One part staying here at Casa Grande Ruins that I really enjoy is the soothing sounds of the Mourning Doves and Great-Horned Owls. A large number of these doves live here at the Ruins.
Before dawn each morning I can hear them cooing to each other. Again in the evening. They may do the same mid-day, but I don't notice them because of other sounds. They build nests in the forks of trees and in the rafters of the maintenance compound parking area. Last year one pair built their nest in our 5th-wheel hitch. The eggs had hatched just before we left here and we had to take the nest out of the hitch and move it to a nearby tree. I wonder if the babies survived?
Another soothing sound comes from the Great-Horned Owls that live in the roof over the Great House.
late in the afternoon, I hear them saying "whoo, whoo, whoo." It is a really peaceful sound.
During the hours the monument is open, we have Native American flute music playing. That music reminds me of the doves and owls.
This may be a week we want to forget. Sunday John started to come down with a cold. He felt bad enough by Monday that he stayed home Monday and Tuesday. I went in and led tours those two days. But by the end of the day yesterday, I was feeling kind of bad. Today I plan to rest all day and see if I can fight off that same cold.