Christopher Creek was a busy place again this weekend. Families with kids, girls’ getaways and turkey hunters prevailed. Weather was cool and windy until Sunday. No frost yet, but the trees are beginning to turn. Turkeys seem to know when they’re in season. They are all hiding in town right now, while the hunters are out beating the bushes all over the place.
The government shutdown is in effect here. They padlocked the johns at the end of FR 284!
Duane Hansel and Judy had a guest last weekend. The ol’ Colorado woodcarver, Scott Malinsky, made a long overdue trip to the Creek. Scott’s marvelous sculptures have delighted his customers for more than 20 years. He put Duane through the paces, up mountains and down canyons, out scouting for firewood.
Tina took over the Kuntz cabin for the weekend to host a girls’ retreat for Liz Martin, Ginger Kurtz, Georgia Buelow and Leigh Schofield. Lisa Smith had a gaggle of gals at their cabin as well. All were enjoying themselves at the Landmark Friday evening.
A bunch of us were at Mimi’s to pick some apples on Sunday afternoon. She admonished us to pick ’em all. Well, that seemed a bit ambitious seeing as she has six trees in her yard just plum full of apples. She told us of her trip over the weekend to Show Low where Mimi and her granddaughter, Tammy, attended a 75th wedding anniversary celebration of some old friends. Her other report was that very day her daughter, Rosemary, was celebrating her 60th birthday by taking her grandson to Disney World. Happy birthday, Rosemary!
Halloween decorations are up at the Landmark Restaurant in anticipation of the festivities on the 26th. Gary and son, Chad, did the honors and a great job they did, too. There is some question, however, whether the greeter at the door and the witch back by the fireplace are going to wear on someone’s nerves between now and the party.
The Wildflowers of Christopher Creek had a record number of participants for the informal monthly lunch held at the Wok Express a week ago. Special guests in attendance were Charles and Willene Byrnes along with Sam Conklin’s sister Dhyan, from Vermont. Charles and Willene were longtime Christopher Creek residents who moved to Tonto Basin some half-dozen or more years ago. Others who made up the group were Karen Elerich, Rhea Hoedl, Jeannie Moore, Olive Matus, Karen Thornton, Dean Shields, Margo Holmes, Sam, Marcia Dallesondro and Dave Kasl.
The Creek sends its best to Judy Bradley who is having a rough go of it right now. We’re thinking of you, Judy.
Here’s a notice from Gary Anderson: On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Christopher Creek Homeowners Association (CCHA) will be holding its fall semi-annual membership meeting in the community room in the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Station. And then, at 4 p.m., CCHA will host the annual Halloween Costume Party and Trick or Treat Ride. Parents and their ghosts, goblins, princesses and Wookies, ages walking through age 12, should come to the fire station. There will be a hot dog dinner followed by a prize-winning costume parade and contest. At about 5 p.m. all the beauties and spookies will board the hay wagon for a Trick or Treat Ride around Christopher Creek. Community members who wish to participate are asked to leave a porch light on and bring their basket of goodie treats out to greet the wagon.
And remember, tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 12, the FireBelles will be holding their Second Annual Fall Car Show. It’s at the fire station from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
John Bucholz and wife, Donna, from Carefree, have a place out at Ponderosa Springs. Each year, in the fall, John loads up the Rhino along with all his gear and heads to his ranch in Colorado. It’s a 2,000-acre spread at 9,000 feet just northwest of Eagle, about 25 miles west of Vail. Each year he outfits the bunkhouse with provisions in preparation for the deer and elk hunters. His hunters are mostly regulars from El Paso, who return over and over. He must take good care of them. John says there wasn’t a big winter-kill and his son-in-law, Rob, just returned from there and says that the grass is high. It should be a good season. Each year John returns after a month or so and stops to unload. He shows up in the Creek looking about half beat and sporting a month’s growth. Each year he gives us a report and relates how cold it was. Each year he shakes his head and says that it might be his last. Each year we have come to expect that he will be doing it all over again a year from now ... and that’s another week in the Creek.