winter in arizona – 1   7 comments

Posted at 2:28 am in Arizona,Bisbee,desert,sage,shelby

It’s been a very long time since I posted anything to my blog. I had hoped to keep up with it, but then the blog was plagued with technical problems that remained unresolved. I was in Arizona for the winter with just the iPad and a limited net connection, so I abandoned any attempt to sort out the problems.

Anyhow, enough about the technical problems. I’m going to try to pick up where I left off last autumn after finishing the fifth summer of work on the house at Round Hill.

I began the trip to Arizona around the first of November. I’m often asked what I would do if my truck broke down on the way. I’ve thought through several scenarios that include such things as renting a U-Haul van to drive the rest of the way, or even buying another van. However, I try to keep a positive mindset when I set out on my almost 4,000 mile journey. If I didn’t think positively, I’d never be able to make myself go. This trip was no different than the others. I set out with my plan to drive for eight days. I knew where I would stop at the end of each day. However, there’s that saying about the best laid plan. On the first day of travel after setting out from my Mom’s place in Ottawa, about three hours after crossing into the U.S., the truck broke down on the side of the freeway near Batavia, New York. I sized up the situation — the truck had blown a heater hose and lost a lot of coolant. I filled the rad with water as best as I could manage, and used wire and tape to attach the broken hose together (it was a broken off plastic T-fitting). In about eight very short hops to prevent the engine from overheating badly, I managed to drive the last few miles to the Batavia exit and limped into the parking lot of the Days Inn. Fortunately, I got a room for a couple of nights and the next morning, made a couple of calls and had the van towed to a shop for repair. To make a very long story short, I was back on the road within two days — not trusting the van too much — so I spent the first day back on the road, taking the scenic route on toward my next night’s stop in Pennsylvania. Emboldened by no further catastrophes, I got back on the freeway the next morning and followed the rest of my original trip plan.

This winter marked a change in my accommodations. In previous years, I rented a house in the Mule Mountains on the outskirts of Old Bisbee. This winter, I would be living in a cabin in the desert valley, just a few miles from Bisbee. Although I enjoyed all the winters at the Bisbee house, it always felt a little confining as there were steep slopes just beyond the garden. The cabin offered something completely different – a greater feeling of freedom – of being able to just walk out the door and go rambling with the dogs – no one in sight, no cars, no need for leashes. Although it was fairly spartan living, it was comfortable enough. A good bed. A convenient place to cook meals. And terrific views of mountains and incredible skies.

Those who know me well, know that I do most of my cooking outdoors spring through autumn while at the place in Round Hill. Doing so in the desert was old hat for me as I spent several autumns camping my way around Utah, California and southern Oregon. However, the winds tend to be rather challenging at times. Still, it’s not too difficult to produce excellent meals on a gas burner or in the barbecue.

The rewards for roughing it are many. A fabulous 360 view of the sky, with mountain ranges in every direction. Good weather for the most part. Almost absolute silence. The photo just below was taken through the west window while sitting on the bed.

Did I mention the sunrises and sunsets? Cooking in the outdoor kitchen was such a wonderful thing. I never missed a terrific sunset. I could look around while I cut up vegetables, or tossed a stir fry on the bbq, and see all of these amazing things happening in the sky in every direction. It was wonderful. I’ll write some more about last winter in Arizona in the next day or two – then it will be back to the present here in Round Hill.

Written by bev wigney on June 18th, 2015

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  1. Great to read your post tonight. The photos of your sweet cozy home in that sublime setting and your writing made me think of Helen and Scott Nearing and Living the Good Life and of the people who live simply on the more remote of the San Juan Islands. I do remember that desert silence from the time I camped with my sister in Death Valley. Amazing to know that you can cook outside much of the time. Love your outdoor kitchen. Good to know you will be posting again soon and that you had a another good winter in Arizona and are back in Nova Scotia for this part of the year.


    18 Jun 15 at 5:06 am

  2. Love the cabin! That window beside the bed, with nothing but scenery to be seen! Perfect!


    18 Jun 15 at 12:57 pm

  3. Looks like a great place to spend the winter. Beautiful cabin and sky that goes on forever. Love this!

    robin andrea

    18 Jun 15 at 2:05 pm

  4. Love the post!
    You must be happy to have magic canoe up and running again. I know I am!
    Will continue to follow & enjoy all the interesting facts & photo’s.
    You make us all so proud 💞

    Bev Kelsey

    18 Jun 15 at 1:06 pm

  5. Thanks everyone! I hope the blog will remain up and running and that I’ll make good use of it this summer. Now, if I can just figure out why it is holding all the comments for approval! I haven’t asked it to do that, but it thinks I should. Guess I’ll have to live with that for now!

    Bev Wigney

    18 Jun 15 at 1:22 pm

  6. SO glad to see this post. You’ve definitely been missed. I’m not sure I would have known you were back if you hadn’t posted on Newe Dharma Bums. I clicked on your name and followed the link hoping…. 🙂


    18 Jun 15 at 1:29 pm

  7. Hi Gin – Thanks! For many reasons, I’ve been out of the loop with posting on my blog and commenting on others. Hopefully I will be able to keep up with everything now that I’m settled in here at Round Hill!

    bev wigney

    18 Jun 15 at 1:32 pm

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