Well, we are finally digging our way out from under all of the moving boxes, and are starting to feel like we live in a house instead of a warehouse.
We are also getting used to living in a rural area. It is interesting moving from a city where the grocery, Walmart, the pharmacy, etc. were minutes away. From our little house in the canyon it is a 40 minute drive to Kanab for the grocery, and quite a bit further for a Walmart or Walgreens. Suddenly, grocery lists are very important.
We still don’t have internet service at the house, but I am working on a couple of options. Allen at South Central Communications (our phone service provider) has promised me that we will at least have 3 mbs internet service within the next two weeks. I am still working to get cell service in the house, which would also give me internet. Up until last Friday, I could at least walk to the mailbox (1/2 mile) and get enough cell signal to check email. Suddenly last Friday, the signal dropped off, and has not come back. Verizon is sending a tech out this week to see what can be done. Until then, I will be making frequent trips to town for internet connections.
All of that is well worth being able to live here. Our house is tucked into a small cove in the canyon wall, which gives us a beautiful view from every window.
We are also adapting to the climate. It is MUCH drier than Florida, and 100° F feels more comfortable than 80° in Jacksonville. While the days are hot, the nights are delightfully cool. The sunsets are amazing, and we have had some incredible lightning.
On the wildlife front, we are getting more and more critters. The goldfinches and hummingbirds have really moved in, and we are getting a variety of other birds too.
We have two rock squirrels that like the feeders as much as the birds do, and several cliff chipmunks have learned to appreciate the bird bath.
We are working to bring the garden to life, and are researching the best plants for attracting the local wildlife. We love some of the native plants, but have discovered that the beautiful thistles are considered a noxious and invasive weed. We will probably grow some anyway, and just be sure to clip the old flowers before they can spread their seeds to the neighbor’s land.
The variety of new plants and animals is keeping me busy with field guides, trying to learn what they are, and all of their amazing adaptations. I also have a pile of geology books on my desk to help me learn more about the local geology. After so long in Florida, it is wonderful to have such a wide variety of landforms and rocks.
All in all, we are finding a tremendous amount of joy in Johnson Canyon. I hope to post the next video this weekend, with many more to follow.
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