Wednesday 7 February 2018

There was a hangin in the streets of Tortilla Flats today

We were enjoying our morning happy hour on the deck when we heard the clippity clop of some horses coming up the road.  Generally there are only a couple horses, but this morning we could tell there were more.  We walked over to the road in time to meet 6 riders out for a cross country ride.  They were heading up the small mountain behind us.  The one horse was a dapple with a design I never remember seeing before.

They all stopped for a chat and told us they were from Illinois and Iowa.  They come every year and bring their own horses to ride.  They even took a minute to line up for a picture.

After morning happy hour, Pat and Sue headed off on a Sue and Pat day shopping.  Ed and Lessie left soon after for Tortilla Flats, and Chuck and Angela did likewise. That left Harold and I to our own means.  We decided that a walk was in order.

Along the way we saw a big old saguaro that had come to the end of its useful life.  It looked like someone had run into it at some point.  I checked Wikipedia to see some interesting facts about these majestic plants.

By 95-100 years in age, a saguaro cactus can reach a height of 15-16 feet, and could start to produce its first arm. By 200 years old, the saguaro cactus has reached its full height, reaching upwards of 45 feet tall. Some saguaros have been seen with dozens of arms, while other cactus never produce a single one.

We headed West over the hill to a little ranch type setting where there are some people who spend the winter in their trailers near a corral where they also keep their horses.  That way they can ride whenever they want to.  We met a few of them who were willing to tell us stories of trail rides and rattle snakes.

On the walk back we looked up on the ridge and saw a couple more riders just like you would see in a wild west movie.

Once we hit the road again, we saw some modern day cowboys out for a ride.

When we got back to the Ponderosa we puttered around doing a few small jobs.  One of the jobs was to lubricate the TV antenna so we could adjust it easier.  This required getting on the roof, so while I was there I cleaned the solar panels as well.

What a great view from up there.  Oh look there is neighbour Ed up working on his roof too.  What a coincidence.

Ed and Lessie had returned from lunch at Tortilla Flats and they had observed a hanging there right on the street.  Lessie took a picture for me to prove it.

Around 4:30 Harold decided it was time for afternoon happy hour.  Because the rest of us were not quite ready yet, he started without us. lol

I was inside finishing up with the TV antenna crank, so decided this would be the view from our window tonight.  Thanks Harold.

Our Location tonight:  BLM near Superstition Mountain, Apache Jnct. AZ  33.4602 - 111.5085  Boondocking


  1. Sounds like a wonderful day in your little piece of the desert. Love the Saguaros, almost as much as the Octillos, they are so majestic.


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