We had the most exciting afternoon! Katie and I were sitting outside in the cool afternoon breezes this afternoon. It was around 93 degrees inside and outside, but better breezes outside. I was reading and Katie was walking around as much as she could on a short leash. I had a cold ice water, and Katie had a plastic bowl of water.
We are camped on the edge of the new campground (great Verizon!) overlooking the Colorado River across the main road, and I noticed a car stopped on the side of the road, other cars were going around it, but I didn't think much about it. I kept reading. Then a woman walked by my site toward the road, and I looked up, and saw more cars stopped. Thinking there had been an accident, or someone was in trouble, I got up and walked over to the edge of my site to see what was going on.
That's when I saw the burros. I ran back to The Palms to get my camera - finally! Burros during the daytime and I was going to get some photos! OH BOY, was I ever!
I ended up taking 125 pictures.
There were seven burros, it looked like six adults and one juvenile. They were in the middle of the street and when a vehicle stopped, they all walked over to the windows, begging. (That's why the camp host was so vehement on Wednesday that I NOT feed them. I told her I only want to see them to take photos. Obviously they are used to being fed.)
They went from car to truck to car, everyone seemed delighted.
I stood up on the hill overlooking the road - snapping away.
Finally all the cars and trucks drove away, and the burros started walking down the road, toward the campground entrance road. This guy seemed to be the leader.
"OMG - Here they come!" I actually said that out loud to myself. :)
I ran to The Palms and got Katie off her leash and put her inside.
The rest of the burros turned up our road, then went off the road heading up the hill to our site. EGADS! I ran back to The Palms again and put my drink and Kindle and the Cheezits inside, and went back to take more photos. At that point they were all heading my way, getting closer - and I hightailed it inside, too.
They were so polite. Just crowded around the door, thank goodness they didn't press on the screen door - and push it through. I was a little worried about that.
They finally wandered around The Palms, and looked in the window over the couch.
They hung around for a while, trying to get closer, quietly edging each other out of the way, just hanging around like a bunch of teenagers outside a movie theater trying to get close to the cute girl.
Then they wandered away - across the campground to a bush and started eating it.
They were still walking around the campground an hour later. There are very few RVs here and I could plainly see them walking, stopping, looking around, moving on.
It was so much fun, I was so excited, and Katie didn't know what to make of it. She barked a little, especially when those big faces were right on the screen door looking through at her. She stood her ground, though, and kept her eye on them the whole time. She was close to the screen door, then close to the couch window screen. She stayed between me and them; it must be instinct, and I was very proud of her.
The whole thing was so absolutely thrilling, I couldn't believe it as they slowly walked up the hill to my RV site, then to my front door.
When I got here yesterday, I was across the campground, kiddie-corner to where I am now. I decided I wanted to move this morning and tried a couple of places. (One of which was a little tricky - I got kind of stuck, had a problem backing out because of the loose sand. I decided that wasn't a good spot, but it had a fabulous view.) I really wanted to see the burros, and thought I might be too far away from them if they came through. They ended up leaving tonight right through the first campsite I was in yesterday.
So, that was our exciting day. It was really hot, but I remembered the window coverings I bought when I was in Vacaville last July visiting my daughter and her family. It was sooooo hot. I took them out this morning and put one on the kitchen window, where the sun was streaming in. As the sun moved around the rig, I moved the sunshades to the couch window and front window. There was a nice breeze all day, and that helped a lot. All in all, the heat was very tolerable with the sunshades and breezes helping.
Tonight at 8:00 it's really windy outside, and only 84 degrees inside The Palms, so it's cooled down considerably.
From Me and Katie, have a great Saturday night, everyone! :)