Do you have anything special planned to commemorate the last day of November? We're gonna take a hike around Bell and Courthouse Rocks. That's where we always begin a new hiking gig. We will keep hiking Bell-Courthouse until we acclimate ourselves to the hiking routine again. Only then will we branch out and start doing other hikes. Today will be our first visit to the Sedona area since our arrival nearly 2 weeks ago. Time to check our mail, see Betty Mom and marvel at the astronomical prices in Weber's grocery store.
On December 6th, we will mark our 9th year since we began day hiking again. That's a story we will tell on the anniversary itself.
Yesterday as a Laundry Day. Susun is such a trooper when it comes to cleaning clothes in a coin laundromat.
She can do a truckload of laundry and walk out with a smile on her face and say something like, "Gee, that was fun" and really mean it. For the first time in my life here in the Verde Valley, I didn't spend a single dime in any of the grocery stores. That's weird.
We decided to try to find a decent taco in Cottonwood and our first attempt was a miserable failure. We went to someplace called Concho's on the far north end of Old Town. They advertised a dollar taco on Mondays. There was no way to get the taco unfried. The airhead waiter said they they only served them fried and that it wasn't possible to serve a taco unfried. Huh? I wonder if the guy thought that a gringo wouldn't know the difference. Excuse me but the corn tortilla starts out UNFRIED and food can be put into an unfried corn tortillas even easier than it can be placed in a oil-soaked, crisp tortilla. The tacos were billed as "chicken tacos" but I had to remark to Susun, "Let me know when you spot the chicken." Eventually we found a few specks of what might have once been a chicken. Well, we can cross that eatery off the list in our Great Taco Search. If the Taco Search goes anything like our Idaho Falls search for fresh french fires, it might not turn out so good. As Susun said, "Guess we better make our own."
I went into Home Depot and came out without spending a dime there either. I was looking for asphalt emulsion with which to coat the water shed roof. Home Depot had what I was looking for but, as I stared at the item, I was overcome with an aversion to giving Home Depot any money. I thought, "I don't care what the Rimrock Mercantile charges for this stuff, I'd rather give my money to them instead of this giant corporation."
After our 3 pm return, I slopped on a thick coat of the emulsion atop the water shed. Two coats a year is all it needs to remain leak proof. Then I installed a new chain on the old chain saw. Houn' Dawg called late in the afternoon to tell us about his reaction to our "surprise." He turned 62 on Sunday and had been swearing he would buy his federal Golden Age pass the following day. Before we left Idaho Falls, we went to the Visitor Center and gave them ten bucks to pay for Houn Dawg's pass. Sure enough, he unsuspectingly waltzed into the VC to buy his pass and they surprised him by saying it was FREE! Ha, Ha, Ha! SURPRISE! Welcome to the Golden Age, HD.
We enjoyed a nice campfire last night. There was not a hint of wind so the smoke rose straight up like those stereotypical campfires depicted in Old West lithographs. We kept the fire real small. Most people 'round these parts call real small fires "Indian Fires." As the jingo goes, "Indian build small fire, stand close. White Man build big fire, stand far away." This fire was perhaps the size of a basketball--real small--but if we stood close it did the trick.
Have a great day & Cheers! jp