Monday, April 29, 2013

9-29 April, 2013 - High winds, long rides and more company...

Sorry about the long time between posts.   We've been a bit busy and internet access has been poor lately.
We did some exploring on the other side of the lake, going to see a spring and sinkhole plus a lot of desert country.
There were cattle running loose but because it was in the middle of the day they were mostly lounging in whatever shade that they could find.
We took dozens of pictures so these are just a sampling of what we saw.
This is one of the sandstone cliffs we drove under.

We took a lunch break in the shade of one of the rock formations.

This is the sinkhole.

We all had a good time playing among the caves found here.

Scott was, of course, in his element crawling through the numerous caves and tunnels.
He had some more cousins come for a visit.  Unfortunately they arrived during one of the worst weeks we had for high winds and spent most of their time in a motel in town.  Here the young-uns are seeing how many will fit in and on a toy car.
Scott was playing with Susan's camera at one of the hot springs we visited and actually took some pretty good photos when we weren't looking.

We had our usual car repairs.  We noticed that on our back-country driving the car was overheating.  I checked and the electric auxiliary cooling fan wasn't working.  We only had a 60 amp spare fuse so I put it in place of the 30 amp fuse that was blown.  We went about thirty feet then pulled over and popped the hood when we smelled smoke. I quickly removed the fuse and checked the smoking fan motor.  It wasn't on fire so I closed the hood and we drove back to camp.  Here, Scott is helping take the old fan out so we can order a new one.  The new one was $100.00 but we had it the next day so I put it on the Cherokee.  I also noticed that the radiator is leaking slightly so if it last till we get home I'll replace it at home where I have more tools with me.

We've made several trips tot he hot springs north of Alamo.  We've learned to arrive early on week days and we have it mostly to ourselves.  This is the deeper pool at the top.

This is the pool below the deep one.  The water is about like warm bath water and we love soaking in it for a couple of hours.

The lake has gone down a bunch while we've been here.  This rock was barely visible at first.  Now you can walk out to it without getting your feet wet.  Here Susan and Scott are walking out.

We do a lot of playing in the lake.  We blew up one of Scott's water toys for him to ride on.  Of course they are all planes of some type.

We did a little fishing as well.  The fishing is poor with a bite every 30 minutes or so on average.  I've caught a couple of fish after all the visitors went back to MT but that all.  I missed several hits due to old line on the reel.  After a trip to town for new line I started getting them to shore.

This guy was sunning himself on the road so we took his picture before ushering him to safety.  It's a Red Racer and he lives up to his name when he takes off.  This one was about three-and-a-half-feet-long.

We spent one night in Vegas with Scott.  We stayed at Circus Circus because they seem more child friendly than some other casinos.

Scott was nosing around the room and found the safe.  (I didn't know there was one.)

We made contact with an online friend who showed us around some of the official areas of the Recreation area.  This is a nursery.  After the tour we're thinking seriously about doing some volunteer work here next winter.

Scott, being more mechanically minded headed straight for the water buffalo.  He wanted to climb to the top of the tank but Grandpa spoiled his fun.

We never tire of the flowers in the desert.  This and the next two photos were taken near the Visitor center.

Scott has been sleeping later lately for which both of us are pleased with.  Here he's sacked out on his side (for once) of the bed.

It's gettin' hot here so we're all packed up and ready to head to the next stop after we cover a couple of loose ends.  One item showed up this morning but it may be another day or two before the next one gets here.

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