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last night i went on a short run from New River to the Table Mesa area with a Facebook group and @Bradywgn71 & @kaspily, thanks for the photos Sarah!






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i explored more around this old homestead out near Lake Pleasant on Sunday.








it's set down in a beautiful remote canyon.




there are several seeps in the canyon walls nearby.




and a tiny deposit of some sort of crystal-like mineral on one wall.




some neat old vehicles.




this big dump rig is forever stuck in the sand.








these 2 little guys were running around the canyon like a couple of rambunctious puppies.




the smallest one came over to see what i was up to.





the whole place has a spooky vibe to it though...


i was imagining a small happy family living here. one day their little girl accidentally broke this mirror while playing, bringing the whole family horrible luck and tragedy for 7 years...




...maybe the mine claim behind their house dried up. then one night the whole canyon flooded, washing away their livestock and most of their possessions...


...the little girl could have caught pneumonia and of course they couldn't get their old van running to get out to a doctor in time, so she passed away...




...after a few more hard years, the mom would have left for the city to escape the rough life and painful memories...


...and that's when the dad would have lost all hope. maybe this knocked-over chair under the tree out front was where his story ended.





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Were you able to pet the calf? I love cows.


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16 minutes ago, scottL said:

Were you able to pet the calf? I love cows.



no, he scampered away as quick as he came over - him and his brother were playing around all wild just like when our cats get crazy

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random updates...



last month i ran across another lil' dude while exploring more around Lake Pleasant:




@defectivemonk was visiting us for Thanksgiving so we drove up House Mountain (near Sedona) on Saturday before this latest snow completely melted:





i needed to catch up on some Jeep maintenance and projects so i was up early this morning installing speed bleeders and flushing Gadget's brake system.


here's a stock bleed screw on the right and the gold one is a speed bleeder. they're basically just bleed screws with a one-way check valve inside, but they make things so easy when you're by yourself.




flushing out the old fluid:




new stuff starting to come through:




i don't think color alone is supposed to be a good indicator of anything - i'm flushing based on mileage. still, it's just satisfying to see new clean stuff!



Gadget also had a check-engine light last week with DTC P0013. it cleared itself the next day, but showed up again this morning. the code is for the oil solenoid that controls timing on the exhaust cam in the passenger-side head (VVT solenoid).


i found that the electrical connectors on both solenoids for that head weren't clicked on all the way so i'm hoping that was the only problem. the MIL did clear itself again not long after i pushed them on correctly. otherwise, it's most likely just a bad solenoid which is simple to replace (and should also be covered under my extended warranty).


this video shows what/where they are,  which head is "Bank 1", and which solenoid is the "B/exhaust" one:



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Good work K liking those speed bleeders..

Them new fangled Jeeps certainly have a lot of doo-hickey's on 'em

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