The greatly anticipated arrival of the Padulas was here
On the way home (Sophie riding with me), something on the edge of the road caught my eye. I stopped and backed up, only to find myself nearly eye to eye with a Snowy Owl. The large bird acted as though it were injured, as it sat staring at me from the strangest position.
As I write this passage, Bill is beginning to "pull" the Bar B Que chicken (16 breasts) that he and I spent the early morning hours assembling and setting to simmer. The house is now filled with the aroma of the blended sauces. Rich BBQ flavors in the air. Yet, the "volunteer" potluck it is to be served at, remains a distant 4 hours away. We have invited the Padulas to join us, and it promises to be a fun beginning to our final 3 week countdown here at Curecanti NRA, before we head back up the dusty trail to our beloved fam and peeps :-)
The scent of the BBQ was apparently making more than just Bill and I crazy...Bill and Rachel, our Ranger friends who make their way up here to see us about once/twice a week, had a rare and exciting encounter about a mile from the entrance to our campground on Soap Creek Road. A large black bear ambled down
the slope along the edge of the road, and crossed directly in front of their vehicle. They were thrilled they were able to have this experience it reminded me of the time, a year ago, that Bill and I chanced upon the same thing while en-route to meet up with James at his hunting grounds in the mountains near Dillon. I remember how thrilled we were, AND, that I was able to get a picture.
|That said, we were able to capture the "young" Golden Eagle that frequents the Ponderosa Pine near the Dam.|
THEN the next day, while on the Morrow Point Boat Tour with the Padulas, the resident Bald Eagle, often seen flying high over the reservoir during boat tours, was spotted by Joey, taking a respite. It made for a great photo op!
Friday: Padulas left this AM and we decided to take it quiet and restful today. Not that the Padulas wore us out, not by any means, but I has been busy over the last 3 weeks for us overall, and we decided some downtime was in order.
So, after walking our morning rounds (2 hours, 3.5 miles, 800 foot elevation change), in the name of health and exercise, the balance of the day was spent in.....me: working on the picture files and....Bill: working on his new painting. To work on the painting, Bill takes his portable easel down over the edge of the bluff overlooking the canyon and settles in about 150 feet down, amongst the Scrub Oak and Pine.
One of our campers reported seeing a Bobcat slightly less than 1 mile from our campsite today. He reports it was stalking a small deer. I wonder if the dogs would alert on an animal like that?
And, in other animal sightings, I FINALLY saw my 1st Sage Grouse in the field yesterday :-) They are VERY shy.
AND, before I forget, The Bar B Que chicken was a HUGE success at the volunteer picnic! Our "boss" also gifted us with nice "volunteer" sweatshirts and neat, ventilated, wide brim Savannah hats! We had seen these hats earlier in the summer and asked if we could buy a couple of them. Jude kept putting us off, saying "Oh, I forgot to check into that". The whole time he had them on order AND kept a straight face about it :-)
Jude, BTW, is also a volunteer and hails from the state of Kentucky, where he still maintains a home. He spends his limited free time sightseeing in his "Bambi", a petite (18 foot) Airstream, and his dogs.
The exciting week would not be complete without a trip into town ( 75 miles round trip). Well worth it this time, as we were able to experience a bit of Heaven on Earth.
Our final 2 weeks here will pass very quickly, and we are making preparation
Our biggest regret is that we will miss the memorial service for our dear friend LOIS CHARLETON by a scant 2 weeks. Lois was a lover of 2 of my favorite obsessions: The Lord Jesus and Country music. I was honored to be asked to assist Becky (her daughter) in escorting Lois to Country Thunder 2 years ago, and that day is noteworthy as one of my "top 10" most FUN days EVER! Maybe we will have another chance in Heaven?
And Lois can teach everyone her fabulous whistle technique:-) Vaya Con Dios Lois!