Christopher Creek has an aluminum can recycling station. CKFD Firebelles unveiled the Can Wagon at their breakfast last Saturday. The mobile unit will be placed throughout the fire district this summer and fall. Dave Combs, the owner at Creekside RV Park, is the first to host the trailer. It’s on the north side of the Loop on park property. The trailer donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, lives near the northeast corner of See Canyon Homes with his wife, Kiki.

The fully enclosed trailer is a handsome, custom-built unit designed by the donor in coordination with John from Rockland Trailers on Thomas Road, Scottsdale. It has state-of-the-art lights and four portholes for can deposit. The cage is so solid it could serve to transport nuisance bears away from the area. It will hold many thousands of crushed cans. It will be interesting to learn how many pounds are recycled the first season.

Last Thursday evening, Alex and Irma Armenta hosted dinner and poker. Irma is a fabulous cook, so, it’s no surprise 16 were served (eight for cards). It was a wonderful dinner, Irma.

Friday evening on the patio at the Landmark we watched as Larry Waltemeyer’s 4-year-old grandson, Rafe, tossed beanbags. Just then, the Easter bunny passed by on a quad. We later asked Rafe if he had seen the Easter bunny. He admitted he missed it, but if we saw the bunny again, we were to let him know. Then, as he walked away, he turned, pointed his index finger and said, “You have my phone number, right?”

Rafe was there last Saturday afternoon for the Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Christopher Creek homeowners. Clear skies and warm temperatures brought out 27 eager kids combing Milburn Meadow, while many more adults watched and took photos. CCHOA president, John Turtchin, hid all the eggs with the help of volunteers Jane, Janeen, Irma, Anne and Karen.

It was a sad surprise when Pepper told us she was selling her place and returning to Minnesota. By Saturday morning she had a buyer then spent the day loading up the pickup with help from her friend Judy. She promised to return to help with the May 4 Chili Cook-off.

Campers are back and, sadly, there are already reports of campsites trashed on FR 284 trail. One local made a list of license plate numbers of the offenders — one was in a brand new Mercedes and another in a brand new pickup. Photos, tag numbers and locations can be reported by email to: clint.randall@usda.gov. Additionally, down by John Marksbury, the jackwagons overflowed a nearly full dumpster and left what wouldn’t fit tossed behind it.

Finally — a big fish story: a 20-inch German brown was caught here in town. John Huesman was the lucky angler, son Johnny, held the catch long enough for a photo before releasing it back into the creek. One might wonder where these monster trout come from. My theory is they spawned a few years ago in the deep holes down in Box Canyon. It takes that long to grow to that size. Then when the conditions are just right, such as this spring’s runoff or a good monsoon flow, those browns are strong enough to buck the current to swim upstream ... and that’s another week in the Creek.

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