The last year has been an interesting experiment, what with Brenda's knee replacement not going so well, but we have discovered one, maybe the only, benefit of her plight. When we travel we usually get a wheelchair to get from the check-in to the gate and back. Most airlines also supply a driver for that conveyance. And those folks know how to get around those big places in a hurry. It means no waiting at the Security Check and priority boarding. Big benefit entering Jamaica, our lady driver knew the ropes and we were through Immigration and Customs quicker than you can blink. And coming back out of Montego Bay there was at least a thousand people in the line and we scooted right to the front. And nobody even gives a lady in a wheelchair and her bodyguard a second look.
It was an interesting winter from a horsepersons point of view. Arizona had an early outbreak of a critter disease called Vesticular Stomatitis which meant all our horses were going to have to be out of Arizona for 21 days before they were allowed to cross the border back into Canada. So we made a plan to wander our way home slowly after sprinting for the Arizona/Utah border to get the clock ticking.
As it turned out the outbreak took a break and the Canadian government allowed horses that had not been in the county in southern Arizona with the problem to head for home without the 21 day condition. But we had some plans made and decided at least part of them needed to be acted on.
Hard to believe but in all the miles we have driven around the United States and the many years we have been to Arizona, we had never gotten to see the Grand Canyon, except from 35,000 feet as we flew by it. This time we combined it with a trip to Dave and Linda Modahl's ranch in Northern Arizona.
|Ben and Beauty were enthralled by Dave and Linda's gate guards|
|Ken enjoys the riding and seeing new country.|
|Ken, Verna, Linda, Dave and Penny in the foreground|
|Not sure what kind of snake that is but it is a sign that we are not far enough north.|
After enjoying Dave and Linda's "Lazy D Ranch" for four days we headed for the big ditch.
Words really can not describe this place, it is truly a wondrous place, and I will let the pictures do the talking.
|Ken, Verna and Penny|
|Blue and I, Blue was happy the Canyon was behind us and not ahead on the trail.|
|Ken and Beauty|
|We finally made it|
|You can see the bridge across the Colorado down there.|
|At the bottom of the photo is a roof at Phantom Ranch a way station on the ride across the canyon|
|This fellow was looking at me like, "I ain't hauling your big ass down into Canyon, not to mention back up"|
Since we got back here down the road from Dogpound we have been to a couple of birthday parties and visited a few folks but have been sticking pretty close to the ranch otherwise.
I always tell folks that wondering what to do to keep busy is a non-issue if you have a farm and Brenda and I have been busy cleaning up after our early snow last September, fixing a water leak in our outside system that developed over the winter and general yard maintenance, including replacing our crumbling retaining wall. Just another century or two and we'll have that "to do" list whipped.
Now in a blast of information you are caught up and maybe, just maybe I can keep a little more abreast of things in the future.