Can a city boy build his dream homestead on a mountain, by himself and with no mortgage?

What kind of dog is that?!

I was sitting on my new patio set the other day when I realized I was being watched by a critter. I looked at it, it looked at me. It was kinda like a big skinny dog with HUGE ears, some kind of jackalope?? I grabbed my camera and snapped a few shots but it scampered off, down the hill and into the brush.

Guess I was lucky. It looked nice and it didn’t attack, but out in the wild, you never know what danger lurks in the bushes. I definitely dodged a bullet on that!

I was visiting family in Arizona last week and did some hiking on the Salt River outside of Phoenix. It was extraordinarily beautiful!

Saguaro cactus and plenty of scampering critters kept me on my toes, weather was a perfect 85 degrees and dry. I came back to California to find wet, grey and c-c-c-cold weather.

I was able to lay a large load of gravel around my new outdoor fireplace and do some spot repairs to the trailer’s rubber roof. Looks like we’re in for a snowy winter and I want to be ready!

Not much else is going on right now. Work is slow so I’m simply enjoying the fruits of my labor, staring at the view and meeting new furry friends. I’m planning a weekend with some of my “outdoorsy” homies before it gets too cold (I think Garzo is allergic to the snow). Now that the ground is wet, it’ll be a lot of fun to finally get a fire roaring.

Here’s to a very pleasant and restful Autumn!



6 responses

  1. that dog has ears like us. Beautiful lake
    Benny & Lily

    November 7, 2011 at 7:21 pm

  2. Dea

    That would be a mule deer.

    November 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    • leilani

      Aha! I bet it came to e’s cabin to bring him Mule-tide greetings, too!

      And that sneaky critter thought it could fool all us big city kids by wearing a dog suit. Harumph! 😉

      November 7, 2011 at 8:18 pm

  3. leilani

    Well if you ask me, it’s highly suspicious that this mysterious critter showed up around your place for the very first time ever during the wet season.

    Hey, maybe it’s a Rain Deer?

    (That very clever dog disguise is probably just to keep everybody guessing until Dec 24th.)

    November 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm

  4. rafik

    hi there,
    yes it is a deer but it woud be called a black tail deer,that is only found on the west coastal reigon,,,
    i enjoy watching them,,winter wil sure be cold this year,,and a white one too,
    happy fall,,,

    November 7, 2011 at 8:49 pm

  5. kristen

    Love your blog! Please post more.

    November 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm

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