Saturday, June 27, 2015

Los Burros Trail

Currently up at 9500 feet, but heres a hike I did a few weeks ago while at Los burros campground loop is 14 miles moderate inclines, and there is a shortcut if the whole loop is to long. Cutting the distance down to 9 miles.

 Mere minutes on the trail I ran across a man claiming he had just come across a wolf, then moments later another guy who had just seen a mountain lion chase down a elk. 

Couldn't help but think these two fellers were in cahoots trying to scare a green horn outta the forest. It almost worked, but got to thinking my drive into town is probably 10 times more deadly then a hike in the mountains. In the end I made it! Not without some aching feet. Heres a few more pics

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Mountain Lake Lookout hike

Picture from the trail with tower barely visible. Trailhead leaves Los Burros Campground about a 7 mile hike unless your following me turned out to be about 11. Someone had knocked over the sign pointing the way dam vandals. Eventually ran into a group of ATV'ers who put me on the right track. Elevation gains about 550' . Heres a few more pics....

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Back to Burros

Been many many moons since I been back to Los Burros. One of my favorite spots just never able to get internet. This being my first year up here with my Yagi Antenna figured Id give it a shot. Success!!! Not blazing 4G, but I was able to muster up 3 bars of 3G enough to feed my internet addiction for a bit.

Los Burros was the Ranger Station back in 1909-1910 Ranger rode his horse daily to the top of Mountain Lake Lookout to check for fires. Not sure how they battled forest fires back then. Considering we struggle today with all of our modern equipment. Took the 3 1/2 mile hike up to the look out, but will get to that in a later post. Heres a few more pics of Los Burros

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Crazy People

My stay at the Mesa has finally come to a end. After 2 months of unseasonable weather I've sat through snow, rain, and sleet. The temps are finally driving me to the higher altitudes. Spending most morning's hiking across, what seems to be a almost forgotten part of America. One can't help but wonder where is everybody? Land can be purchased next to nothing. Zoning laws seem almost non-existent, and a mere 20 mile trip to almost anything one could desire.

Yet on a recent trip to town I mention the location of my property to a local. Why would you wanna be out there with all the crazies? Do you have water? Is there electricity? To which I replied "Yup got both of them, and as far as the crazies, there everywhere, that just depends on your perception of normal". I then received a blank stare followed by a chuckle further back. Perhaps if I were belly up to the bar I would I have tried to explain a life outside the box, but since my last item had been bagged I simply said" Have a good day!" Heres a few pics......

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Home on the Mesa

 When I arrived back to The Mesa on April 2nd the days were sunny, and creeping into the 80's. Since then its been a slow decline, with at least a few drops of rain each day, then finally waking up to this ^^^^ just this morning. Which is great the mountains up here need it, keeps the forest service happy as well.

I've spent the last 5 weeks making plans to build a off the grid compound,or home, but compound sounds much cooler. Complete with shipping container home, green house, 1500 gallon water catchment system, farm animals, and enough solar to run the whole operation. Many phone calls and days later the whole set-up would cost about 7 to 8 thousand. Not to bad for a compound.

 The whole idea seemed fantastic until reality crept in, or maybe the beer wore off? Either way,that trip into the mountains, or down to the desert would become a 1 week hassle instead of a 3 month adventure. That's when this quote bubbled into my melon.

"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from."
                                          -Seth Godin

So yup pretty much ixnayed the whole idea for now. One day perhaps when my feet ain't so itchy, but for now I can see my summer hideout up near 10000ft from the Mesa, and i'll be on my way if it ever warms up. Heres a few more pics.....