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Brown Fire

Living in Arizona is so very exciting! We have another wildfire, dubbed the Brown Fire. It began yesterday afternoon (04/13/2014).

I took this yesterday evening, standing just outside my front door looking west.

Brown Wildfire

Brown Wildfire, taken 04/13/2014 early evening.

This morning I walked to the main thoroughfare outside of our subdivision and took this picture (6:45 a.m.).

Brown Wildfire

Brown Wildfire, 04/14/2014, early morning.

And this picture was taken outside my front door about 1:00 p.m.

Brown Wildfire

Brown Wildfire, 04/14/2014, early afternoon.

Here’s the InciWeb link for Brown Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3834/. InciWeb is a great place to keep updated on the progress of fighting the fire, although for the best information, Facebook is THE place to be!

I haven’t begun packing …. Yet!

Scarves and More!

In my last post (was it really 11 days ago?) I showed the yarn I had purchased for Christmas projects. I have finished the two scarves made with that yarn.

I have also made two Snowflake Scarves from the Learn to Do Bavarian Crochet pattern book that I mentioned in my previous post.

They were fun and quick to make. Next up are matching winter hats.

In addition to crocheting, I’ve been cleaning windows and curtains and window blinds. They never got cleaned after our wildfire excitement last summer and you would be amazed at how dirty they were on the inside! Of course, with our evaporative cooling system blowing outside air inside for six months of the year, I guess it is not so amazing that the windows would be that dirty on the inside. I have the windows done in all the main living area, with just the four bedrooms left to do. Those are very large windows with very wide window blinds that I have to hang outside to wash. I will probably finish them up next week, since this week is rather full of Thanksgiving Dinner and company preparations. I haven’t prepared a full-blown Thanksgiving Dinner in several years and am finding the task rather daunting, which is a strange feeling. But then, lately, many things feel daunting. I think the stress and emotional upheavals of this past year are catching up with me, hence the frenetic cleaning and crocheting.

Faraway Ranch at Chiricahua National Monument

Bill and I have talked several times of visiting Fort Bowie, a National Historical Site in the Chiricahua Mountains, but since it entails hiking, which always seems like a lot of work, we had not done so. At least not until last Saturday! For some reason, we both decided that NOW was the time! But first we had to buy a new battery for the Neon and get that installed. And then we needed to find Bill a hat, as hiking in the Arizona sun without a hat is not smart. We didn’t find any in town that suited him, so he said he’d hike without, which I was uneasy about. As we got near the Chiricahuas, we decided to briefly visit the Chiricahua National Monument, see if there was a hat for sale at their visitor’s center, and maybe do a small hike around the lower area of the monument, an area that we’ve not visited before.

Lo and behold the Visitor’s Center did have a hat for Bill, although I had to promise not to take his picture in it! I don’t expect he’ll be wearing it anywhere that he thinks someone he knows might see him, but it did cover his head, so that was what mattered.

We were dismayed to discover that the Horseshoe Two wildfire last spring/summer burned through 100% of the Chiricahua National Monument. All areas pas the Visitor’s Center were closed to the public, due to safety reasons. While much was still green, you could see a lot of fire damage. Fortunately, no buildings were burned, which meant that the Faraway Ranch was intact and, since the Ranch is in the lower area of the Monument, we were able to spend some time there.

Faraway Ranch was the home of Swedish immigrants who settled in the canyon in the late 1880s. By the early 1900s they had a thriving guest house and gave tours of the Chiricahuas. The family (over several generations) was instrumental in gaining National Monument status for the area and their ranch is now a Historic District.

Wildfire Damage

Looking down the lane from the parking lot to Faraway Ranch, with the Chiricahua Mountains in the background.

Faraway Ranch lies in a valley on the edge of the Chiricahua Mountains, which here are just beginning their ascent.

Looking to the south from the front yard of Faraway Ranch

The main house of Faraway Ranch

The bridge leading from the main house to the bunk house

The view from the bridge. If you look closely, you can see brown pines in the distance, evidence of the wildfire.

More evidence of the wildfire.

We have visited Chiricahua National Monument a few times before. If you’d like to see pictures of the upper areas of the Monument, where most of the crazy rock formations are, please visit the following links:

Chiricahua National Monument

More of Chiricahua National Monument

Last of the Chiricahua Pictures

Organ Pipe Formation

Tree at Massai Point

Chiricahua National Monument Entrance

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