Thursday, February 16, 2017

GEOCACHING

STILL NO SCOOTER, SO TODAY I’M OUT ON THE DESERT GEOCACHING. I DIDN’T FIND THE FIRST ONE AND THE SECOND ONE TOOK ME A GOOD HALF MILE INTO THE DESERT.

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BUT IT WAS THE THIRD ONE THAT HAD ME CLIMBING STRAIGHT UP THE BOUNDARY CONE. I CLIMBED THAT MOUNTAIN UNTIL I COULDN’T, I COULDN’T CLIMB NO MORE, AND I WAS ONLY 133 FEET AWAY FROM THE TREASURE.

I’M ALWAYS INCLUDING PICTURES OF THE BOUNDARY CONE, SO TODAYS PICTURES ARE TAKEN OF THE VIEWS FROM UP ON THE CONE.

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THIS IS THE FAMOUS CHOLLA CACTUS. ALSO CALLED THE JUMPING CACTUS, OR THE TEDDY BEAR CACTUS.

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THE SPINES SEEM TO JUMP RIGHT OUT AND ATTACH TO YOU, IN FACT THE WHOLE PAD EASILY ATTACHES TO YOUR CLOTHES OR SHOES, AND THAT’S THE PROBLEM AS THE WHOLE PAD IS COVERED IN SPINES MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO REMOVE. NOW BROTHER NEIL WOULD LOVE THIS CACTUS, AS OUT HIKING WITH YOUR DOG AND A TANGLE WILL INCLUDE A HEFTY VET BILL….

   “SUNNY & 80”

Friday, February 10, 2017

BULLHEAD CITY ROCKS

THIS LOCAL FACEBOOK GROUP RECENTLY HAD A FRONT PAGE STORY IN OUR MOHAVE VALLEY DAILY NEWSPAPER AND THE CRAZE HAS GROWN. FOLLOW THIS LINK TO LEARN ABOUT BULLHEAD CITY ROCKS:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1832483413693809/

I’VE BEEN TO ROTARY PARK FOR A WALK-ABOUT THE LAST THREE DAYS AND FOUND THESE THREE ROCKS. YES, THE SCOOTER IS STILL IN THE SHOP AND I’VE BEEN REDUCED TO LOOKING FOR PAINTED ROCKS, AND MARY FOUND THE PRETTY BLUE ONE YESTERDAY.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

I JUST KNEW IT …….

I JUST KNEW IT ……..

I TOOK THE SCOOTER TO PHOENIX LAST WEEK TO BEGIN THE PROJECT OF TURNING IT INTO A TRIKE. THE ORIGINAL PLAN WAS TO DO THE THE RECALL IN DECEMBER AND THE TRIKE PROJECT IN JANUARY, BUT NOTHING HAPPENED IN DECEMBER AND SO NOW I’M A MONTH BEHIND SCHEDULE.

I JUST KNEW IT …..

NOW HERE IT IS FEBRUARY, THE WEATHER IS “SUNNY & 70” AND NO SCOOTER TO RIDE!!

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HONDA

YESTERDAY WE TOOK THE HONDA INTO LAS VEGAS FOR THE 100,000 MILE SERVICE. PRETTY EXTENSIVE LIST, LIKE TIMING BELT. ALL BELTS ACTUALLY, REPLACE THE WATER PUMP, AND ON AND ON. FIVE HOURS OF WORK, AND THAT’S A LONG TIME TO SIT IN THE WAITING ROOM, OR  JAKES TAVERN ON EASTERN. THEY OFFERED MARY A LOANER CAR, COOL. WE WERE FLOORED WHEN THEY BROUGHT UP A BRAND NEW HONDA CIVIC AND HANDED MARY THE KEYS. ACTUALLY CARS DON’T HAVE KEYS ANYMORE IT’S A THINGIE YOU HAVE TO HAVE IN YOUR POCKET. SO WE BUZZED AROUND TOWN IN A PRETTY WHITE CAR, HITTING TRADER JOE’S, WINCO, BOULDER STATION, AND JAKE’S TAVERN ON EASTERN. WE PUT 80 MILES ON THE NEW CAR.

 

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

MOUNTAIN SNOW

THE PICTURES IN TODAYS BLOG WERE TAKEN BY THE HUNTERS AS THEY CRUISED BY OUR MOUNTAIN CABIN TO CHECKOUT THE SNOW. I JUST HAD TO PUT THEM ON THE BLOG TO SAVE THEM.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

RANTS, YOU MAY SKIP…….

IT’S BEEN A WET JANUARY HERE IN THE SOUTHWEST, AND THAT’S A GOOD THING ON MANY LEVELS. AS YOU KNOW THE WEST HAS BEEN UNDER DROUGHT CONDITIONS FOR MANY YEARS. ONE ONLY HAS TO LOOK AT THE BATHTUB RING AROUND LAKE MEAD TO SEE THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE PROBLEM.

THE SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS IN NORTHERN NEVEDA AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HAVE HAD THE BEST MOISTURE, AND THEY ACTUALLY HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE TWICE THE NORMAL SNOWFALL THIS YEAR. THE LAST NUMBER I SAW WAS 163% OF NORMAL AND WE STILL HAVE 3 MONTHS OF SNOW TO GO.

THE SNOWS IN THE COLORADO ROCKIES HAVE BEEN A LITTLE ABOVE NORMAL AS WELL, BUT NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO MAKE A DENT IN THE BATHTUB RING AROUND LAKE MEAD. YOU CAN’T IMAGINE THE COMPLICATED SYSTEM OF STATE, INDIAN, AND FEDERAL LAWS AND TREATIES INVOLVED IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE WATER FROM THE COLORADO RIVER.

WITHOUT GETTING TOO POLITICAL, I PERSONALLY FAVOR THE EXTREME ACTION OF BLOWING UP THE GLEN CANYON DAM AT PAGE, ARIZONA ELIMINATING LAKE POWELL. LAKE POWELL HAS A  LARGE LEAK, AND BETWEEN THE EVAPORATION OFF THE LAKE AND THE LEAK, WE ARE LOSING 300 BILLION GALLONS OF WATER EACH YEAR. OVER THE LIFE OF THE DAM THAT’S THE SAME AS TURNING OFF THE COLORADO RIVER FOR A WHOLE YEAR. POLITICALLY IT WON’T HAPPEN IN MY LIFETIME, BUT DON’T BE SURPRISED AS OUR CHILDREN BEGIN BLOWING UP DAMS ACROSS THE NATION.

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WE’VE HAD WET WINTER WEATHER OVER THE YEARS, AND IT MAKES FOR A GREENER DESERT AND BEAUTIFUL DESERT FLOWERS. ALSO IT KEEPS THE WILD BURROS IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS, WITH ADAQUATE FOOD AND WATER INSTEAD OF ON OUR CITY ROADWAYS.

OH HELL, I’VE ALREADY PISSED OFF HALF THE BLOG READERS BY BLOWING UP LAKE POWELL, LET ME PISS OFF THE REST OF YOU WITH ANOTHER RANT…..

OUR BLACK MOUNTAINS BETWEEN BULLHEAD CITY AND KINGMAN CAN HANDEL ABOUT 500 WILD BURROS, AND I’M SURE SEVERAL WOULD STILL HANG AROUND OATMAN FOR THE TOURIST. THE LAST ESTIMATE BY THE BLM WAS 1700 IN THE HERD. LET ME PUT IT THIS WAY, IN SPOONER AND WASHBURN COUNTY WISCONSIN THE DEAR HERD WAS ESTIMATE (IN 2015) AT 22,900. IF THE HERD GREW TO 70,000 DEER, WHAT WOULD THE DNR DO? THAT’S RIGHT, WE’D HAVE A DEER HUNTING SEASON FROM HALLOWEEN TO VALENTINES DAY. THE SAME LOGIC SHOULD APPLY TO THE WILD BURROS, WHICH BY THE WAY WERE IMPORTED TO ARIZONA BACK IN THE 1800’S BY THE GOLD MINERS.

IT MUST BE RANT DAY, MAYBE IT’S THE COLD AND RAINY WEATHER? I BOUGHT MY NEW BURGMAN SCOOTER A YEAR AGO LAST DECEMBER AND IN FEBURARY, JUST 90 DAYS, THERE WAS A RECALL ON THE SCOOTER. I TOOK THE SCOOT TO MY LOCAL SUZUKI DEALER AND THEY SAID “OH NO, WE ARE NOT QUALIFIED”. SO I TOOK THE SCOOTER TO LAKE HAVASU SUZUKI AND THEY TRIED TO TALK ME OUT OF DOING THE RECALL WORK, THAT IT WAS JUST A CALIFORNIA EPA BULLSHIT RECALL.

I TALKED TO MY BUDDY COLE AND DID SOME RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET AND FOUND THAT THE RECALL WAS WORLD WIDE, AND DEEP INTO THE ENGINE CONCERNING TAPPETS AND CAMSHAFT FAILURE. SUZUKI WAS PAYING THE DEALERS 7 HOURS OF LABOR TO REPLACE THE PARTS, BUT THE JOB TOOK ABOUT 10 HOURS TO COMPLETE. I WENT BACK TO LAKE HAVASU AND REQUESTED THE RECALL WORK, AND THEY SAID THEY WOULD ORDER THE PARTS. I CALLED EVERY WEEK FOR A MONTH, BUT THE PARTS WEREN’T IN YET? FINALLY IN JULY THEY CALLED ME THAT THE PARTS WERE IN. I EXPLAINED THAT I WAS A SNOWBIRD AND WOULD BRING THE SCOOTER IN DECEMBER 1ST. THEY SAID THEY WOULD SEND THE PARTS TO BULLHEAD CITY AND SAVE THEM FOR ME.

WHEN I SHOWED UP IN BULLHEAD CITY ON DECEMBER 1ST, AND OF COURSE THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE PARTS, AND SAID THEY WOULD ORDER THEM….. AFTER A MONTH OF WAITING FOR PARTS, I WALKED INTO THE STORE TO SEE WHAT THE STORY WAS, AND THEY PRETTY MUCH SAID, “WHO ARE YOU?”  FINALLY TODAY I PICKED UP MY BURGMAN SCOOTER WITH THE WORK COMPLETED. NEXT UP FOR THE SCOOTER IS TO TURN IT INTO A TRIKE. WISH ME LUCK!

BY NOW I PROBABLLY HAVE EXACTLY ONE READER REMAINING, UNCLE HANS, SO I’LL CLOSE WITH SOME RECENT HUMOR OFF OF FACEBOOK.

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