4th of July Weekend — Friday morning

Oh how wonderful and marvelous a thing it is to have had a three-day weekend with my WHOLE family at the ranch!  It has been months and months and MONTHS since all of us have been able to go together! Such a thing is rare now, with grown children. I’m so delighted that they still love to come along!

Our Independence holiday was a very stormy one, with much rain, thunder and lightning, and not even one sunset to be had. In fact, the wood pile was so wet, we didn’t even manage a campfire. AND YET, just being together, enjoying the unusually green countryside, playing in the rain and getting muddy, cooking our hot dogs and taters on the cook stove instead of the fire, hiking on the roads instead of across country (to avoid getting mired in the thick clay-mud), spending an afternoon in the mountains, writing in journals, reading Tim Powers, playing card games — we couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.

Here are a few pics from Friday morning around the ranch. I’m itching to post the adorable pics of Junior, but those will have to wait just a little bit longer.

(Nota Bene: There be captions! Click the i to read them.)


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[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2015-0705_july-4th-weekend-at-the-ranch-v1/thumbs/thumbs_20150703_090022n1webcopyright.jpg]170A bed of these lovely little yellow blossoms was growing right across the driveway, and unfortunately we had to drive over them a few times to park the vehicles by the cabin.
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[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2015-0705_july-4th-weekend-at-the-ranch-v1/thumbs/thumbs_20150703_090342t1webcopyright.jpg]50Cactus plants do not grow terribly big in the high desert, but we do get the odd prickly pear, usually no more than shin-high.
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[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2015-0705_july-4th-weekend-at-the-ranch-v1/thumbs/thumbs_20150703_090448t1webcopyright.jpg]40
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2015-0705_july-4th-weekend-at-the-ranch-v1/thumbs/thumbs_20150703_090753n1webcopyright.jpg]60This shy little guy was hanging out on the fence post of our front gate when we went down for a little stroll.
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2015-0705_july-4th-weekend-at-the-ranch-v1/thumbs/thumbs_20150703_090811n1webcopyright.jpg]60He was fast, and didn't want his photo taken.
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2015-0705_july-4th-weekend-at-the-ranch-v1/thumbs/thumbs_20150703_090832n1webcopyright.jpg]60I had to scoot around the post from one side to the other to catch him.
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[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2015-0705_july-4th-weekend-at-the-ranch-v1/thumbs/thumbs_20150703_091417t1webcopyright.jpg]60Panoramic view of our valley and the power plant.
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2015-0705_july-4th-weekend-at-the-ranch-v1/thumbs/thumbs_20150703_091430t1webcopyright.jpg]70My love.
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2015-0705_july-4th-weekend-at-the-ranch-v1/thumbs/thumbs_20150703_091514n1webcopyright.jpg]40Just an interesting pod-like plant that caught my eye.
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2015-0705_july-4th-weekend-at-the-ranch-v1/thumbs/thumbs_20150703_091928t1webcopyright.jpg]50This tree, standing off by itself near the bottom of the hill and in the center of the valley, was a focal point for my imaginative children when they were younger, and they called it Mount Olympus.
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2015-0705_july-4th-weekend-at-the-ranch-v1/thumbs/thumbs_20150703_091941t2webcopyright.jpg]90Looking up the hill at the cabin with the lush greenery in the foreground.
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2015-0705_july-4th-weekend-at-the-ranch-v1/thumbs/thumbs_20150703_093851t2webcopyright.jpg]80My love, again.
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2015-0705_july-4th-weekend-at-the-ranch-v1/thumbs/thumbs_20150703_094447t1webcopyright.jpg]80Heidmann Wash, which runs down from the road to the valley.
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2015-0705_july-4th-weekend-at-the-ranch-v1/thumbs/thumbs_20150703_093900t1webcopyright.jpg]100One of the trees that was pulled out when our fence was erected.
[img src=http://nettiesworld.com/wp-content/flagallery/2015-0705_july-4th-weekend-at-the-ranch-v1/thumbs/thumbs_20150703_093940t1webcopyright.jpg]100Me, by the south side gate (I rarely get over to that side of the property, so it was worth a photo. 🙂

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