It is another beautiful Saturday morning in southern Arizona. After checking email and browsing the web a bit, of course with a pot of coffee, Rhonda soon reminds me it is time to go to ‘work’.
So I grab my jacket, (it is a typical 65 degrees with a slight breeze) my inflatable life vest, my hat and prepare for the 75’ commute (walk) to the visitor center. Today I decided to take the camera. My assigned duties for Saturday are to be the boat Captain. We have tours Friday evening and throughout the day Saturday and Sunday.
About a half hour passes and the first group has arrived. A birding tour takes us to the east end of the lake. There is an interpretive guide and the captain (me).
The Boat is ready and waiting.
Good thing I drive the boat, about the only thing I could add to a birding tour is that my best success has always been at Popeye’s or KFC.
The first group gets ready.
We did the Twilight tour yesterday evening, a boat ride around the perimeter of entire lake, just before/during sunset. Today it is two morning Avian and two Discovery tours. Avian is a loop encompassing the east end of the lake and is focused on seeing the variety of birds migrating through here. The Discovery tour is anything the passengers want to know about the lake. The West end which includes the dam and spillway along with the majority of boat in campsites.
Now if I did not say it before I’ll clear it up now, I am not much of a birder. I really enjoy the challenge of capturing a good picture (something I sorely need to work on) but I can’t identify one bird from the other. (they all taste like chicken, KIDDING) I did take the camera today but since I have to be the captain of the boat there was not much of an opportunity to really devote to taking good pictures (or trying to). Regardless, here are a few mediocre ones from the captain’s chair anyway.
The fishing tournaments are scheduled every weekend now. Surprising to see how many dogs are along for the fun. The Boston Terrier’s people won $850.oo and that was not first place. The Terrier was howlin’ happy, happy, happy though.
The Crappie, all I am truly interested in catching, still have not really ‘turned on’ and the closer we get to April the less inclined I am to buy the out of state tag, I’ll get one when we get to Colorado, it will pay off there for sure.
Tons of fun on the water with kayaks, paddle boats, canoes and pontoons that can be rented. Of course a lot of folks launch their own craft as well, and just about anything that can be towed or hauled on a rack or in a bag can be seen on the water at anytime.
For a lake that is only two miles long and half of it is no wake, it is amazing to see what is running around in here sometimes.
So we ended the day with a group of high school kids, nature club out exploring the area. Then with the boat locked and docked it was back to the Visitor Center to return the keys and radio and go back to the fiver to dump the tanks.
The resident Rock Squirrel had company and both of them were munching on bird seed that falls from the bird feeder above.
Rhonda had held down the fort quite well but was also ready to call it a day when I got back over to the VC. We are headed back tonight for the Sat. evening program, ‘Making Peace with Cochise’ reenacted by a fellow volunteer. Should be interesting.
The life jackets are back on the rack and ready. Tomorrow and the following three days we are off. What to do… Hmmmm, we’ll figure something out, stay tuned.
I know, it’s a tough life but somebody has to do it.
Remember you gotta TurnWhenTheRoadDoes.