Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Life at the Zoo



For the past couple days our meadow has been filled with a herd of elk. Yesterday the pronghorn joined the party. Along with a big cow. Last night I counted at least 75 elk. What a joy it was to watch the young ones run and play. We may be camping in mud from the daily thunderstorms but this is what makes it all worthwhile.




Last Friday afternoon Debbie heard a click and her solar panels stopped charging the batteries. The display was still reading the battery charge, so she called AM Solar to see if they thought it was the controller. He told her Lazy Daze puts a fuse in the panel, which he thought was unnecessary, and that the fuse probably blew. Unfortunately that meant taking up the solar panel to access it by removing gobs of caulk and screws, not a real easy task.


It rained off and on much of the weekend and they didn’t want to attempt it, but this morning we awoke to brighter skies, so Jim and Debbie got on her roof, lifted the panel, and found the blown fuse. Jim took out the fuse and rewired it so that won’t be an issue for her again. And now if it should happen to us, we know where the fuse is located. Not that Jim wants to have to take up another solar panel.


This will be our last post from the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff. Here are a few other pictures of things we’ve found near our site. Jim sawed off the antlers for Debbie’s dogs. They loved their treats!




I don’t have a problem with people target shooting in the woods, but they could at least pick up their targets and shells.


Dumping in the forest is not an uncommon occurrence, either.  I doubt anyone gets caught, though, as we have yet to see a ranger.


This is a place we would definitely come back to, although probably not in July during the height of monsoon season. Our plan is to head farther west, in search of a dryer place to spend the rest of the summer and fall. We’ll see how that works out…


  1. What an amazing experience to look out of your windows at a herd of Elk. I have serious boondocking/solar envy.

  2. WOW...that is a ton of wildlife!

    Another job done successfully.

    Safe travels.

  3. I have been in this area for a month and a half and have yet to see an elk. Great photos, you folks look right at home on the roof.
    Safe travels, hope to see you on the road.

  4. I got real spoiled with the elk all around when we were staying at Mary's Lake in Estes Park. I don't know how the town survives with elk EVERYWHERE! We even had to stop one day for an elk the was in the road eating the weeds by the curb!! Huge bulls in park with those amazing racks. I was in heaven!

    It was a little scary finding bones for the first time. We saw various parts while hiking on the east side of Zion.

    I am sure it is hard to leave this beautiful location. But the next one will be amazing I am sure.

  5. That many elk is really a great site. Tell Debbie Chica is still gnawing on that antler she gave me. She loves it.