Sunday March 25
left Cottonwood, AZ at 9 AM and got to Winslow, AZ at 11:30 AM. It
is a long hard pull up HW 260 from the Verde Valley. And then
the left turn to HW 87 more up more hill and on over the Coconino National
Forest. But a nice road but so glad we have a Duramax diesel as it handled
it in fine style. This is right next to a mountian road in Colorado. We
are for the night in the Winslow city park. OK OK I will list the
same picture from yesterday of this site.
We went into town and got
a Sunday paper, and when I looked in the bag we had TWO Sunday papers.
Don't know if we paid twice for them as they we in a stack in the Bashas'
food store not out of a machine. Couldn't find the reciept. We gave one
to a fellow RVer in the park who were on their way back to Wisconsin and
had spent the winter in AZ also.
Think we are off to Canyon
De Chelly about 180 miles northeast of Winslow.
On the map it is east of
Chinle. See the green park boundries
We were there many years
ago and look forward to getting back into the sprit of these sacared Indian
grounds. We will respect and tread lightly on their reservation. They have
a free campground and we hope to be able to stay for a night or two while
we learn more about their history. The last time we were there many years
ago it was getting toward sunset and we were on an overlook and a couple
of locals came up we just felt they should be left alone for the spirit
of the moment. We slowly left, so they could have their land back. I think
we got a nod of thanks.
Untill we can get our own
Do visit the Canyon de Chelly
National Monument nps.gov
Canyon de Chelly is unique
among National Park service units, as it is comprised entirely of Navajo
Tribal Trust Land that remains home to the canyon community. NPS works
in partnership with the Navajo Nation to manage park resources and sustain
the living Navajo community.
USA for more info.
Monday March 26
Our campsite in Canyon de
Chelly National Monument. A Free campground in a National Monument.
No entrance fee either.
Terry looking out
on one of the fantastic vistas. People lived in the canyon 1800 years ago.
It does make you take a step back and ponder life and what it ment before
I got the pics up and told
Terry he gets to fill in the blanks so to speak. They have quiet
hours in this campground from 8:30 PM and that time has arrived. For us
it's 7:30 but on the reservation they are doing daylight savings time.
So need to get things shut down. More posts on Tuesday. The campground
is not very full and our neighbor just fired up his generator so we may
leave ours on a bit longer. Our Honda 2000i is quiet don't you know.
The weather is taking a turn
for colder and windy, we shall see if we head out for Navajo Dam tomorrow
or not, if it is not too windy. First report said it was going to
snow with winds of 35 mph and get down to 26. That sounded like a blizzard
to me. Now they have revised the forecast to winds of 39 and chance
of T-storms and low of 33 tonight and low on Tuesday of 26. But to warm
up to the 60's. So who knows what is going to happen. We will get up from
under our two blankets and see what the next move is in the morning. That's
what fulltimers do when not in a rush. Stick up a finger and see how the
wind is blowing. Or with us boot up the computer and see what Weather
Watcher sez is going to happen.
After the road trip to view
the sights we went to Chinle and stopped at Bashes' and got a fresh whole
chicken and Terry is roasting it in the oven. Mashed potatoes and peas.
A great meal on a night that is threatening to turn cold.
Tuesday March 27
by your roving reporter
Having done the South Rim
Drive at Canyon De Chelly yesterday afternoon we decide last night that
there was little reason to stay on in Chinle Az for another day,
Our hope was to arise early and get on the road before the wind came up
Woke up this morning about
6:00, looked out the window, noted how quiet it was, clear skies,
no wind to speak of, and crawled back in to my nice warm nest of
blankets and pillows. By the time we did get up, 8:00 more or less
(mostly more) The wind had come up out of the SW and there was lots
of blowing dust. We decided to stay with the plan, and since the
wind was blowing out of the SW it would not be that big a deal.
Hit the road just before
9:00 this morning and there were times when the tumbleweed were rolling
along almost as fast as the trailer. They looked like some desert
creature hopping along on the side of the road. At other times we
did have to share the road with real live creatures of the hoofed varieties,
horses and Cattle. For the most part they are accustomed to the traffic
and pay no attention when you drive by, but it makes me nervous not knowing
if one of them might bolt in front of the truck.
As we were driving North
out of Chinle on the way to hwy 160 the winds were at their peak for the
day, and there were times when our vision was all but blocked by the dust.
There was so much stuff blowing about that I was wondering if the state
has ever had to bring out the snow plows to clear the drifted sand and
dirt off of the roads?
By the time we reached Hwy
160 and started East the winds had gone down some what and we made fairly
good time arriving at Navajo Dam NM about 1:00. Did not know how
busy the campground might be and wanted to get here early to compete for
any available spots. WE worry to much, the place is fairly
empty, the campground hosts are not even here yet, but they
have turned the water on. After inspecting all of the available sites
we finally found one that gives us afternoon sun, and an unobstructed view
to the South for the Satellite dish.
We are now settled in and
planning to stay here for a couple of weeks. Tomorrow is looking
like it might be a cold and wet day, with wind and rain/possible snow in
the forecast, might be a good day for laundry and shopping in Farmington.
I am getting the fly rods ready, and will dig out the tying kit, waders,
boots, and Vest tonight, after that the fishies need to beware.
Wednesday March 28
by your roving reporter
Wasn't such a bad day,
a bit on the cool side, the temps here only got into the mid 40's for a
high this afternoon, and its going to get into the 20's tonight, we will
be fine, plugged into the campgrounds power, and with plenty of propane
in the tanks the furnace should see us through this bit of cold weather.
Ron and I both have colds,
my recovery is a bit further along then Ron's, and he is constantly complaining
about catching his cold from Me. needless to say we did not get much
done, staying warm and drinking lots of fluids. Had to run
into Navajo Dam and try to find more orange juice this afternoon.
The two little stores only had the single serving sizes of oj, or
you could get frozen. We got a can of frozen and it will see us through
till morning. I also asked about a fishing license and they
said the new licenses will be in tomorrow. My old lisc from last
yr will expire on the 31st, hope they have the new lisc before
Thursday we will have to
go into Aztec and Farmington for a few supplies, running low on cough
syrup, decongestants, orange juice and a few other things. While
in town will get a few groceries and specialty items for tomorrow nitghts
supper. I am going to try and make a southwestern style soup called
posole, which uses dried hominy, pork, chilies and a few other ingredients
that I don't have in the pantry. A nice steaming bowl of soup is
just the thing that Ron and I need to clear our heads, the chilies
might help also?
Thursday March 29
by your roving reporter
The weather seems to
improve a bit each day, by the weekend its supposed to be back to normal
temps, and be wonderful. A few minutes ago with the sun shine streaming
in from the west under the clouds we did get a few very large and fluffy
snow flakes. Currently our temperature is setting at 45 deg, with
Ron and I are still suffering
through our colds, mine is much better, and with temps going into
the 60's tomorrow it will be time to go fishing. Have not wanted
to be outside to much and aggravate the colds, but the weather has not
been stopping all of the neighbors in the campground. We heard a
report that the trout were actively rising this morning, always a good
Made a batch of potato rolls
this afternoon, couldn't just set around all day watching tv and surfing
the net without feeling some guilt. Probably should have vacuumed
while setting here with shore power, but somehow did not quite get around
to that little chore, perhaps you know how it is with those little
odd chores that seem to get put off all the time.
I do not have a recipe for
the rolls, its more of an improvised recipe, a bit of this and that.
The basic recipe starts with 1 c hot boiled potato. run the potato
through a sieve to get all the lumps out. add 3 T margarine to hot
potato, along with 1 C potato water and 2 T sugar, allow to cool slightly
and beat in two eggs, 1/3 C powered milk and 1 1/2 t yeast. Allow
the yeast to proof for 10 to 15 minutes, then mix in enough flour to make
a medium dough 2-3 C of flour.
Allow the dough to rest for
ten minutes, then knead until smooth and elastic. Place the dough
in a greased bowl. Allow dough to rise until doubled in bulk, form
into rolls, allow to rise for the second time. Bake in pre heated
350 deg oven.
When working with a RV oven
you probably should put a layer of alum foil under your baking sheet
to keep the bottoms of the rolls from getting too dark before the rolls
tops are properly browned. Remember to put the dull side of the foil
down and the shiny side against the pan. Allow to cool if possible
and enjoy with lots of margarine. These rolls are also very good
for breakfast with margarine and jelly.
With a gourmet batch
of rolls we have decided on Salisbury steak and a salad for supper.
Will have to post the Salisbury steak recipe later.
Monday April 2
by your roving reporter
Our campground is like a
tide pool on a weekly cycle. the tide of campers rolls in on Thursday
and Friday and rolls out on Sunday. Over the week end the campground
was full, today there are but a handful of occupied sites.
Those campers left all seem to be here for the long haul.
Picked up my fishing license
over the weekend, and have gone out the last couple of days. On Sunday
there were a lot of people out fishing. Our campground Neighbor Bob
P and I went out Sunday afternoon to the Simon Canyon access and
after a couple hours of hard fishing I was able to hook up and land a Brown
Trout of about 15". Bob remarked that it was the only fish he saw
caught on Sunday.
Today Bob and I went to the
Upper Flats section and stumbled around in the willow thickets. I
hate the upper flats, very shallow water, lots of slippery rocks
to walk on ultra finicky trout and all those willow thickets. The
only thing that saves the Upper Flats is the fact that there are some very
large trout holed up there. Found a small pocket of water that had
not been disturbed today and there were several trout feeding. The
first fish hooked up and ran out of the pool so the other fish were not
disturbed, I was able to land this fish and it was a brown trout
about 16" in length. the second fish was as nice as the first, but
chose to make a commotion in the pool I was fishing, the other fish
scattered and my fish broke off as I was trying to land it, technically
I was able to land it since I had the tippet in hand. Was unable
to get anything else for the day, but with two nice fish to play with I
will count that as a good day.
Learned of a couple new areas
to fish, and will check them out in the next few days, daily reports
Thursday April 5
by your roving reporter
"Daily reports to follow."
Guess I got carried away by my enthusiasm in the last post. We have
been getting relaxed, and having a good time here in Navajo Dam, so much
so that the postings have been a little slow in coming.
Since my last post Sandy
& Bob (our neighbors) and I have been back to Simon Canyon to fish,
and for an afternoons worth of sloshing around in the river have nothing
to show for it. We had intended to fish the area Between Simon Canyon
and the Boat take out ramp, but when we looked there were a couple of people
already fishing there, and the water looked rather barren. So we went back
to Simon Canyon.
Had heard reports that the
fish when they were taking anything at all were preferring red lures above,
guess its time to tie a few more flies. The other excuses given
for the slow fishing is "Navajo Reservoir is in the process of turning
over and that has caused the water to be off color with a lot of food being
stirred up and in the water column." One guide stated "you have to
hit the fish in the head with your fly to get a take."
So much for the fishing report.
Repairing my leader prior
to fishing Simon Canyon yesterday, as you can see we have moved in,
will have to tidy up the campsite this afternoon after I finish with this
Overnight the the water system
in the campground went down, the water tank on the bluff also emptied out
due to a defective relay on a valve. The Ranger has been working
on the pump and electrical system this morning and is trying to get water
service restored. When he was last seen, all of the mechanical and
electrical systems had been restored, and it was now just a matter of refilling
the 20,000 gal tank on top of the hill. I had filled our trailer
tanks yesterday and for now have no need to get excited. Thinking
about topping off the tank prior to this weekend in case any further problems
Did dishes early today,
cleaned kitchen and stove and Vacuumed the carpet, and will sweep out the
Truck later. Trying to make amends for a minor disaster last night for
supper, promised spaghetti then did not have any spaghetti sauce--
caught heck for that little gaffe, need to get a better handle on
what's in the pantry. Might have to work up an inventory system like I
have for the rock I use at the lapidary club.
Had a small campfire last
night, one of the recreational type of campfires, a place to
gather and talk to the neighbors, something to contemplate between conversation,
and a place to gaze into for inspiration. God knows we did not need
it for the heat, the temps were in the mid 70's an perfect.
Ron had found the wood abandoned at another campsite, and quickly claimed
it before anyone else could come along and drag it off. The stuff
is mostly cedar and smells so nice when its burning, almost like incense.
Friday April 6
by your roving reporter
Went for groceries in Farmington
today, a bit of recreational grocery shopping. Every time we do it
we swear we will never ever do it again, at least for a couple of weeks.
Hit the Super Wal-Mart in Farmington for $150.00 worth of groceries today,
I had a grocery list, but when we finally rang out it seemed like
there was an awful lot that did not appear on the list. Oh well,
its all stuff that we will be needing sometime. Did splurge and got
a spiral sliced ham for Dinner on Sunday. Will make rolls tomorrow,
and we are planning on dutch oven baked lima beans as the principle side
dish, along with scalloped potatoes. Sounds more like the menu for a Fourth
of July picnic then Easter dinner.
Had a campfire this evening,
threw a wax log into the fire pit, then a real log that we picked up. It
was a beautiful evening, and it looks like it could be a great weekend.
the campground has been steadily filling al day, the only sites left
are a couple of reseravable sites, they may yet fill tonight.
Debated our upcoming schedule,
and think tomorrow will be a fishing day, Monday we have to take the truck
in for service, and we want to hit Durango sometime before we leave.
Heard the Fish are starting
to hit on very tiny dry flies around three in the afternoon, looks
like its time to tie a few more flies and get ready to fish tomorrow.
Saturday April 7
by your roving reporter
Today the sun shone-part
of the time- it was warm and there was a gentle breeze-in between the gusts,
just another day in paradise. Its looking like a big weekend for
the Cottonwood Campground, all the sites are full. Reinforces the
wisdom of landing before the weekend, doubly so on event weekends. Will
be setting out tomorrow watching all of the weekend warriors packing up
and heading home, and the few of us remaining will be left to enjoy the
Another meeting around the
campfire, our neighbors came over and we treated them to Fry bread.
Will have more fry bread tonight when I make fry bread tacos for supper.
The pork in salsa verde (green chili) is in the oven slow cooking, and
with refried beans and lettuce will make a nice taco. (Ron's opinion
of the pork in salsa verde is a bit different then mine).
Looks like a gourmet taco to me!
Bob, our neighbor went fishing
for a bit this evening, returning empty handed. I went for a while
also to no avail. One of these days the planets will align and the
fish will start to bite, one can only hope. The latest must
have fly we heard was a red midge larva. The fish are also feeding
on the surface on a very tiny dark dry fly. Tomorrow I will have to try
again and see if I can catch anything, I have a reputation to protect.
Will have to get my fishing
in as I can, as I have promised Ron Dutch oven baked beans,
baked ham and scalloped potatoes for Easter Dinner. Think we are
going to try and eat mid afternoon. The best part of the meal will
be all that leftover ham. Ham sandwiches, ham and eggs ham and cheese
omelets, ham for nibbling, ham for midnight snacks, sorry about that
I was obsessing.