Saturday, January 26, 2013

Coyotes and coyotes - living in the Sonoran Desert

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Annie grabbed her smartphone (Computer Age girl) and I grabbed my stick (Middle-Aged girl), and we set out for a walk.

I didn't include this for its photographic splendor.
Howdya do?
Howdya do!
Best be going!
Yep, me too.

This area planned to be a housing development. We knew better, so it was good to have Annie's newfangled find-yourself-thing. We ended up bushwhacking our way home. We were so invigorated that we jumped into the Tracker and bumped off down a "road."





Finally, I understand the backpacks (thanks, Lucy). Coyotes sell these "survival packs" (bottles of electrolyte solution, cans of food, a dollar-store can opener) on the other side of the border. They get hopeful immigrants to the US side, point toward a city 60 miles away, and buena suerte.





A couple of miles down the "road" a pair of big dogs headed after us and chased us, with intent, for a mile. We were not on foot. 

 
Darrell and Lucy came out to the site and got us level! No simple chore, since our hydraulic levelers have never worked. Although they dismissed it as no big deal, this extra work they did to make us comfortable was just for us. They did a custom leveling job. Guys, we love being parked here, and we THANK YOU.
















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30 comments:

Pat said...

I'm thinking one could sell illegal immigrant backpacks on eBay. Every kid would want one.

The Good Luck Duck said...

I can hook you up, Pat.

Gaelyn said...

Dang, that's some driveway you got.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Right, Gaelyn? Pretty sweet.

Soaring Sun said...

Backpacks are one of the higher scoring items in the game of Sonoran Desert Bingo that Steve and I devised.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Ha! What are the other items? I found pants and a sweatshirt - what do I get for that?

SwankieWheels said...

I like it.

klbexplores said...

At the very least they could be used again for another life! Recycling at it finest!

The Good Luck Duck said...

It's great here, Swankie.

Karen, that's a good point. Some of them are already being reclaimed by the desert.

Cheshire Cats Capers said...

I hate finding backpacks & stuff when we're hiking. While it doesn't stop us, it does make us, me especially, more cautious and wonder who exactly is out there

The Good Luck Duck said...

Caution is good. But, a discarded backpack is mostly evidence of a thirsty person who doesn't want to be seen, and has moved on. If you see a backpack full of money, that's a different animal.

Donna K said...

Guess those dogs got their exercise giving chase to a couple of Ducks!!

The Good Luck Duck said...

And they're great trackers, Donna! They found us at home, and have been hanging out in our yard for an hour now.

Completely unrelated: dogs like cat food!

Allison said...

Those are good friends to have. Custom leveling!

Sherry said...

You guys are having all the fun. Finding cache without GPS - nice going. It's always good to have level headed friends with desert hideaways. I R not 1.

heyduke50 said...

i didn't realize that coyotes favorite color was blue...

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

I'd be afraid to venture out if I were you. Coyotes would find a duck a tasty snack. :cO

intrepid-decrepit-traveler said...

Are you guys out there by yourselves? I mean, are others parked anywhere nearby? R U safe were U R?

I kinda like the furry coyote better than the ones on two legs. How about you?

ps: We made it out of TX... and into Louisiana!

intrepid-decrepit-traveler said...

That should read: R U safe where U R?

Soaring Sun said...

Roxanne, Steve and I played Sonoran Desert bingo many times along the 120 miles of road from Tucson to Why and back again.

Hawks were very common (I once spotted 27 of them along that stretch of highway and thought about changing my name to Spots Hawks Soaring Sun, but it doesn't really trip off the tongue lightly, does it?), so they were only worth a point apiece.

Cattle and horses were about 5 points, if I remember. Wild burros, maybe 10. Border patrols on those little 4-wheelers, about 10. Border patrols on 4-wheelers stopping to get gas or air, 20. Illegal aliens, 20 points. The biggest scoring item was so politically incorrect, I can't write it here. But I'll tell you when I see you, which I hope will be soon.

I'm heading for AZ in a couple of weeks to visit Steve and hope I'll see the Duck along the way. That would be worth about a gazillion points. I'll email you when it gets closer to my departure.

Soaring Sun said...

Oh, I forgot--coyotes were 5 points apiece if alive. Coyote roadkill, just 1 point.

Anonymous said...

Out about five miles beyond the Five Pointsf fire station, you'll see a right curve in the road and a dusty dirt road going straight. (Can't recall the name of it, though.) It's in THOSE washes that the Coyotes have lots of hidden spots for their people. Their Coyotes tell them to discard anything that looks like they carried it from another country. So there are large areas where the backpacks, plastic bottles, old jackets and other clothing are just dropped where they left them before their "ride" comes along to take them into Tucson where they fade seamlessly into the population. If you go looking for those places, you'll find them but I don't recommend it.

Emjay

JO said...

They sure gave you a great place all to yourselves. Really pretty out there. Great people those 2.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Wow, that sounds kinda scary, Emjay. I think I know where you mean, unless you mean another place. I'm not especially afraid of people just trying to make a different life for themselves, but I don't need to court trouble, either.

Sue, I can't wait to hear the Bill Maher version. We'll be waiting!

Nickie, thanks for asking. Are any of us safe where we are? I don't need to tell you what I mean - you're in Louisiana! :D I imagine we're safer than we'd be in metropolitan Tucson, statistically speaking.

The Good Luck Duck said...

I agree, Allison and Jo. Nice people, nice place.

Sherry, these sorts of things can't be planned. We met people who were very generous to near-strangers.

Heyduke, there's almost no end to what you can learn out here.

Paul and Marti, your mouth to my ear. I'm hoping the feathers tickle their noses.

154275 said...

Youremind us again how beautiful and colorful the desert is.

judilyn said...

The beauty of the desert never fails to inspire me.

Hope you have a pleasant stay - seems like you are starting to "nest" in our area. Highly recommended. Easy to move a bit higher when the heat sets in.

Desert Diva said...

As usual, you two have found a beautiful place to camp.

You might be interested in this site:
http://www.tucsonsamaritans.org/go-on-a-desert-trip.html

The Good Luck Duck said...

Cheryl, thank you for this information.

Judie, it's a beautiful area. We do love it here.

Rodney, it's endlessly breathtaking, isn't it?

Danielle said...

Love the desert. I have been all over Arizona and somewhat of New Mexico, and now that we are in an RV I want to go over it all over again!

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