What have you done during Quarantine?
It’s a popular question these days. For us, we did what we do… and pursued our already scheduled project of adding water hydrants closer to the house.
I know.. boring, right?!
Well we didn’t think so. We were more upset by the rationing of ibuprofen for our aching backs, than lack of TP (let’s not even go there!).
After taking 8 hours to jack hammer the first 10′ of ditch 3′ deep, we were already tired…. and had another 140′ to go!
So we solicited help. We hired a back hoe… and more importantly, a hammer hoe, to get through our all rock terrain.
In 4 hours a Case 580 made short work of our ‘little job’. But in doing so, it completely obliterated our previously well manicured road.
Even with big machinery, it took nearly a month of hard physical labor – jack hammering, shoveling, digging and moving rock and dirt, to ready our 150′ of ditch to drop our water line (between snow falls and freezing temps).
Once the line was all in, we covered it with sand, and backfilled the ditch. We cleared rock, graded the road, and spread 22 ton of gravel.
In the end, you would never even know what we did… except we don’t have to walk all the way out to the road to get water any more.
What will we do next?!
One of the easiest and most beautiful fall color outings to get to outside of the ‘big city’ is Lockett Meadow. It’s only 20 minutes from Flagstaff and yields awesome concentrations of full color yellowing aspens.
The characteristic white trunks and silver dollar yellow leaves make these aspen fields stand out in their stunning beauty. It’s a great place to go for the day, for a picnic, and just soak in nature at it’s finest.
It’s been an early fall. I wrote about it first here. As such the leaves are already starting to dissipate. Compounded by our gusty winds, the leaves are definitely falling as we are getting ready for winter. But for now we are enjoying the last hurrah of what has been a gorgeous Fall here on the mountain.
Each National Park has it’s highlight. For Yosemite it’s El Capitain; for Yellowstone it’s Old Faithful. Some may argue their favorite sites for each park… or favorite of the Parks. One of my favorites is Mesa Arch. I always think Mesa Arch is in Arches National Park… but it’s actually in the Park across the street Canyonlands.
But it’s not Canyonlands or Arches National Park I want to share. It’s actually ‘The Road Less Travelled’, the White Rim road. We saw this road from an overlook, and thought… now that’s where I want to go. I wonder if we can camp there?
Well the answer is .. yes, you can camp there… with a permit and reservations made a year in advance. Apparently it’s a much coveted trip… 100 miles in total of decent, sometimes rough dirt road that runs ‘beneath’ the park that ordinary folk see. I wasn’t even aware that such a back dirt road inside the park existed. So we got a day pass and embarked on a grand adventure.
We felt like explorers seeing the park for the first time. We were ants amidst there giant canyons. It was like a John Ford film with stagecoaches baring the elements. The landscape was vast and humbling. It really made you realize how small we are in this great big magnificent world.
Photos can’t do the grand majestic landscape justice.
Along the way we saw few cars, but a number of bicycles making the trek. Then we saw this little ram munching away on the side of the road, which was a real treat for me.
Next time we’ll have to make reservations and take the entire road. Since it’s a slow road, they say it takes 3 – 4 days to complete the 100 miles. This seemed like the best kept secret around to us… now that we know it’s here, and have tasted it’s beauty, we’ll be back for the whole experience.