What a difference a week makes!
At the time of my last post we had beautiful weather, around 82F after which it got real hot for about a week, somewhere around 92F(31C)! I actually had the air conditioning running in the afternoons, something we very seldom do.
And now we're having a cold spell at only 60F(15C)!
Last night it was very cold, 33F(1C), we had the heather on standby and I put some extra blankets on. Brrr! This morning I put my flannel sheets back on :-)
What makes it really chilly is a hard wind blowing from the north and everything is flying that's not anchored down.
Oh well, I guess it's better than the snow they had in the higher elevations. Yep, even in Arizona it snows. I'm happy we made sure we choose a lower elevation for this winter.
Last week, when it was still nice and warm, we visited the little town of Oatman, just 13 miles from here.
It's on the old Highway Route 66, something they're fiercely proud of here in Arizona.
It's an old (gold)mining town that has managed to stay on the map as a tourist attraction for people coming to the gambling towns of Laughlin and Bullhead city.
After a few other names, Oatman was named in the posthumous honor of Olive Oatman, a young Illinois girl who was kidnapped by (presumably) Yavapai Indians and forced to work as a slave. She was later traded to Mohave Indians who adopted her as a daughter and had her face tattooed in the custom of the tribe. She was released in 1855 near the current site of the town.
Wild burros freely roam the town and can be hand-fed carrots and "burro chow," both readily available in practically every store in town. Though normally gentle, the burros are in fact wild and signs posted throughout Oatman advise visitors to exercise caution.
They can be very 'pushy'!
In place of the horses of the old days the town now tends to draw a wide variety of Motorcycle Clubs and Old timer car clubs because of it's location on Route 66.
It certainly is very picturesque.
The babies wear stickers on their foreheads with the warning not to feed them. The only thing they need is their mommas milk and they can choke in the carrots!
Several times a day in front of the Old Oatman Hotel the Ghost Riders Gunfighters perform western shootouts.
Like most of them we've seen in these little western towns it's rather corny but it's something to do and see....
The actors are not paid and just do it for the love of the show. They take donations for a local children's charity at the end of each show.
The Oatman Hotel, by the way, had it's one night of fame for the fact that Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent a honeymoon night here, after marrying in Kingman, in 1939.
It apparently is also hunted regularly by a poltergeist named Oatie, an old Irish miner who drank himself to death.
The Sidewalks of the town are wooden and most of the buildings are as they were built. Some of the town residence and store owners dress in western clothes and do their best to help create the early days.
The town has to make a living, so there are a lot of businesses in the one main street selling pretty cheesy souvenirs and such.
All in all I guess you can call it a tourist trap....but it's a charming one, the old buildings give it that old-time western feeling and the locals are very friendly.
The bar in the Oatman hotel is decorated with thousands of dollar bills pasted on the walls and ceiling.
Apparently this started in the old days when miners came to the bar after work and left some signed dollar bills stapled on the wall for future drinks. The paper bills would deteriorate very fast in the humid and hot working conditions underground if they kept them in their pockets.
Nowadays tourists add to them every day and sign the dollar bills with their name and date. It's estimated there's about $60.000 on these walls right now!
This local country and western singer was actually very good!
We came up through the mountains on the south side of the village but have heard since that the stretch of road coming from Kingman on the north side is particular spectacular as it winds it's way through the hills.
I guess we have to go back to drive 'the other side' next time!
Back on the ranch James worked a little on his suntan. Off course he fell asleep but luckily ended up in the shade and didn't burn too badly...
The water of the pool turns out not to be heated by the way, which is fine in the summer but I stuck one toe in there and it about froze off! Darn!
We just assumed it was heated......oh well, one more question we have to add to the list if we shop around for future workamping jobs. You have to cover all your bases...
We found a very cheap golf course within 5 minutes down the road from us. It's just a nine hole par 3 course, pretty rough around the edges but just perfect for the way we play :)
A great way to end the day!
Oh, that's right, I was going to talk about the work we're doing here. I guess it has to wait for next time. It seems we're not doing too much of it anyway....