Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Yes, I'm STILL Near Flagstaff!

I've been here since the end of May! I never thought I would be staying in one place for so long. But every 2 weeks, you have to go to a different forest, so here I am back in Coconino National Forest. I'm here with my sister and some friends, parked on top of the hill in the distance.
There is lots of volcanic rock around here. If it came from the San Francisco Peaks, that's a looooong way!
We had some visitors early one morning, including 2 black bulls. MOOOOO!
There were a lot of these guys flying around.
And we heard that this was a fox hole, but no fox to be seen.
And there was a lot of Bindweed all over, a kind of Morning Glory, but known as a noxious weed.
The end of another boring post!

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Another Month in Flagstaff Forests (Yawn...)

I moved back to Kaibab National Forest, this time to a nice spot near Williams, AZ. Although I had been on a day trip to Seligman back in May, I went again to see what I had missed. I saw a lot of nice murals again.
And lots of Route 66 memories.
Especially a lot of old cars, or pieces thereof.
This one had a toilet as a flower pot on top.
I'm not sure what this is all about.
But this is my new best friend, Rusty.
And if you need to stay overnight, this motel has color TVs! Back at camp, I had a lot of hummingbirds around my feeder, but they would just fight and try to chase each other away. So I had a long talk with them, and explained that there was plenty of food for everyone...
And it worked!!!
Good night!

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Another Boring Month...

I'm still bouncing back and forth between the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests around Flagstaff. I'm not doing many activities, but one day I went to Walnut Canyon National Monument. Unfortunately, the Island Trail, which goes around the "Island" shown down in the canyon, was closed. The only way to see it was from outside the Visitor Center.
Other than that, I've just been walking around camp, taking in the local flora and fauna.
There are some beautiful flowers blooming now -
And lots of little critters.
This one was big and unusual -
And I say alot of these little "buggers."
And even some dead critters.
And when I'm done with critter pictures, I take pictures of the sunsets.
Looking the other direction.
And then on a really exciting day, I did the laundry in a laundromat that had a lot of rusty stuff! Wow!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Bouncing Between the National Forests Near Flagstaff

According to Forest Service rules, you can only stay in National Forests for 14 days. But fortunately, there are 2 National Forests around Flagstaff. So after 14 days, I moved from Coconino NF to Kaibab NR. This is a much quieter spot!

I haven't been doing much, but did go into Flagstaff again to walk around and see more of the murals.

This one was on a round building at a restaurant.

And this one was incredibly detailed!

I joined in on this one.

I've been keeping myself busy by doing lots of ukulele, trying to learn Spanish on Duolingo, and looking at pictures of my past vacations - including

The cruise of the South Pacific in 2011 -

The Ecuador and Galapagos trip in 2016 -

The Copenhagen, Norwegian Fjords, and Paris trip in 2017 -

And the London trip in 2019, among others.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

It's Been a Month Since I Last Posted!

But there hasn't been much to write about...

One day Shar and I went to downtown Flagstaff to see some of the murals.

Since Flagstaff is right on Route 66, a lot of the murals are about Route 66.

It's also called the "Road of Flight," because it was the best way to get to California during the Great Depression.

This was the most beautiful mural I saw.

Unfortunately, a bird flew in front of David right when I was taking the picture...

My sister, Barbara, was staying where I was, and we went on a couple of hikes in the area. They were mostly "through the woods" hikes, but occasionally there was a view.

The one hike ended at a little lake, where Ron picked us up.

This guy showed us the way.

Back at camp, there were a lot of these caterpillar nests in the Oak trees sprinkled among the Pinyon Pines.

I saw a butterfly I had never seen before - a California Sister.

And I have never seen as many hummingbirds at my feeder as here! And they could even share!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Quarantining Near Flagstaff

When I left off, I had moved up the hill to the forest near Flagstaff. The weather is perfect here!

One day I went on a road trip to check out part of Route 66. The first stop was the cute little town of Seligman.

There are murals all over town, representing Route 66, that goes from Chicago to Santa Monica.

This showed the distance to various points along the way.

This hotel had murals all along the front. Just gorgeous!

There was lots of old memorabilia all over town. I thought it was funny that this restaurant served "dead chicken."

I then went back towards Williams on the old Route 66. There were lots of Burma Shave signs along the way.

Williams also has some cute stuff in town.

I even got to meet Elvis!

Back at camp, we had Happy Hour each day, keeping our social distancing.