Tonto Village residents got a glimpse of what the old West was like last week. The annual migration of the cattle from the high country to Little Green Valley pastures came through the Village to the delight of everyone. The drovers and the dogs did a great job of keeping the cattle on the move.
Last week I said that the frost was on the pumpkin and this week, I have to say that the frost has melted! The weather changed dramatically from cold to Indian Summer. The cold spell lasted long enough to wipe out our garden except for one lone eggplant.
The temperatures were cold enough to change the colors of the trees. Other parts of the country may have their fall foliage tours, but we have the same thing here in Rim Country. Take a ride on the Tonto Creek Road and you will see all the same colors as any of the tours. The trees and brush range from golden, to brown, to scarlet, and look just beautiful. I have not gone to the top of the Rim yet, but I am sure that along the highway and the road to Woods Canyon will delight you with the golden aspens.
The cold snap was good for our apple trees, bringing out their bright red coloring and juiciness, and just right for everything apple. I have already made many apple pies, and now the apples will turn into applesauce and apple butter.
Tonto Village saw the annual cattle drive from the Mead Ranch area down to Little Green Valley last week. Each spring, the cattle are brought up to the higher altitudes for the summer by the drovers and their dogs. They spend the summer roaming the forest and then, as summer ends, are driven back down to a lower elevation for the winter. The sight brings to mind how the old West used to be to watch the progress of the drive. There are still a few stragglers roaming around, the ones who missed the drive, the last time anyone has seen them (about a half dozen of them ) they were headed down the 405 Road to Bear Flat.
Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary
Another reminder... If you would like to submit recipes for the upcoming cookbook “Fireflies Can Cook,” please email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for sending in recipes is Dec. 31, and the time is flying by, so hurry up and send in your recipes. Another way would be to mail them to Janet Snyder, 424 W. Johnson Blvd., Payson, AZ 85541.
Birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
This week, Darlene Leonard of Tonto Village III will add another candle to her birthday cake on Oct. 23. Bethany McGrew, one of my granddaughters from Yuma, will also celebrate her birthday on Oct. 23.
Karen and Bill Fausz of Thompson Draw I will celebrate their 52-year wedding anniversary the same day. Karen is the secretary of the Hellsgate auxiliary and Bill also helps by placing the signs out for the auxiliary’s fund-raisers. Happy anniversary to you both. On Oct. 25, Karen Ochenbien, granddaughter of Charlie Terry and daughter of Rita Spalink, adds another candle to her birthday cake.
Carolyn and Jeff Peterson, our youngest daughter, will celebrate their wedding anniversary on Oct. 29. May you both continue to grow together in life and love.
Rounding out the month of October on the 31st is Mae Jones of Bear Flat. She will enjoy another birthday celebration. Happy birthday to everyone.
Last week, the “new” Landmark in Christopher Creek played host to the nine ball competition between the Double D gals and the Christopher Creek gals. It turned out to be a sweep by the gals from Tonto Village. The top winner was Tonto Village II resident, Linda Stailey, followed by Terri Dooley of Ellison Creek Summer Homes and coming in at third was Tonto Village III resident, Kara Shaw. Congratulations to the winners.