Hot and dry and no bunnies

Rabbits (bunnies) are born blind, hairless, and require nursing. Hares(jackrabbits) are born ready and able to run. Blind bunnies deliver easter eggs, suspect their baskets would be smaller than a jackrabbit.

Place where I park off beaverhead I noticed holes appearing seems to be in a straight line. 2 points determine a line, 3 and more are a bonus. I worked one of them so that I could reach my hand into the tunnel. Diameter is just under a beer can diameter. The animal has to dig around rocks. I noticed claw marks on one rock. Desert is so dry yet cows are allowed to graze. There is more manure piles than blades of grass. Don’t know what they eat. Appear to be balled yearlings. I fling dried piles away from where I roost. yesterday cowboys rounded up and drove the cows away to where I haven’t found. Again, eating beef creates a demand that is filled by ranchers grazing cows that are destroying our public lands and us tax payers, the 99% that have seen little benefit of the monster tax cut, are paying for.The 1% are sucking America’s treasure.

Friday I sat in the sun reading Bromfield. I overstayed the tanning rays of the sun and am suffering still today from an uncomfortable sun burn. Interesting about  Early Autumn published in 1936 called cars motorcars. All about wealthy family money and lower class of servants. There is a reason for stiff estate taxes. Soon many of us will be servants or conscripted to fight endless wars. What we are able to do is VOTE.

Yesterday I attended the Verde Valley Cyclist Coalition (VVCC) picnic and group rides. The gathering was at Crescent Moon SP which is right at Baldwin crossing over or as is now a wade across the flowing Oak Creek. To drive there would have been driving up to West Sedona to the high school then driving down red rock road. Or, as I did, I stayed down in VOC and drove out Verde Valley School rd, pedaled a short piece of dirt road to the creek then changed bike shoes and socks for sandals as waded across. Groups were organized for a mountain bike ride, I chose the slower group. Still a humper for me. Drank some beer and ate some food upon return.

rerouted climbing hard right turn on sketch
Rick w/o dog


Bush bashed on the desert over to the next road west. Ran into Jeff and Jon, they found some shade where they parked. We each remained where we were.

Last night clouds partially obscured the last blue moon until 2020. warm night, no furnace or double blanket.

Today I rode my Llama loop. Bell Rock path was packed per usual but once on Llama people diminished. 79 degrees, getting warm. Took pics of rock armoring transitioning the washes. Curious to see what they look like after seasonal monsoons. real nice work.

dry rock masonry

Sun Valley Steve arrives tomorrow for a week of paling around. Just more red dirt riding.

Congrats to Abe for buying a new Turner. The DW suspension will put bigger smiles on his face then he will realize what he had been missing for so many years.