Friday, October 21, 2016

Mom! Help!

Well, we are in our final campsite before leaving for Quartzsite.  It's funny, I've been really looking forward to heading south and finding that perfect site in Q, but now that the time is coming up to head that way, I'm feeling nostalgic about this area.  The spring and summer between Camp Verde and Flagstaff, AZ has been so enjoyable.  Perfect weather, nice campsites, I've met some really nice people, and the months have flown by.  But it's cooling down now in Quartzsite, and in a week or so, we'll be leaving this area.

Yesterday I looked out the front window and saw a big black bull with a white face in front of The Palms.  I watched him for a while, then got busy doing other things.  Katie was sitting outside in her stroller, which she wants to do a lot lately, and a while later I heard heard her whining softly.  I looked out the window again, and this is what I saw:

I think the bull was getting a little too close for comfort.  I went outside and took a photo, then picked her up and brought her inside The Palms.  She loves sitting outside, will lay down curled in a ball and sleep, so she feels very safe as long as she's in the stroller.  But she didn't hesitate when I wanted to pick her up with that bull behind her.

It kept it's eyes on us until we were inside and then continued to graze around The Palms.

He came closer and walked around the back of the rig, getting pretty close.  These photos were taken  out the kitchen window:

I took this one below out the side window when he rounded the corner of the rig.  I'm sure going to miss these beautiful animals when we leave the area next week.  They really raise my desert camping experience!

I saw this walking stick - at least I think that's what it is - poking out from my wheel well in the back.  He's smaller than the others I've seen in this area, and he was multi colored.  He also has flat ends on his antenna.  They were a reddish color, and his legs were yellow and green. Really pretty.

I have some packages to pick up in town this afternoon - my Sirius radio has been giving me grief lately and I have a new one coming today, as well as my regular mail from my mail service.  I don't go to town often, but always look forward to a drive into town to break the day up.  All is well in Cottonwood.

From me and Katie, I hope all is well in your world, too. 🔆📫❤


  1. You mean that you didn't go out and pet the Bull and give him a lump of sugar?? . . . I wouldn't either (grin).

  2. The bull doesn't look like he has any malice in his heart - he's just curious! Anyone who is able to get close to one of these animals is fortunate.

    When I lived in Ireland the bull would often get his horns entangled in the fence, so I would go out to free him. He was nervous about me at first, but I just talked softly to him and worked him loose. Note that I wouldn't pet him or give him a lump of sugar!

  3. Hello hearing about your adventures bulls and all... pretty good pictures of him also

  4. Hello hearing about your adventures bulls and all... pretty good pictures of him also

  5. As a long time reader of your blog, I was delighted to meet you and Katie at our camp here in the Prescott National Forest. I see it is still in the 90's out at Q but hopefully it will cool down soon. Keep posting. We all enjoy the pictures and hearing of your adventures.

  6. I love Katie's "please take the photo quick and get me the heck outta here" look.....what a great encounter!

  7. Katie certainly gave you a pathetic look! I guess you get the bad mother award from her.....but I'm sure ou were quickly forgiven.

  8. Nice to have a friendly visitor there, but think I would stay inside too.
    We too are looking forward to Quartzsite but will take us about a month to get there

  9. I saw a guy walking around with a doggie-mesh backpack yesterday and thought of you and Katie. The dog was a "tea cup" size chihuahua and was perfectly happy watching what was going on and not making a sound.

  10. Great photos! Thanks for sharing those. I am not sure I could ever do Quartzsite. Too many people and too much dust & wind. I would probably get clostrophobic...if you are used to it that is another story. I live in Oregon and like the seasons for the most part. It sure sounds great where you have been though. Looking forward to hearing about your next adventures..


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