January 28, 2018
I didn't know we were going for a walk so I didn't bring my binoculars or my camera. but after we picked up our 60 lbs of produce ($10 thru produce on wheels, with out waste), a restaurant sized bag of mixed lettuces in the ice chest, a watermelon, 50 roma tomatoes, 30 beefsteaks, 30 zukes, 30 cukes, 6 grapefruits, 25 red/yellow/orange bell peppers...all loaded safely in the trunk, it was so early in the morning, the sun barely up, c suggested a walk since we were out anyway. so we took the long up and down and winding road out to arivaca and stopped at the refuge where we sometimes stop for pee breaks with the samaritans on searches. there's a trail there that leads out to the area where water sometimes collects in the monsoons adding to the small natural springs still bubbling even in the dry season. in the desert, where there's water there are birds. we found lots of them altho we didn't find the great horned owl. we also found 5 deer. we watched one leap straight up and over a barbed wire fence. the second one ducked underneath. they climbed a hill, stopping to look back over their shoulders at us til they reached the edge and dropped over it on the far side. there was a small black and white woodie which I should know the name of but will have to look up again. a male with a bright dot of red on his head, the female smartly feathered in just black and white. lots of lesser goldfinches. the males in just the right morning light were magnificent, how I wished for my camera then. meadowlarks, verdins, pyrrhuloxias, buncos, kestrels (a pair), a red tail in my favorite cottonwood. we stopped for coffee at gadsdens on the way home. good coffee, the owner roasts himself he told me. he also bakes the scones. today there were 2 kinds....orange with chocolate, mango with green chili and lime zest. c chose the latter and we shared it with the coffee sitting inside the small shop as it was still too cool on the covered patio. at the border patrol checkpoint on the way back we had to wait a minute for the roadrunner to slowly cross the road between the agents on either side. the agent on c's side waved us forward but c pointed at the roadrunner in the middle of the road in front of us. we all got a little laugh over it before he waved us on. we were home by 11 to work on all the produce. we'll share the stash with our neighbors, except we kept all of the lettuce and watermelon. I know we'll go thru the lettuce given the amount of salad we consume and c wants to try making watermelon margaritas.
in the evening we drove back south to tubac to sip draft beers and munch on nachos while larry's band played. eventually the couple next to us left and with those professional looking dancers gone, more of us amateurs ventured out to take a turn or two. the propane heatlamps glowed orange and blue and the lights on the band were pink and blue and a half moon took it all in from directly but oh so far overhead.