Thursday, March 27, 2014

Not Your Ordinary Pets

I'm visiting with my brother in Texas. Not any fuzzy, cuddly pets here. This is Kookoo. She's a red-headed amazon parrot they've had for about 35 years. She doesn't talk. She does bite!

This is Kyle who they've had for a dozen years or so. He actually lives on the front porch, but he comes in occasionally to check the place out. Where's he going in such a hurry?

He made a mad dash over to the snake. They're checking out one another here.

Feebee is a corn snake. I would guess she's about 5 or 6 feet in length. 

And this is Dave, a bearded dragon. She's having lunch. 

The backyard is a peaceful and beautiful place to hang out on a sunny day (when it's not too hot!). The lake finally has some water in it after several years of drought. 

I'll be taking off next week to do some touring around the state. Stay tuned.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Fort Huachuca and Tombstone

I'm with the WINs in Sierra Vista and it's great to see everyone here!

One day we went to Fort Huachuca which was established in 1877 and still in use today.

There are a couple museums that are open to the public, one of which is a museum on military intelligence, its history and what is done in present time at Fort Huachuca. There are currently 120 courses in military intelligence taught here.

There was a section of one museum devoted to the Buffalo Soldiers who served here.

There were a lot of displays of the history of the base and this area of the country.

On another day, a bunch of us drove to Tombstone, an old silver mining town. The courthouse museum provided much of the history of the town.

The courtroom.

There's a gallows out back and I thought this "Invitation to a Hanging" was interesting.

Assay equipment and stock from an assay office in Tombstone.

There are several stagecoaches that tour the town.

One of Tombstone's most famous events was the gunfight at the OK Corral. We went to see a re-enactment of sorts.

The three men who died at the shootout were buried at Boot Hill Cemetary along with about 300 others who have been buried here.

This sign was on the outside of one of the shops in Tombstone. Perhaps we should hang one of these wherever a politician is speaking on the campaign trail.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Since I've been hanging out in Scottsdale for a while, I've done taxes, dental appointments, optometry appointment, etc., but mostly I've just been taking it easy, so there hasn't been much to post about.

That said, I thought I'd throw a few pictures up here of the critters that entertain us.

Here's a shot of the view from Martha's patio. There's a golf course on the other side of the waterway there and we like to watch the golfers play and sometimes see the splash of a golf ball hitting the water.

The ducks often come up close to the patio, but are easily spooked.

Gamble's quail.



Peach faced lovebird

We first noticed this fellow out in the yard one night, but it was too dark to get a picture from the distance. I saw him one morning while walking along the golf course. He's a night heron, which explains why we see him in the yard at night.

Lots of bunnies around here too.

We've also seen coyote, egrets, finches, coots and a couple bald eagles, but I rarely have my camera out to capture them.

I'll be back on the road next week and hope to post about some fun adventures while on my way to Texas.