We had a late huge lunch and since it was one of the warmer days, decided to go for a drive.  Had to get rid of a dead mouse anyway and to not just waste fuel, we took a few buckets and shovel to bring some cow pies back for the garden.

Along the way to the corral, we saw this fire pit and we got a full bucket of bio char.

At the corral we interrupted the cows’ Thanksgiving snack:

Little Andy (the puppy) bucks like a bull when he sees a cow, he’s hilarious.  Got to take a video of him next time.

It just totally sucks that they killed all the coyote melons growing on the fence and the grass??? growing in the water.   It was at about 6 ft tall and this was a NICE place to visit.  It’s so cool to be in the desert and hear the sound of running water.  But they sure butchered this place.

What amazes me most is that they leave this old rusted metal there.  If MY horses and cows were drinking there, I sure wouldn’t want to risk injuries.  But that’s just typical for Arizona ranchers.

How long does it take to cut that metal off?  30 seconds?

Since it was still warm, we drove out into the desert.  Not really the place to take a dually, but at least we had plenty of spare tires in case of a flat.


I took pictures of these pipes years ago.  Apparently these are the old pipes taking water from the Smith Ranch (now the Grand Canyon West Ranch) to Gold Basin.   I really don’t understand why BLM doesn’t condition grazing leases on CLEAN UP.

It’s truly a disgrace that BLM condones trashing MILES of desert washes and if I had the time, I’d ask BLM what on earth is going on.

We could probably use a couple hundred feet of the plastic tubing, but I don’t know what it takes to piece it together.  Some of the longer pieces were probably about 30 ft or so.  It was getting late and we didn’t have time to check it out, but it looked like 1.5″ diameter and NOT round.  There are also rusted metal pipes (make great flat tires when you drive over one sticking out of the ground) and some broken white PVC for additional desert decoration.

We drove the “pipe-lined” wash up to these boulders with very nice views:

Wish we had planned on this outing and left a lot earlier.  It was nice to be out roaming for a few hours and we didn’t just waste fuel, came back with some char, cow pies and a nice rock.