Fulltime Roadrunners

Fulltime Roadrunners
Staying Put at BLM Oxbow Campground on the Colorado River, Cibola, AZ

Weekend of 2/6 thru 2/28 River Fun

February 25th, 2016

I’m not sure how long I’ll have internet connection, my modem is still not working right.  I don’t hear a fan running at all in it.

At any rate, I checked the projected releases from Parker Dam for tomorrow and Sunday.  This is what I believe will be happening with the river for the weekend:

Fri:  Should start rising approximately 7 or 8 a.m. and will continue to rise 4 hours, then hold steady for 5 hours before starting to drop a bit. Surface elevation no lower than 219’ (good)

Sat:  Surface elevation will remain at about 220’ all day.

Sun:  Repeat of Saturday.

Going to post this right now so I don’t loose my ability to do so.

Ya’ll stay healthy and happy!

Toodles.

Water’s Warmer and River’s Higher

February 20th, 2016

Life out here on the River is near perfect.  The water is getting a wee bit warmer (still wouldn’t spend much time swimming  in it though), and for whatever reason the Bureau of Reclamation is releasing large amounts of water for long periods of time bringing the water level up nicely.  Our river’s surface elevation yesterday and today has been a consistent 220’.  Unfortunately when Parker releases water it releases it from the bottom of the reservoir, thus it’s quite cool.  Of course, when they do this in the heat of summer, the cool is quite welcome.

While checking the website for the river levels today I found the part of the website that shows predicted releases for the next 3 days.  Now I’ll be able to post a blog every Thursday to share what the water levels might be on the river Friday thru Sunday.  Those of you who bring a boat out here will be able to tell if it’s likely that the launching and navigating the river will be easy or difficult.  Of course, I also plan on posting the predicted weather/temps.  So…. every Thursday look for something telling what the river condition will be Fri. through Sun.

I’ll try to put this at the beginning of the blog so if you don’t want to read “stuff” you won’t have to wade through it.

Talking about upcoming events, this one is well worth marking on your calendar:

Float for MS
August 13th
There will be online registration this year.  The float includes a Barbecue and more.
I’ll share the particulars as the info comes to me.

I understand last years event was hugely successful and a blast.  I’ll try to get a copy of their flyer when they come out and share it here.

We’ve been busy getting a garden, of sorts, going.  Thom doing the heavy work…… lifting big pots and shoveling dirt…. and me doing the mixing soil and planning and planting.  We now have Swiss Chard, Sugar Snap Peas, long radishes (icicle and red), red beets, Armenian Cucumbers, Green Onions and Salad Turnips going.  From seeded, to sprouted to established plants.  We also have 3 tomatoes we inherited from our favorite Quartzsite friends.  Lee, they’ve been feed and watered and appear to be thriving.  Thank you!

Our yard is still being visited by the beautiful Spotted Towhee.  It makes me smile every time he hops into the yard.

Going back through some of the photos I’ve taken this year so far, I found this one of our Oxbow Lake.  Really makes me wish we had a boat we could go exploring and fishing in.

….and check out this sunrise two days ago.

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…. and sunset the end of last month.

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Some of the reasons I love living here.

Time to say g’nite.

Ya’ll stay healthy and happy!

Toodles.

It’s Beginning

February 9th, 2016

The “season” is nearly upon us. The high temps for the next 8 days will be in the low 80°s and ya’ll know what that means!  The water in the river and backwaters is getting warmer making the fish come out of their deep funk and start biting again.  The Largemouth  and Striped Bass are biting on jigs, yellow and orange lures, chatter baits and worms (according to recent guests in the campground).  One of the folks out here said he was using small Bluegill he caught as bait for the catfish and he was catching Bass with them (largemouth). 

We have Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Striped Bass, Crappie, Blue Gill, Tilapia, Channel Catfish and Flathead Catfish (the big guys) in the Lake, our little lagoon and the River. 

Here’s a couple of pics of catches the last couple of years.

Channel Catfish                                22” 5 lb. Largemouth Bass

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2 15lb and 1 17lb Flathead Catfish

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57 lb Flathead Catfish

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We are nearing the end of snowbird season for the Canadians now.  We didn’t get as many as in the past, but they have to pay $1.20 Canadian for every $1 American so it’s more costly for them to come down.  Most of them are starting their slow journey home.  We’ll miss them, they’re a fun bunch.  Of course, we still have many U.S. full-time RVers who stay in the area until it’s too hot for them.

Yesterday the host site’s power went out.  It seems one of the two inverters has quit.  The maintenance man (jack of all trades and busy as all get out) spent most of the day here getting it working with at least the remaining inverter.  We really need to be careful with our power usage now and if we need A/C we’ll have to make do with our small portable unit and the 2000 Honda generator….. at least until the system is fixed.

The water level of the river is continuing to get better and more consistent.  It’s measured by the flow of cubic feet per second (cfs). As the flow increases the surface elevation of the river increases.  The higher the elevation, the easier to launch your boat and navigate the river without running onto a sandbar.  A surface elevation of 219’ is pretty good, 220’ is great and 218’ is doable.

I go to this website to track the flow and elevation of the river here at the campground.  There are measuring stations along the river that record and transmit the info on an hourly basis to:

Bureau of Reclamation Lower Colorado River Daily Report

I check the “release” at Parker Dam, & note the time when the release has been increased.  After noting for several months I learned that the release from Parker Dam reaches our campground (which is on the report as Oxbow Bridge) in 26 to 28 hours.  So if they start releasing more water at the dam I know it will show up here the next day at the same time plus 2 to 4 hours.  I post this info on a white board along with weather and display it on a bulletin board at the road to the boat ramp.  That way our launchers will know what the current level is and if it will be rising or lowering.

There are still birds at the

 Cibola Wildlife Refuge

…but they will be leaving soon so if you want to enjoy them, get out there soon.

Here’s a few shots of what you might see December through February.

Mule Deer

Burrowing Owl

Sandhill Crane

Canada and Snow Geese

On the home front – Not much going on.  I’m still trying to grow a garden. In the process there is a major battle between me and the mice.  So far they’re still winning.  Even with 1/4” wire mesh circling the pot from the inside, the mice are still getting in.  Overnight my watermelon radishes went from beautiful green sprouts just putting on their secondary leaves to bare dirt.  They were totally devoured.  I don’t plan on giving up until it just gets to hot to grow anything!

Enuff for now.

Ya’ll stay healthy and happy!

Toodles.