One of the duties of working the Visitors Center is to monitor and feed the two resident desert tortoises, Digger and Dozer.
There are three tortoise habitats located on the south side of the VC. Maybe you can spot the tunnel at the top middle of the habitat. Desert tortoises spend a lot of time underground. This is Digger’s home.
He’s a pretty good size, and is about 50 years old. I got thinking about his age the other day, and figured out that he hatched when I was 17 and attending Chicago Teacher’s College. We both seem to have the same amount of wrinkles though.
After having a few bites to eat out of his food bowl, he headed back to his tunnel. Eat, drink, and sleep is mostly what he does.
But this is how I think he got his name. He’s been working on digging a new tunnel under a mesquite tree for over a year now. Slow and steady wins the race I guess.
Meet Dozer. He’s a much smaller tortoise and only about four or five years old. He’s about one fourth the size of Digger.
Monday was a bonus day, as both tortoises were out and about at the same time. Visitors like to see them, and it isn’t often that they cooperate.
Today after finishing laundry and cleaning chores I headed to town to upgrade my air card. For eight years I’ve been using one of those USB stick cards. There is no Wi-Fi of any kind here at Imperial, so my new iPad has been pretty much useless. I thought if I switched to a Mi-Fi Jetpack, I could use the iPad when I work the VC. Of course that means you have to pay for the new device. Okay, but it really irks me that you have to pay a $30 change fee. It seems to me that if you upgrade your service with the same company you shouldn’t have to pay a penalty to do it. I had already more than met my previous two year contract, but that didn’t make any difference. I also had to sign a new two year contract. At least I have 14 days to decide if the Jetpack will work out for me.
On the way back home, the paratroopers were out doing their thing on the Yuma Proving Grounds. All those tiny black dots in the sky aren’t specks of dust, but paratroopers floating down. You can’t pull over or stop any closer than this to watch.
Well, that’s about it for tonight. I guess I’ll now see how this new Jetpack works on publishing this post. I leave you with last night’s beautiful sunset.
Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later, Judy