast for tomorrow.

1-P1020313Our days here at our peaceful camp in the Sonoran Desert are coming to a close.  Soon Bridget and I will move to a new camp.

1-P1020323Bridget waits in the doorway of the BLT.

“I’ll be just a minute, Punkin.  Let me take one more around the back.”

1-P1020324Monday, January 26

Rain, rain, rain.  Bridget and I are comfortable inside the BLT, while the rain drums on the roof and droplets slide down the window glass.  Clouds cling to the mountains.

I read my Paperwhite:  The Oregon Trail:  Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life by Francis Parkman.  I also study my Arizona Benchmark Atlas and research possible boondocks online.

We’re inside all day except for a few potty runs for Bridget during pauses in the rainfall.

Tuesday, January 27

I intended to break camp today due to reaching the 14-day limit for camping.  Instead I’m extending our stay another day or two in order to visit Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  Yesterday’s rain delayed that little excursion.

After an early morning of overcast sky, the clouds part, revealing patches of blue sky.

“Looks like we can go today, Bridge!”

Next post:  Our drive on the Ajo Mountains Road through Organ Pipe.

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86 Responses to Wildlife around camp

  1. AnnM says:

    beautiful pictures! Thank you, RVSue. Enjoy your “time off”

    Ann M

  2. AnnM says:

    Yay! Number one! Course I had just checked your site (old post)and then got an email notifying me of the new post. Lucky break!

    Thanks for letting all of us follow along!

    AnnM

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      If Sue is going to take some well earned time away from comments it seems a shame for no one to chime in and give you a congrats on being number one AnnM. So…….congratulations.

      • AnnM says:

        Thank you! It is a fun thing to do and the first time I’ve ever been first. I just love this blog and the people on it. I just don’t comment much, but I have been following RVSue since before she started traveling. Strong person, our RVSue!

  3. george, nc says:

    hi sue
    enjoy organ pipes

  4. Applegirl NY says:

    Those pictures are so unbelievably beautiful. Can’t wait to hear about your trip to Organ Pipe National Park.

    We’re shoveling out. Didn’t get as much as they said, and it’s nice and light weight. Hopefully the wind won’t blow it all around.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Glad to hear you are ok!! We have friends in NY and they got no snow, though it was expected. Oh well…that is a nice surprise.

  5. Shirlene says:

    Beautiful sunsets again…travel safe my friend.

  6. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    So so so pretty!

    Can’t wait for the next installment of the ‘Adventures of RV Sue and Her Trusty Sidekick Bridget!’

    Hugs from Hoquiam
    Barb

  7. JIM PETERSON says:

    ==========
    Maybe this is a good time to ask? Do you keep your blog on a paid server? Instead of something free like wordpress? [Whoops — I just noticed you’re on WordPress — do they have free *and* paid options?] We’re gearing up to start our new blog and just wondering which is the best way to go. Thanks for your help and wish I was there — nine months to go effective today (smiles).
    JIM ~ BOISE, IDAHO
    ==========

    • edlfrey says:

      I’ll answer for Sue since she is taking a break right now.

      This blog rvsueandcrew.net is powered by a paid WordPress at HostGator.

      Her first blog was rvsueandcrew.com which was the free WordPress.

      I think she would recommend starting with the free as part of her “Living on less” philosophy. I’m not sure of this but I think she moved to the paid because her blog success could not be supported by the free any longer.

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        And something to do with not being able to pursue a commercial endeavor (Amazon) on a free site.

  8. Captain K (UT) says:

    As always, beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!

    • Libby Nester says:

      Awesome video! I love surfing and skateboarding dogs!

    • JazzLoverWMa says:

      Mick,

      Too cool, first a dancing granny, previous post, now swinging snow/water boarding English Bull dog with the Beach Boys. NeatO! Thanks

      JazzLover

  9. Sheila says:

    Gorgeous sunset pictures once again, Sue!

  10. Bill&Ann says:

    Amazingly beautiful sunset.

  11. Kellee says:

    WOW! those are amazing photos. Such beautiful colors. Stay away from the chollas!

  12. weather says:

    Love your use of sunset illustrating the “Our days here at our peaceful camp in the Sonoran Desert are coming to a close” theme of this post-absolutely beautiful Sue.You manage to vary the pace or length each new one,yet tell it’s story as well every time.I could feel the change from your opening “I wander…” as each scene began to include more hastening of some sort-to your final “Gotta run now-Excuse me,I cannot brook interruption now,I’m on a mission!”

    May every cactus and thorn make way for you while you chase beauty and a new camp,happy hunting -I’ll be thinking of you with each sandwich carried into my own explorations.Hugs to Bridget,and you… 🙂

  13. Marie says:

    Sue….If you are Ok with it. Could you post some Spike soaking pictures. I really miss them. thanks Your comment about the Coyote not getting the Chipmunk is sooooo you, you think of those things. I like that.

    • weather says:

      Hi Marie,if you want to see some of those photos for now ,try this-on the right side above is the “to search blog” box.We can find older posts by typing key words in there then clicking on the word”search” that’s beside it.

      try From Red Rock to Green Grass,later try East Park Reservoir,then Camped in the aspens -each post you’ll see has a soak in it!.Hope seeing those make you smile.As it’s only been five months since Spike left for doggie heaven,I think looking through her archives for the pictures you asked for,well, might not make Sue smile as much yet.

      So I hope you do get to see them, though it takes us a bit more “legwork” to do it this way,it’s worth it for us all 🙂 let me know if you’d like more titles because they’re hard for you to find,I’d be happy to help.

      • Cat Lady in Baton Rouge says:

        “it’s only been five months”…but it feels like a lot longer, doesn’t it? Funny how you can love a little animal without ever meeting it. The wound is still too raw.
        Cat Lady

        • weather says:

          sigh…agreed.Where others saw five months- my own walk out of that valley was a day recuperating from what the prior one had felt like,repeated one hundred and fifty times.I wouldn’t trade a moment of my life for anything different,am miraculously happy,and know there is a right season for everything.Today’s pictures ,and tomorrow’s hold more than enough beauty for now

  14. DebsJourney says:

    Hi Sue,
    What beautiful photo’s and such a lovely mood we are left with.
    Looking forward to your next camp.
    I’m camping this weekend starting Thursday and looking forward to setting up and tearing down everything on my own. I think I can… I know I can….

    • Libby Nester says:

      Deb,
      You will do okay fine. RVSue is such an inspiration.
      Libby

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Deb,
      Hope you will let us know how it went…you are a brave woman!!

    • Laurie in NC says:

      Deb,
      Have fun and let us know about your trip! I am very interested because I want to learn how to do everything from pulling the camper to the complete setup. My husband drives and does most of the outdoor setup, but it’s time I learned to do it all!

    • Krystina at Wellton, AZ says:

      Of course you can Deb! Just say “Of course I can do this” over and over again. I have to do that all the time out here (back issues which has turned into “I really don’t feel like doing that because it’s gonna hurt”) I’ll be thinking of you girl!

      Krystina

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Have fun, Deb! You CAN do it, girl!! 🙂

  15. Timber n' me says:

    Ruff, ,,,, Ruff ,,,,,,AHEEEEE , AH EEEEEE, goes Willey Coyote; umm good apple core. Great sunsets ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Timber

  16. Biz Crate says:

    Coyote posts always catch my eye. I often hear/read rumors about them snatching up little dogs altough I do not recall reading of first hand experience or near misses on any of the blogs I follow. I don’t recall Sue mentioning any coyote scares thatnk goodness!
    Coyotes concern me as I have 2 dog crew who are sitting the bench waiting for my first foray into full-timing next year. One is chihuahua mix of about 7lbs and the other is a minature poodle who comes in at 15lbs. I am open to advice on campground selection, petcare or whatever when it comes to protecting my crew.
    I imagine the best advice would be similar to that given to women living in urban areas: Don’t go out walking after dark and be aware of your surroundings!
    Any other advice that you dog owners can provide me about ‘yotes and dear pets?

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Oh dear! Reading along….and then I had to gulp!

      Best advice is to not leave them unattended period! Coyotes depending on the availability of food WILL take a cat or a small dog! But so will a hawk!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      We lived very remote for a time, with 2 dogs…one a small mixed part Chihuahua…but she was very uncanny…would not leave the house unless the coast was clear outside. We had a fence, but it was not all that tall…I am fairly certain a coyote could have jumped it if so desired. We had GOBS of coyotes around…would hear them singing most nights. I have heard that coyotes often get dogs by luring them off a ways from the humans. Just a few days ago came across an article online that said now that wolves are being repopulated purposely, one strange thing happening is that there are some mating with coyotes, producing a larger coyote…with some different characteristics as to how it acts, etc. Maybe others here with experience living like Sue does can give you advice…

    • Velda says:

      My #1 rule is never leave your animal
      Alone outdoors day or night most particularly while boondocking. A leash tied to a bumper will not prevent a hungry coyote from snacking. And simply be more aware of your surroundings.

    • Biz Crate (40m from Chicago) says:

      Thank you, friends!
      It comes down to being aware not getting too relaxed (read: lazy) about the whereabouts and antics of little furry family members; at least that is what I am reading in your responses. I don’t intend to let the coyotes scare me. They are all a part of the natural world that I am trying to live more closely with!

      Someone asked to include location along with signature. I’ll try to remember this in furture comments as I think it’s a nice touch, too!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        I don’t think we feared the coyotes…but I must admit when they all began singing pretty much all around us….it does tend to make the hairs on your neck go up!! 😉

    • Pamela K. says:

      On walks with our Golden I do NOT take any treats or foods that are not in a thermos food jar with a tight lid. Most of the time I only take water enough for that walk. I do always take a long phillips head screwdriver w/ a few screws and bolts…ah to explain the screwdriver if asked 😉 And an extra dog leash if a rope is needed. They are my tools of choice for whatever should be lurking while exploring the wilds. Some folks would shout at me for even thinking of using such tools if need be. BUT I try to be careful without going overboard about it, they are better than nothing. Well my items might sound odd but that’s what I take with me when I walk my dog in the wild.
      Bear Spray if in Bear Country is always a MUST.

    • Cynthia says:

      We live in a suburban area next to canyons and hillsides and have tons of coyotes. I hear them at night and see them if I walk my dogs early in the morning or after dusk. I have a little 12 pound mutt and an 85 pound pit bull, so they steer clear of us. But my daughter-in-law, who lives just a mile away, saw a coyote dart out of some bushes and snatch a small dog right off the end of one of those “extendo” leashes. She could hear the little dog crying as the coyote carried it away. We have neighbors who have lost small dogs from their back yards when coyotes jumped the 6 foot fence. My vet says not to use the extendo leashes because he sees lots of injuries and/or deaths from coyotes attacking dogs on the end of those leashes. I’d say be cautious and aware and don’t leave small dogs unattended for even a moment.

  17. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Gorgeous!

    What neat life you live!

    I’m calling the ranger! Hahh hhahhhhhhhhh! Have a great time at Organ Pipe! Don’t forget the memory stick! Although Mick says your camera has some memory!

    Hey peeps…don’t forget to include your location after your name. It’s neat to see where everyone is “stopping in” from.

    Yo Denise….how are things on the coast?

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Snow started last night, and I ended up with 2+” over ice…just enough to make roads treacherous….accidents all over the place this morning, and schools closed. Even a big, heavy VDOT truck lost control when his load of salt shifted and flipped into trees. Thankfully, he was able to walk away from the wreck. It warmed up to 35, and most of the snow melted. Tomorrow morning will bring patches of black ice. We were supposed to get a whammy of a storm Super Bowl Sunday into Monday…now they are just calling for heavy rain. All subject to change, of course!

      How much snow did you all get? I thought about you and Weather, and all of the other blogorinos that are in the path of the blizzard. Keep warm and stay safe! 🙂

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Ice is no fun! Coming back from Syracuse we saw a convoy of snowplows headed east!

        We got zilch! Shhhhh don’t tell Mother Nature that! She’s already pissed about something!

        It is absolutely freezing…-20 right now and the wind is whipping!

        The ferals all have frost on their faces…..they are in their coolers but their exhale freezes! Poor babies! 🙁

        We feed them extra protein during the winter to help them stay warm….but we still feel for them.

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Wow – missed the bullet on that on, huh?!

          Poor babies….I wonder if they would accept you rigging up a heat lamp…the kind that some folks use for outdoor dog houses. They are lucky to have you all looking after them!

          N’nite!

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            ..bullet on that ONE….

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            As long as they stay in their coolers they are toasty! They have acclimated to the winter. Ie thick coats…I’m tempted to go get a mr buddy heater but then they will be like us and freeze when they go out of their insulated house.

            They are fine…

  18. Libby Nester says:

    Sue,
    Awe the Coyote. You express your adventures so well, I could actually hear the screen door screech. I’ll bet the Coyote said what in the world was that noise.
    Take care,
    Libby

  19. Hi Sue,

    Those sunset pictures are just amazing! I’ve been seeing them for myself for awhile now too, since I’ve been out here in the desert and I’m just awed by them over and over again. I take pictures too, but with my iPhone and iPad and they just don’t pick up the colors like a ‘real’ camera.

    Awhile back you mentioned that when you went to a recent boon docking place, you opened a gate to get to it. I’ve been wondering ever since what made you know it was ok to go into a gated place? Is public land gated very often?

    I just arrived in Ajo today and I’m at an RV park. I find that I like to go to an RV park when I come to a new area while I scout around for boon docking sites, mostly so I won’t be towing if I get into a tight spot, so I feel freer to explore more. I will not look for you Sue! I don’t want to disturb you. In fact if I see another Casita I will probably run in the other direction! 🙂 (Now I’m being silly). Actually I’m thinking more along the lines of Darby Wells Road, but I haven’t seen it yet. Tomorrow the dogs and I go exploring.

    As of now there is more rain being predicted for the area for Friday and Saturday.

    • Oops, I missed the part about you taking a break Sue. I will ask my question again another day.

      • edlfrey says:

        Mickey,

        I’ll answer for Sue since she is on vacation. The question was asked before:
        January 13, 2015 at 8:43 pm – AZ Jim says:
        Nice spot you landed in, did help pick it out?
        January 13, 2015 at 8:51 pm – rvsueandcrew says:
        Hi, Jim,
        About this spot… Friends gave me a tip on the road…

        She also uses her Benchmark Maps.

        PS Click on my name above to see my web site and current location. I accept visitors if you are so inclined. Enjoy Ajo!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Okay, I’m making an exception for you, Micky….

        The Darby Well Road area may not work for you since several sites are no longer accessible due to a fence having been erected, also an influx of folks involved in the upcoming Fiddlers Festival.

        An alternative dispersed camping spot is south of Why on Route 85. You’ll cross a bridge over a wash and you’ll see RVs in the desert on the righthand side, across from a picnic area. Turn right. There is a big place to park your rig there if you’d like to walk the lane first.

        This would be a good place to camp if you plan on visiting Organ Pipe (unless you want to camp in the campground near the Visitor Center). I can’t remember what rig you have. If you have a Class C without a toad, I advise not driving the Ajo Mtn Rd. loop in Organ Pipe.

        Re: gates. This is one of those situations where a Benchmark Atlas (or other atlas that shows public lands) is essential. If you see a lane going off into an area that is shown in your atlas to be public land (BLM, NF, etc) and there is a gate, you can go through that gate unless a sign is posted saying you can’t.

        Often you’ll see a sign that says “Close gate.” If you are told to close a gate, that means you can open it, right? If it’s public land . . . . The gates are often there to keep cattle from straying. Ranchers lease public land for their cattle.

        Being able to camp there will be further confirmed by the presence of established campsites (fire rings).

        • Thanks so much for your reply Sue. And you are exactly right, I didn’t feel like Darby Wells would work for me, and I had gone on to the other place you mention here and thought that I would like that better. I may head out there next week.
          I have a Casita too Sue, a 2011 Freedom Deluxe. I’m the one that removed one of the chairs to make it easier traveling with my two Goldens.

          I also have the Benchmark maps. Will have to study gates more carefully!

    • Krystina at Wellton, AZ says:

      Hey Micky! Would love to see you and the kids. I am in Tier Drop RV Park in Wellton, AZ.

    • AlanOutandAbout says:

      Mickey, Out in the BLM lands there are pieces of private lands. These are ranches that got grand fathered in. You can see them on the maps as little white areas within the public lands. The rule is you can open and close the gates and travel thru the private part, but you are not supposed to stop or get out of your vehicle in the private lands. These usually only encompass the ranch house and such as they ranch on the public lands.

  20. DesertGinger says:

    I’m home from hospital! Just sitting here, getting used to being home again. And eating some actual food! Since I’ve been home I’ve had 2 mozzarella cheese sticks, some steamed veggies, and a cookie! I was bad. Oh, and half a peach.

    They delivered my portable oxygen, and I go to work tomorrow. yay! Maybe I can get my life going on a normal track finally! Don’t know what I have to do to get my lungs to work right, but I’ll focus on that next.

    Chloe seems pretty good but I’m worried about her eye she had infection in last year. Need to save up for a vet visit.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Welcome home, DesertGinger! Have a great first day of work! Whoo-Hoo! 🙂

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Yay!

      Did they give you one of those contraptions that you hold the balls up as you breath in?

      You can rinse Chloe eyes with saline. Just don’t let it run from one eye to the other.

      Glad you are home!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Glad you are home and doing as well as you can, Ginger!! Sure hope your day at work will go well too!!

    • cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

      We’re so glad that you’ve made it home, and can eat real food again!
      Give your pup a squeeze….

    • Krystina at Wellton, AZ says:

      So happy to hear you are home again with Chloe. So you are good enough to go to work….wonderful. Work on those lungs so you can give up the oxygen and get back to your life.

      Krystina

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Glad you’re back home. Onward and Upward!

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      So happy to hear that you and Chloe are together again and back where you belong. I know what you mean about the eye infection. Dexter has had them twice, even the 2nd time it was $200 for the visit just so they could prescribe the same ointment they gave us last time.
      Thinking of you both, good luck at work.

  21. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Beautiful photos! Reminds me of my youth in New Mexico. Nothing like desert sunsets.
    I will make a comment about the coyote..for Biz Crate. It has been my experience in rural California, and yes we have coyotes!…if there is no food at a particular place they move on. I think Sue made a good observation, if she put out seed and things for birds, it attracted rodents..and rodents attracted coyotes..so she stopped putting out bird feed.
    Our property is all fenced with six foot chain link so we have never had Coyotes come here..we have observed them going down the road in front of our property…
    We do keep chickens but the fence protects them, but when we camp, my small Silky Terriers are on leash when outside.
    It is good to be concerned, all the coyote is looking for is a meal…can’t really blame it I suppose, but it will,have to work hard to make a meal of my pups!
    Are you new here? If so, hello!

  22. PookieBoy says:

    again, great writing and great pictures….keep up the good work, Sue….

  23. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Love the beautiful sunset pictures! Thank you for sharing them with us!

    Well, it was just a matter of time before Wiley Coyote stopped by for a visit…after all, his nemesis Roadrunner had been visiting you and Bridget a couple posts ago. 🙂

    Enjoy your break and your visit to Organ Pipe. Hugs to you and Bridget from me and Gracie pup. N’nite. 🙂

  24. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    Coyotes will try to get close to your dog on a leash. They are like greased lightening and can grab your little doggie and be gone before you can say Jack Robinson. So keep that loop around your wrist and don’t have a long leash. A cowboy friend of mine recently lost his dog to a Coyote. When they get hungry they will over come their fear of humans and come in close. I met a lady that was taking her little dog for a walk in the suburbs of Portland OR and had to lift her dog up over her head and walk backwards as 3 coyotes had her surrounded. They must have been really hungry. Down close to the Mexico-USA border there are still a few Mexican Black Wolves. They are smaller than the wolves up here in the north. Biologists are scratching there heads as Wolves are now mating with Coyotes. I use a metal detector and have called in Wolves and Coyotes with the sounds my machine makes. It sometimes sounds like the cry of a wounded rabbit. Coyotes live in small families while Wolves can run in a pack of many. They both have their place in the wilds.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      My daughter with her master’s in biology asked me if I thought these hybrid wolf/coyotes could then produce offspring…I was of the opinion maybe…but I guess it depends on how different they are DNA-wise….usually a mule cannot reproduce right? But maybe a wolf and a coyote are fairly similar? I suppose in time we will know eh?

      Wow the lady in Portland was fortunate, if they were hungry enough to bother her and her dog together… We never messed about outside when we lived among the coyotes, after dark…just figured they could have all the land they wanted and we would let them be. Our place was WELL lit….and we watched when the dogs went outside to poo too…but they, esp. the little one, seemed to know when to not go outside. There were times when the bald eagles were resting on top of the house on their migration path too…poor little dog almost never went outside until they went on!!

  25. Ranger says:

    Hello,
    I’m a relative new reader of RVSue’s blog, which I really enjoy. I respect the quiet, content life she writes about… I’m just wondering if she has ever written about “food”, what she eats on the “extended stays”.

    Very close to my new life and trying to plan the “food”. I’m gluten free -re medical and organic – (as much as possible).
    Sincerely,
    Ranger

    • DesertGinger says:

      What Sue writes about eating mainly is steamed fresh veggies. I think she makes a meal out of a plate of veggies often. She also eats chicken sometimes. She likes ice cream but avoids it. Likewise cheese.

      • Ranger says:

        DesertGinger,
        Thank you for your response and info. I’m new at all the RV stuff, but I know how to “cook simple meals”.

        Currently in “a rush to find a tow vehicle” to pick up my Casita’ SD 17′ in TX and leave PA cold and snow.
        Sincerely and thanks again for your response!
        Ranger
        PS: Am I odd to buy an RV before I have the tow vehicle? – lol! Came very close to buying a Chevy Cargo van but found out they had the wrong engine listed…

  26. Mary says:

    Sorry did not get back with you. I forgot too mention that medicare and UHC both covered everything with my operation. The only hurt I suffered was I got MURSA infection two weeks after from the operation and almost died was in the hospital for two weeks did not cost me a dime.
    Check with you insurance people first for more info, as there are different polices.

  27. Laurie in NC says:

    Sue,
    Love the sunset pictures! I can just imagine sitting and watching nature’s show! Definitely on my “bucket list” when we finally make a trip out west!

  28. I woke up to a dog barking about 2:30 this morning. A strange sound in our temporary apartment. Then the bark turned to a howl – a coyote howl that sounded like it was just across the street. This morning while dropping Bill off at work there was a huge raccoon crossing the intersection in Burbank. While we’re waiting to get out there and “commune” with the wildlife, it seems some are making their way to the city to check us out 🙂

    • Rattlesnake Joe says:

      Animals are loosing their habitat and lack of food brings them into the suburbs and cities looking for something to eat. Willie E. Coyote is one of the animals that has adapted so well to civilization that you can find them anywhere now. Even living in L.A. and eating out of garbage cans and turning the Dog Catcher into the Maytag repair man ha. One day when Mother Earth stops turning on her axis and man is no longer here…there the Coyote will be watching…waiting patiently 🙂

  29. Good Morning Sue and all blogorinos. This morning I thought maybe I had been transported to Arizona…the sunrise was soooo beautiful. It was so pink and stretched across the sky to the mountains and made them pink, then turned to that beautiful orange before fading to light orange…We have really been getting a show at the coast lately, beautiful amazing sunrises and sunsets. I wish everyone beautiful sunrises and sunsets in their lives…East Coast hang on, 3 more storms coming your way…sorry. I pray everyone stay safe.

  30. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    The US Government can manipulate the weather now days with modern technology. In Alaska there is an area of acres of antennas. It is called Project HAARP on the other side of the world in Aussie land there is a duplicate area that is part of HAARP. Try Google and see what they are up to. High Altitude Aerial Research Project is the name and it sort of gives me the creeps. Are we supposed to be doing this sort of thing???

  31. Cynthia says:

    I had such a good laugh at the mental picture of you head over heels in a cholla cactus! But who would take the photo of such a sight? Maybe you need to start teaching Bridget to work the camera 🙂

  32. AlanOutandAbout says:

    Coyote have nearly no fear of people. They don’t usually bother them but they don’t fear them. Their territory has expanded to include just about everywhere. Raccoons have become the uber animal in cities. Their intelligence seems to be growing in leaps and bounds. I saw a study on PBS of raccoons in Montreal that was amazing. It seems each raccoon has a territory of about 3 blocks and they never go into parks as there isn’t any food there. If you have the opportunity to see it do so.

    Be careful, Cholla are known to attack passer byes if they get to close. They are vicious creatures that live to torment others. But the worst is the Teddy Bear Cholla their spines are like no other. See this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmhkl27I4pw

    • edlfrey says:

      Cylindropuntia fulgida, the jumping cholla, also known as the hanging chain cholla have tubercles, the spine-bearing areoles, whereas the Cylindropuntia bigelovii, teddy bear do not. The spines of both cholla are barbed and equally painful. Both cholla have jointed segments of the stem that fall off or are detached by the slightest touch i.e. they jump on you.

      Yes, do be careful when around cholla but to say that they live live to torment others is like saying that porcupines attack. I won’t get into the porcupine ‘throwing their quills’ discussion at this time but it built upon the same idea that the cholla ‘jump on you’.

  33. Bill&Ann-North Carolina says:

    We made it to Alligator River NWR where we are hosting for three months. Our camp pod is hot wired to keep the bears out. In the past we have had coyotes come right up to our house after our dogs. Eagles and owls also. In Oregon, where we live, Eagles have been known to take small dogs out of a pickup truck. Our Doxie likes to ride on the front of our kayak. One day we noticed an eagle coming down closer and closer to our kayaks. We quickly put the dogs into the cockpit area of the kayak. Thank heavens the eagle left. Pretty spooky.

  34. Nan & John says:

    Sue, you probably know this, but I will remind you since Bridgett sat in the doorway. A coyote will not hesitate to enter your rig and grab your sweet little girl. Would hate to see you heartbroken again.

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