We’ve arrived at our base for the summer of 2013 and couldn’t have imagined anything better. After driving hours through Painted Desert and Apache/Navajo country where it’s all shades of dirt with little whirlwinds swirling by and huge pillars of rock randomly jutting up from the earth, we arrived in clean Cortez with shades of green.
And when we arrived at our friends acreage, oh my, were we in for a treat.
We had niggling suspicion of what their place might be like when on our drive we passed fields of farming, started counting horses, spotted bison (domesticated) and deer. We pulled thru their gate to discover their 10 acres sloped to overlook fields, small farms, neighbouring miniature horses, and in the distance are the mountains of Mesa Verda National Park. How pristine. This is high desert and yet their property has underground water (neighbours possibly over-watering?) that keeps their land green and the cottonwoods towering, providing much needed shade. Glorious.
The tent-trailer now houses the four girls plus Laars. Mitchell and Anders are in our pup tent. And Everette and I are in a big ground tent big enough for our bed plus a bunch of stuff we don’t want put down the hill in the tin shed for the mice, nor want filling the van.
The property is on municipal water which we have access to via hoses for drinking and washing dishes. We have use of a washing machine (warm water if you do laundry later in the day and the black hose has heated up the water in the sun) and clothes line. You can imagine how nice this is for a large family, such a boon vs lugging piles of laundry to the laundromat. We don’t do laundry even once a day, but it’s so much easier then how we have been doing it.
There is electricity at The Cabin so we can run our blender, one of our most cherished kitchen items. We used to make smoothies at least once a day (packed with nutrition especially when we made green smoothies), but since hitting the road in October we only got to make smoothies at Squaw Lake in November, and recently for 4 days at our friends place in Cottonwood, Arizona. Now everyday somebody is asking for them, and its nice to be able to provide them, cool and refreshing on a hot day.
Which leads to another gloriously wonderful provision here. Our friends plugged in their extra fridge/freezer just for us. Now we can keep frozen fruits and ice cubes for keeping us cool, and more greens and veggies, etc. Those simple things in life…..oh I appreciate them. Our cooler just doesn’t carry much food for our clan when we have to commit space to a chunk of ice. A fridge is King!
No place for showering. We thought about rigging something up, but our friends bought the family a 6 months pass at the rec centre so we just go there for a swim and a shower. It works just fine.
Well, that’s an intro to where we are based for the summer (2013).