Saturday, July 29, 2017

Sunset Crater Volcano Adventure

I am a little slow in posting this time.  DesertDale is keeping me busy.   Hope you enjoy this posting.

The Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is in Arizona.  It is within the San Francisco Volcanic Field.
Then in 1930  President Hoover proclation of it a Naional Monument.
There is a one-mile, self -guided loop trail located at the base of Sunset Crater.  Hiking to the summit is not permittted. It is along Highway 89, north of Flagstaff.  The site is some 8028 ft. elv.
Sunset Crater Volcano last eruption about 1000 years ago. It is Arizona's youngest volcano.

Each time the volcano erupts life changes.  Farming in the high desert by the Wupatki had many challenges.  The Wupatki lived with very little water and the climate  was very hot and dry.
Their living structures raged from singles family to high-rse.  The largest dewlling was about 100 rooms.

The environment provided the materials for their dwelling.  They used sandstone  slabs, lime-stone blocks and   chucks of basalt set with a clay-based mortar provided a sturdy building marerial..  Some of their buildings are still standing.

This was a arena was their community room.

People have been living there  for before the volcano erupted.  There is no  evidnce what they called their selves.  They think they are from  the Sinaguma culture.  They were farmers , that lived in groups, next to their corn  fields.  Thier homes were pithomes, dug partly in the ground . 

Life involved sharing and trading.

In 1250 the volcano had had quieted , pueblos stood empty.   The people of Wupatki had moved on and established new homes in the Colorado Plateau.

Thanks goes to  the National Park Service for the info.
Nestled between the Painted Desert and ponderosa highlands of northern Arizona, Wupatki is a landscape of legacies. Ancient pueblos dot red-rock outcroppings across miles of prairie. Where food and water seem impossible to find, people built pueblos, raised families, farmed, traded, and thrived. Today, if you linger and listen, earth and artifacts whisper their stories to us still.

From Kitfoxgal

Monday, June 26, 2017

Page Spring Adventure

 We took a Birding Adventure early this morning to Blitzen River Valley Auto Tour .  Before we left I snaped this photo of our visitors we had early this morning of Mom Deer and her Fawn.

The Malheur National Wildlife is managed  by BLM, was dedicated in 1908.  It is a favorite destination for Birds.  About 220 species there.
 We arrived at the of the Blitzen River Valley.  Beatiful over look of the Valley.  It is a 42 mile self -guided auto tour, which is south of our camp site at Page Spring.
Each pond of water has it own name: Mud Lake, Harney Lake and  Maleur Lake. In a wet year they become Oregon's largest lake. 
From the overlook you might see birds such as the Yellow Warbler
or even a Great White Egret
Then once on the road back to Frenchglen for our stop at the only grocery store in town for our a ice cream fixed.
Somerange post office was established in1923.  Then  in 1930 the name was changed to Frenchglen.
DsertDale stopped on the road so the snake could pass safe

One last look at the wandering deer going through our campground..

Enjoy life.   Kitfoxgal

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Stillwater Adventure

Some twelve thousand years ago  a lake was created by melting glaciers.  Stillwater Marsh is what is left. 
If you look high for  the old shore line you will see where the shore line was way back then.
Stillwater Marshes remaine a paradise for the migratory birds.  It remains a great site  for migratory birds.

In  the 1900's the Newlands Irrigation Project where the water was dammed and the Lathontan Reservoir was created.  To prevent the loss of the Stillwater marshes there was the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District formed to manage 224,000 acres, which was named Stillwater Wildlife Management area.

Stillwater Marshes remaine a paradise for the migratory birds.  It remains a great site  for migratory birds
  In the 1980's the floods washed away the topsoil exposing village, artifacts and burials dating back 300 to 3200 years ago.
There is a lot to see in the area.
DesertDale taking another view of the Fish Hatchery , near our site at Mason's ValleyWMA.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Desert In Bloom

 Our travlers has taken us to the Tucson area.  We will spend a few days with fellow Boondocker's, here at our site near Tucson.
What a beauitful site it is the desert.  There is so much color, like the Brittlebush.  It growers in rocky to  gravel slopes or hillsides. 
They bloom from Nov. to May.
The Lupine are  many along the road sides.  They bloom from April To Oct.  They are poisonous to cattle.
The Globe Mellow is a rugged plant.  It thives in hot, sunny  dry areas. 

Then there is the Giant Saguaro that bloom   from May to June.  The fruit is plump.  With the outside green , inside red.  It was a important source of food for the Native Americans.  It is also  Arizonia's State  flower.
Enjoy the beauty of the out-doors, where ever you are at.  Kitfoxgal

Monday, March 06, 2017

Cibola's Birding Adventure

Cibola National Wildlife Refuge is located in the floodplain of the lower Colorado River in 1964.  Some 18,444-acre refuge is to protect and recreate the marshes, backwaters, and meanders that historically provided wintering grounds for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife that natural flooding would have formed. 
(info from goggle)
This is a Red-Tailed Hawk busy  scratching his neck.  They are common and widespread. 
 This is a White Pelican they nearly always in small groups.
 The Sandhill Crane nests in open meadows.  They spend the winter in marshes or farmland.
The Canada Geese are common and widespread.  Found in any open ground.
Hope you enjoy this posting .  Kitfoxgal

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Saguaro National Park Adventure

This cactus, was estimated to be more than 200 years old.  It is some 7feet 10 inches around and 46 tall.   It was burned in the Cave Creek fire.  It was the one of largest Saguaro .
The organ pipe fruit ripens just before the rainy season starts in the summer.  Then splits  open to showing it's bright red fruits.
 The Ocotillo is not a true cactus.  Most of the year it looks dead.  on the first rain fall the plant be comes lush with small ovate leaves.  The flower a bright crimson
flower apears,   especially after rainfall in spring, summer, and occasionally fall.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Organ Pipe Adventure 2017

The Organ Pipe Catcus is a National Montumen is located in Arizona and on the border of Mexican state of Sonora.
The park is the only place in the U.S. where the Organ Pipe Cactus grows.   Many other type of cacti and wild flowers  of the desert grow there.
There are some 517 aquare miles in the park.  The Land for the Monument was donated by the Arizona state legislature to the Federal Goverment during the Prohibition.  In 1937 the land was opened as a national monument.

North entrance is a few miles south of Why, AZ.
In the South it would be Lukeville.  Where the crossing point to Mexcio is.

Many archaeological sites can be found within Organ Pipe Cactus.  In 1937 it was offically opened as a national monument.
 Wrong time of season for wild flowers.
Hope you enjoy this posting.  Kitfoxgal

In what is now Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, archaeological evidence places human beings in this area approximately 1,600 years ago. These people left behind projectile points, seashells, pottery, rock art and the paths they followed on foot are still carved onto the desert floor. Over the millennia, people moved through here while following impressed trade routes, hunting and gathering, and settling for short periods of time. Once agriculture was introduced in the southwest, people began to establish more permanent settlements and eventually larger villages.
Many archaeological sites can be found within Organ Pipe Cactus. The Hohokam people's culture existed in this area from the first years Common Era (C.E.). through C.E. 1450. Considered the greatest of the ancient southwest cultures, the Hohokam achieved remarkable successes during their time, and are today most noted for the creation of extensive irrigation canals fed by the Salt and Gila rivers. Several miles of irrigation canals can still be seen on the desert floor at Organ Pipe Cactus. These waterways supported fields of corn, beans, squash, tobacco, and cotton

hohokam shell jewelry
Hohokam Sea Shell Jewelry
NPS Photo
Barely 90 years after the Hohokam culture dispersed across the landscape, the first Europeans ventured into the Sonoran Desert, and named the area "New Spain." These Spaniards were looking for wealth that they could acquire from others. These conquerors used the unique landmarks shown to them by local American Indian guides, as well as the sun, moon, and stars to accurately map and document their discoveries.
Nearly 150 years after the first Spaniards confirmed the lack of large and wealthy civilizations,missionaries combed the area to collect the many valued souls of the people who lived here. With the spread of Christianity, local American Indian cultures changed to use the European methods of farming and ranching taught by the missionaries. Not long after the area was purchased from Mexico by the United States in 1853, both ranching and mining dominated as the major industries for American Indians, Mexicans, and European settlers- lifestyles which lasted into the 20th Century,and overlapped with the creation of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in 1937.

The early national monument faced many challenges, especially with local miners and ranching families. Mineral mining began in the late 19th century, and was allowed to continue up to 1976. Hiking in the monument you can easily see the mining history in old prospecting holes, tailings, and buildings.
Modern ranching in the monument began at the beginning of the 20th century, and also continued through the 1970's.The effects of overgrazing are still seen today. You can visit old ranching sites at Alamo Canyon, Bates Well, and otherwells scattered across the monument.
In 1976 The United Nations designated Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument as an International Biosphere Reserve, reconfirming its status as an outstanding example of the Sonoran Desert. Then in 1977, Congress declares 95% of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument as a Wilderness area.

Quitobaquito has had many colorful residents. Andrew Dorsey arrived in the early 1860's, opened a store, dug the pond deeper and built an earthen dam to create a bigger water source. He also dug irrigation ditches to water his pomegranate and fig trees. Dorsey lived in the area until the 1890's. In 1887, a former Texas Ranger named Jefferson Davis Milton was hired to establish a United States Custom and Immigration station at Quitobaquito.
Milton went on to mine for gold and silver in the area and established the Milton Mine that you can still visit in the monument today. Around 1903, local rancher Thomas Childs Jr. arrived and rebuilt Dorsey's dam and irrigation ditches. Among other crops, he started to grow watermelons.
On April 13, 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the proclamation creating Organ Pipe cactus National Monument. Around 1947, the pond at Quitobaquito was approximately 2 feet deep, and covered an area up to 0.5 acres. Also over 4,000 feet of irrigation ditches existed, providing water to at least 8 fig trees and 22 pomegranate trees.