I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when hubby came home early and said, "Let's drive up to Hurkey Creek and BBQ dinner." Um, OKAY! While it was hot and dry here, I could see thunderheads developing up over the mountains. So, off we went! Hubby prepped some lamb and chicken, along with yellow squash and asparagas. Oh, and a bottle of Spanish red wine (for him, not me...I'm the driver!) I took my Gatorade and water.
We got up by Vista Point, on Highway 74, and the temperature dropped enough for us to turn off the air conditioning. It was about 83 degrees up at Hurkey Creek (which is a county park), compared to the 107 down in the desert floor. What a relief! By 4:30, when we got there, the park was pretty much deserted. There was a family near us and another big family above us, but both were quiet. Kids were off walking around or playing on the equipment. It was nice. (Not like last Sunday, when the place was absolutely PACKED and very noisy!) We set up our stuff and hubby began to BBQ. I went for a short walk and then dinner was done. Isn't it amazing how hungry one gets up in the mountains?
We left about 7:00 and took the Fobes Ranch Road up nearly to the top, but the road got VERY narrow and rough. HOW do people drive to the top?
We saw a beautiful sunset...no clouds to the west, but plenty of monsoon clouds moving in from the east. They are here this morning and it is absolutely DREADFUL outside today! :-(
Thursday, July 26, 2012
I've been AWOL lately because I got involved with tracing my ancestors. Our son started to work on both sides of our families. My dad had originally done a lot of work on his English ancestors (his male line) and now I'm busy tracing the females (who are actually more interesting that the males!)...I found a male ancestor on one of the female lines whose wife and three of their 13 children were killed during an Indian raid in Deerfield, MA. He and two other children were taken prisoner and sold to the French. They all made it home after a couple of years. Then he remarried (having 11 children to care for....) His second wife was then killed in another raid. He remarried again and this one actually lived, although they had to go through another Indian raid in 1709. Another ancestor of mine was run through with sabers and left to rot in an English forest...sigh...Another one was the first Englishman to be beheaded in his town, which then became infamous for beheadings...sigh...What can I say? However, I did find several ancestors that were sheriffs. LOTS and LOTS of Normans, but I did find one line that was actually Saxon and who managed to hang onto their lands after the Norman invasion. It appears that my dad's male line were actually indigenous English (Vikings), but it also appears that they married into Norman nobility. I've been working nonstop for about a week on all this stuff and I'm ready for a break. Time to go up and work the horses!
If you are interested, here's a link to the Belden story: http://sandwalk.blogspot.com/2011/10/daniel-belden-and-deerfield-massacre.html
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