First, Happy Spring. Spring actually sprung here in Arizona on March 19th just before the midnight late Monday. Therefore the first actual full day of Spring was Tuesday, March 20. Spring came early this year because of the affect of Leap Year. The Lizards have sure been leaping lately.
On Monday, we visited Cottonwood to meet with Chip N and Bob R. about the Verde River Guide project. It might actually be going somewhere. Time will tell. We also worked a little with the Salmon River Guide project. Our Supervisor there, Jeff C. is leaving Challis to work with the BLM in Dolores, Colorado, where he will play a big role in management of the BLM's portion of the Dolores River below McPhee Dam.
Both Monday and Tuesday afternoon's we readied for our weekly pistol match Normally the match is held on Mondays but that was out of the question this week so we moved it to Wednesday. We couldn't have ordered a better day--snow-capped hills and mountains rimmed the horizon. The air was like crystal and there was no wind. It was incredible. Tom, Gary, Brad, Al and I had a great time shooting together. The conduct of a match takes all day and I didn't wrap up until well after 5 pm.
Thursday turned out to be very special. We started the morning with a great gourmet breakfast at Maria and Tim's beautiful totally green nearby home. Tim retired in December from a career as a fireman but he could well have been a famous barista. His creative coffee concoctions are superb. Maria really set a high bar for breakfast, serving up a special Venezuelan corn bread that's very popular in her homeland. We enjoyed fine food and friendship until nearly mid-day. It was a great way to start the day.
Later on we traveled over to Camp Verde. We fired up Annie & the Poptop for the very first time since we parked them in early November. Luckily, the pack rats have not damaged anything under the hood and Annie performed splendidly. Upon our return we fiddled around making props for next week's shooting match and then lit up a fire just before sunset. Much to our delight, Tim and Maria came to join us and the day ended as it had begun with some wonderfully fun friendship on a warm spring night around a lovely campfire.
Within less than a half hour, we are off to Sedona to meet Jim Bishop for lunch. He said I have to arrive at precisely 12:05 pm--not 12:06 mind you--12:05. That's Jim. We are going to have fun talking about his latest book, "The Pink Nectar Cafe." Jim actually mentioned me in the book in the second to last paragraph of the "About The Author." Jim concludes his biographical sketch by referring to the Southwest, "In this place, the land and the imagination are forever merging. Humans either become part of the land, or they leave. That's how he (Jim) met Walt, a 1,000-year-old Sinagua Indian skull concealed on a hill near the Verde River. 'Listen to him,' said the legendary boatman Parsons. 'He knows the secrets.' "
Luckily, my new hearing aids will allow me to actually hear what Jim has to say today. Jim talks very softly but wields a mighty pen.
There's lot to do when we arrive back home later today. Tomorrow, Nancy (AKA: Nemac) will stop by for lunch after her golf lesson. Then we will head over to Goatherder's to spend the night in our pop top. It will be our one and only shakedown cruise before we head north April 19th.
Sunday maybe we can get some R&R from a busy week.
Have a great day and Many Cheers! jp