Saturday, May 08, 2010


Last weekend we went to the Grand Canyon. Its still bloody Grand in case you were wondering if it lost any of its Kaibab shista shine. Still there.

Hal hadn't been yet. The One Place to take him was This Place.
I mentioned it at work we were going the next day. A few had never been and the few that had been went "ehh kinda cool but i would bother going again and really not that interesting.." and other sad noises of that ilk.

I have been there a lot and it always makes me fall in love.
A big part of it is taking new visitors, i get all puffed up and proud showing it off. Its less than 2hrs from home and its freaking awesome!
I can kinda understand (sorta) that once you are on the rim then that's it. You came, you looked, you photographed, you carried on. But there is so much more.

Its Spring. Sunny for weeks. Walking the dogs on the mesa, they had smaller and diminishing patches of snow to wallow in. Roo loves the snow wallow.
All snow is gone now and green is budding.
Then it snows...out of the blue...and all the poor little buds get snap frozen.
We were worried that the fog and snow could sock the canyon in and there would be no visibility.

It turned out to be one of the best days I have spent there.
The light and shadow was amazing. It would be sunny, then snowy, then the fog would roll through, then the sun would break out, rinse and repeat.

We had a good long walk along the rim and a chilly edged picnic, with resident Raven looking for noms.

Hal seemed impressed, and by god he better be, or in the best Tradition of Ripping Yarns 'there would be a damn good thrashing'

Listened to "Good Omens" on the Ipod there and back ( just about to meet the devil dog when we got home).

This weekend just gone Hal played 3 games of U19's Rugby Union. Mike and a few other Landsharks - the men's rugger team up here, started it this year. We kinda coerced Hal into playing. He went along with it to humor us at first but now wants to keep playing when he gets home.

Sorry AJ...your deprogramming sessions may meet with actual resistance.

He has been having fun and he is uber Line Out boy so that makes him feel pretty good.
Teams from Phoenix and Las Vegas came up the hill to play.
Go Mighty CobraFists.
They won 1 game out of 3, and held their own pretty well.
Most of the players are pretty new at this. Rubgy not being a normal American sport. The lads all played well and were good sports.
I managed to leave work early just so I could see him play. It was fun, cheering and yelling. I have no idea of the rules but I did my fair share of egging on.
Next weekend they are going to Albuquerque for a tournyment. I have to work :( but Rob and everyone else is going.

Now it turns out its probably good I'm staying at home...I guess.
I brought 3 tiny pups home to foster today. They are asleep next to me on the lounge. They came from the bottom of the Grand Canyon from the Havasupai. About 5 weeks old and we named them 'Firefly', 'Kaylee' and 'River Tam' (photos incoming soon).

3 weeks till the kiddo goes back to the Mother Land. May even miss him a tad.