Sunday Sermon

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

Roald Dahl




-Roald Dahl

La Sal Mountains: Spring Snow

Last Tuesday, we hauled all our stuff north to Moab (as pictured yesterday). It was really exciting to see some real snow covered mountains as a change from southern Arizona!

La Sal Mountains

Getting a glimpse of the mountains from the road was enough for us to venture up into them for the afternoon so we grabbed a lunch, loaded Sprocket in the jeep, and away we went. We headed up La Sal Pass road which climbed quickly into the mountains.

Sprocket and Forrest in jeep

Sprocket was very, very happy to be out playing in the mountains. He could hardly contain himself in the jeep, sticking his head over my shoulder for optimal sniffing capabilities.

Sprocket in Jeep

Mt. Peale

When the snow drifts over the road stopped us, we started hiking. Sprocket immediately ran to the nearest patch of snow and did his usual crazy dog act:

Sprocket in the snow

Forrest and Sprocket

Forrest and Sprocket

Mountain pines

The views from our hike were pretty incredible:

Abajo Mountains from the La Sals

Hiking in the La Sals

Cacti of the Week: Nightblooming Cereus

Nightblooming cereus

Nightblooming cereus
Peniocereus greggii

Nightblooming cereus is also known as “Arizona queen of the night” and “Reina de la noche.”

I’ve only seen this cactus once but apparently this cactus likes to grow underneath ironwood, creosote, and other bushes making it’s few, thin, stems hard to spot.

Nightblooming cereus

Nightblooming cereus is most famous for its white, cream, or pinkish strongly scented flowers. The flowers bloom after dark sometime in June or July and wither by morning.

Nightblooming cereus

Nightblooming cereus

Sunday Sermon

“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely, in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘Holy shit, what a ride!'”

Hunter S. Thompson





-Hunter S. Thompson

Scamp Shakedown, Part 2

In the morning, we got a pretty slow start. I took some pictures, we drank coffee, Sylvia made us pancakes, and we packed up camp before heading out for a hike around the valley.

Sprocket camping

Arizona sunrise

Disfigured Saguaro


Forrest climbing in hidden valley

Pink fishhook spines

Fishhook barrel flowers

Stick bug

Hidden Valley

Forrest and Sprocket

Solitary saguaro

Forrest and Sprocket

Fishhook cactus on a rock

When we arrived back at camp, we all loaded back into the Jeep and headed for Ajo. Along the way, Forrest stopped to test the Scamp on some more angles to get a better idea of its capabilities.

Sprocket and Blue

Testing the Scamp

Scamp Shakedown, Part 1

Last week, we took the Scamp out for it’s first camping adventure. We’d slept in it in town a couple of nights but with the new axle set up in place, it was time to take it out in the desert for a bit of a test run. Sylvia and her dog Blue joined us for the adventure and toasting to good times in the Scamp.

Toasting welcome to the Scamp

Hidden Valley

We headed out to a secret desert location. I rode in the Scamp to watch how our packing job held up to a rocky road while Forrest, Sylvia, and the dogs rode in the jeep. At our perfect little camp, we took the opportunity to just relax after a hectic week of buying & moving into the Scamp, selling the van, and taking care of projects.

I decided to attempt making skillet pizza for dinner. The pizzas turned out yummy but the recipe needs a bit of refining before I share it here. It was nice to discover that at least three people can quite comfortably eat in the Scamp. Here’s hoping it’s the first of many Scamp “dinner parties.”

Cooking in the Scamp

Scamp dinner party

Dinner party in the Scamp

Beth cooking in the Scamp

Beth cooking in the Scamp

Tow Rig Checkup

When we sold the van, the Jeep lost its status as a “toad” (RV world speak for the “towed vehicle”) and became our tow rig. Since we had access to a lift and some time, F decided it was time to give it a bit of attention before we hit the road. In the space of a morning with some help from a friend, we replaced the clutch, put in a new muffler, and replaced the rear shocks.

While we were busy, our pup was patiently waiting for the adventures to start: