Foto Friday Fun 82

 Posted by on October 24, 2014  Foto Friday Fun
Oct 242014

This week’s Foto Friday Fun features 7 images chosen by readers from my photo archives.  Low numbers brought up some oldies and wonderful memories.  Our meme number for this week is 13.  Please join in by digging into your archives and sharing a story.  And check out the other posts linked to the Foto Friday Fun meme.

Gaelyn & Sierra the Cougar  California Living Museum Bakersfield California June 1989Jonker chose #13, “Always been my favorite number.”  This has always been my favorite photo from 1989 when I was a volunteer animal keeper at the California Living Museum in Bakersfield, California.  Although a humbling experience working closely with wildlife I felt their pain every day.  Sierra was heavily imprinted on humans as she’d been raised as a pet but her humans couldn’t keep her and she would never see the wilds again.

Derek hoop dancing Heritage Days North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaDiane chose #5551 which shows International Hoop Dance champion Derek Suwaima-Davis performing at Native American Heritage Days at the North Rim Grand Canyon National Park.  His stamina and skill is absolutely mesmerizing to watch.  Let’s face it, just walking 5 minutes at 8250 feet wears a lot of folks out.

Bain's Kloof R301 South AfricaYogi chose #3555, “because I ran a three mile race last night and finished in 35 minutes 55 seconds.”  He should be glad the race wasn’t over the 1922 foot summit of Bain’s Kloff with a 1463 foot gain in elevation over 6 miles on this highway I drove in South Africa.  The way he stops every minute to take photos it might have taken 35 years.  This was just one of many gorgeous mountain drives I took.

Western Redbud North Kaibab Trail Roaring Springs Canyon Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaSherry chose #55 which takes us back to 2008, the first time I hiked rim to rim at Grand Canyon.  I joined fellow Rangers before the North Rim opened in early May with temperature at the rim 37F.  Yet once in the canyon the temperatures rapidly rose and I saw many Western Redbuds in bloom.

Up stream from Navajo Bridge Echo Cliffs & Colorado River Marble Canyon ArizonaElaine chose #1206 with a view up stream of the Colorado River flowing through Marble Canyon.  I love being able to walk onto the old Navajo Bridge and look down into the river as well as scan the area for California Condors who frequently roost nearby.

Chalet Oregon Caves National Monument OregonBibi chose #11, “the number of friends I’ll be meeting up with in Aix-en-Provence.”  Sure hope she doesn’t run into any of this white stuff in France.  Heavy snowfall occurred at Oregon Caves while I was a winter volunteer there back in 2003.  Learned to use snow shoes and discovered some leg muscles I didn’t know about.

Metal Sculpture Bagdad ArizonaSallie chose #37, “that’s how many more days we have in Oregon this time if I counted right.”  Count these two in if you visit Bagdad, Arizona “The best copper town anywhere” erected as a memorial to the men and women who work in the mines.  Unfortunately, other than a pretty desert drive, there’s no other reason to visit the company owned town of Bagdad.

Fall oak & canyon North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaNever fear, you’ll be seeing Grand Canyon photos even thought I’m somewhere else because I’ve taken 1000s of them.  My choice this week taken two days before I left with the golden Gambel Oaks at the edge of Transept Canyon in my summer backyard.

Partial solar eclipse Prescott ArizonaAnd an extra shot of yesterday’s partial solar eclipse.

Please share your own #13 photo and story by adding your link below and linking back to Foto Friday Fun 82.  You can also leave a number between 01 and 9990 in a comment for next week’s Foto Friday Fun.  First commenter will chose next week’s photo index number.

Do you have a favorite from this week?

Capturing the present for future memories of the past

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Sunset & last light on temples from Lodge North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaJust before the sun disappears last rays shine on the Deva, Brahma and Zoroaster temples.  Clouds mimic the golden glow.

Sunset over South Rim, San Francisco Peaks & Red Butte from Lodge North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaOn closer inspection soft clouds blanket the San Francisco Peaks.  Canyon walls replicate the colors.

Does the cloud colors copy the canyon or does the canyon colors copy the clouds?

To view more skies from around the world, or share your own, visit Sky Watch Friday.

Packing it in at the North Rim

 Posted by on October 20, 2014  RV lifestyle
Oct 202014

RV at North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaThat’s it, I’m packing it in at the North Rim and today I roll the 5th-wheel off the Kaibab Plateau.  There’s always a certain amount of packing and tossing things out after sitting in one place for almost six months.  I really tried not to collect this summer, at least not big items.

RV basement North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaSo why is the basement so full?  Oh yea, it’s empty boxes to pack things in.  Besides it’s just as against the rules to throw away a techie box as to tear the tag off your mattress.  Bet you didn’t know my RV has a basement, well unless you do know.

Stuff to pack North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaYet it really only takes a couple hours to pack.  I mean, I’m still living in the RV so daily used items can’t really be put away until just before the slides come in and I hook up to go.  I’ll take three leisurely days from my last day of work.  Then drive as far as Flagstaff for a night before completing the move back to Yarnell.  Don’t like to tow the 370 miles in just one day which puts me in late.  Much easier to set up in daylight.

Packing list for RV North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaI’m a list maker partially OCD, ageing memory, and just plain don’t want to forget anything.  It’s not fun when a gallon of milk jumps off the shelf onto the floor because the refrigerator door wasn’t latched.  Or in my case duct taped shut in many directions because it’s a household fridge without a cool gadget to latch it shut like the RV versions.

No skid North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaReally only two small boxes of ‘stuff’, plus PC, put strips of no-skid between the dishes, stuff glasses in old (clean) socks Winking smile, and a little rearranging of the furniture.

Leaves & pine needles on slide North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

View from the RV roof North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaSweeping pine needles off the top of the slides is also a good time to see how the roof looks and enjoy the up high view.  Plus remove the Wilson booster antennae which didn’t help my phone or internet signal a bit.

Little freezer under 5th-wheel North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaHardest thing to do is round up a few Rangers to help me load the little freezer in the back of the truck.  Been eating it down the last couple of weeks so it will fit in the inside freezer.

Last thing unhook sewer pipe which stays behind for next year, water hose and electric.  Trust me you don’t want to see a photo of that.

RV at North Rim Grand Canyon National Park ArizonaI could put off packing forever, especially in a setting like this.  But it’s time to move on.

So what’s up for my winter?  Other than a quick trip to the Pacific Northwest at the end of the month, I don’t know.  But I’m open to possibilities.