Archive for February, 2014

Feb. 7-Part Two – Hovatter Road

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

We took a different route back to camp from Hoodoo Well, we didn’t want to drive down Red Rock Pass! We decided to rely on the Garmin GPS as well as our Kofa map and our Arizona Gazetteer to help us negotiate Hovatter Road. A bonus of this route was finding the Hovatter Homestead. The family of Ray & Barbara Hovatter and their 3 daughters lived here, just inside the border of the Kofa Wildlife Refuge, from 1951 to 1974. More of the story HERE.

The saguaro lined driveway of the Hovatter homestead.

The saguaro lined driveway of the Hovatter homestead.

The gravesite of Ray Hovatter and his stepdaughter Lindsay, overlooking the 'camp' as they called it.

The gravesite of Ray Hovatter and his stepdaughter Lindsay, overlooking the ‘camp’ as they called it.

More of the 'hobby garden' planted by Mrs. Hovatter.

More of the ‘hobby garden’ planted by Mrs. Hovatter.

The long beautiful road home!

The long beautiful road home!

Driving home into the sunset.

Driving home into the sunset.

Feb. 7 – Kofa Manganese Road

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

We went on a great adventure today! Our goal was Hoodoo Well and the cabin near it. About 20 miles on 4 wheel drive tracks, over the rutted Red Rock Pass and down into Hoodoo wash got us there for a great lunch on the small porch of the cabin.

Climbing Red Rock Pass

Climbing Red Rock Pass

Looking back from the top of Red Rock Pass.

Looking back from the top of Red Rock Pass.

Hoodoo well on the right, the line cabin on the left.

Hoodoo well on the right, the line cabin on the left.

The line cabin, ready for occupancy!

The line cabin, ready for occupancy!

The explanatory plaque.

The explanatory plaque.

Feb. 4 – A Busy Day

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

This morning we walked 8 miles round trip on what we call the ‘fenceline road’ that divides the wildlife refuge from BLM land, avoiding the cattle that are allowed on the BLM side of the fence.

Maintenance on the barbed wire fence must be arduous!

Maintenance on the barbed wire fence must be arduous!

Mavrik was happy to be out walking finally!

Mavrik was happy to be out walking finally!

The walk must have energized me because I went all domestic when we got back. I started a batch of baguette dough in the bread machine, heated up some homemade beef barley soup for lunch and vacuumed the camper and rugs!

The finished baguettes, garlic no less! If you could only get a whiff of the fragrance!

The finished baguettes, garlic no less! If you could only get a whiff of the fragrance!

Feb. 1 – Back to Town

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Another run to town to re-supply!

We found a new watering hole!

We found a new watering hole!

But it seems we're a day too early!

But it seems we’re a day too early!

 

Jan. 31 – Cactus

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
This cactus near camp supports a large nest, didn't see any occupants though.

This cactus near camp supports a large nest, didn’t see any occupants though.

Another nearby saguaro sported a smaller nest, but an interesting profile.

Another nearby saguaro sported a smaller nest, but an interesting profile.

 

Jan. 30 – New Water Well

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Near the Kofa Cabin is the New Water Well, one of many wells in the Refuge that predate wilderness designation (some even predate Wildlife Refuge designation).

Driving on Wilbanks Road back to Kofa Cabin & New Water Well.

Driving on Wilbanks Road back to Kofa Cabin & New Water Well.

The watering trough ramada appears to be an oasis in the desert, surrounded and shaded by trees.

The watering trough ramada appears to be an oasis in the desert, surrounded and shaded by trees.

The windmill pumping the well is framed by weather worn tree limbs.

The windmill pumping the well is framed by weather worn tree limbs.

 

 

Jan. 29 – Alamo Spring

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Not all water sources in Kofa are developed. Alamo Spring on Wilbanks road just seeps out from under rocks into the wash that is the road!

Just past the Kofa Monument, back in the road/wash the surprising discovery of water!

Just past the Kofa Monument, back in the road/wash the surprising discovery of water!

It must be a continuous supply of water for the algae to be so thick!

It must be a continuous supply of water for the algae to be so thick!

 

Jan. 28 – Kofa Monument

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

From the campsite we’re at now we can drive to new areas in the Kofa Wildlife Refuge. We loaded the Jeepster up with supplies necessary if we get stuck out there, food, water, warmer clothes, etc. and headed out to explore. We found our way to the Kofa Cabin (which we visited Dec. 15, 2013) then continued south on Wilbanks Road towards the Kofa Monument. Driving quite a way in a gravelly wash, probably the best way to get through the Kofa Mountains, we nearly missed the sharp turnoff uphill to the monument.

The rock monument is on a hill surrounded by mountains.

The rock monument is on a hill surrounded by mountains.

The Mavrik photo!

The Mavrik photo!

The inscription plaque.

The inscription plaque.

Jan. 26 – NE Corner of Kofa

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

We moved to a new area we haven’t visited before that gives us access to the northeast corner of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. The New Water Mountains are the dominant range here and mostly encompassed in a wilderness area.

The New Water Mountains.

The New Water Mountains.

The obligatory saguaro picture!

The obligatory saguaro picture!

 

Jan. 22 – First Blue Boy Trip!

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

We moved closer to town to re-supply, get fresh water and dump our ‘used’ water. The rack for the back of the Jeepster was modified for just this purpose, so we can dump into the “Blue Boy” and avoid driving the camper all the way to the dump station. We also brought along containers for fresh water, and the laundry to do in town. It was such a pleasant day we rolled the windows and the back up for the safari effect!

Going to town Safari Style!

Going to town Safari Style!