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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The EAGLE(S) and other Desert Tales


We have had absolutely the most bizarre weather here this week. Today, they say it's 60% chance of rain. Three days ago, we had 60 mph winds, and a great big sandstorm. How crazy is that? I just have to say, when you're waiting for your house to sell and all your blog friends are in the big Q, it is awfully hard to get any kind of writing inspiration. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.

 As some of you have figured out, I am a dog person. I'm not your typical one, either. I don't love just my dogs, I love ALL dogs. Not to be an elitist, I love horses, some cats(especially the big ones), most children, and birds. While I am on the subject of birds, I have a special affinity for raptors. I guess my favorite one is the Eagle. So, for my essay today, it's about Eagles. The following video is quite interesting, even though it's not true. So, bearing that in mind, let's watch an untrue video.(It is an election year, so you should be used to this by now)....

                                                 Not a true story!!

Here's the truth, or so I'm told.......

For those of you who have e-mailed me wondering if it's true that an eagle goes into seclusion, plucks out all of its feathers, sheds its beak and talons, and then renews itself, is a myth/legend. It's possible the eagle renewal myth/legend was derived from a biblical metaphor. I didn't deduce it is a myth/legend from the contents of a book. Both science and logic indicate an eagle can not survive for any length of time without his/her feathers, beak and talons. Exposure and starvation would overcome the eagle long before a physical renewal could occur. An eagle's beak and talons grow continuously, because they are made of keratin, the same substance as our hair and fingernails. Eagles molt in patches, taking almost half a year to replace feathers, starting with the head and working downward. Not all feathers are replaced in a given molt.
Bald eagles typically live between twenty and thirty years in the wild. The lifespan of other species of eagles may vary, although none are known to reach seventy years in the wild.

Here are some of my favorite Eagle's video, I hope you like it to. I'm sure my Quartzite campers can relate to the first one..


Militant Eagles? Yep, I love them. Here's a few that I could found on the Internet.

Have you ever noticed that eagles just seem to look pissed-off? I understand that look. I have two other Eagle videos and I think you will recognize the Desert Eagle .50 cal.

 Put your tongue back
in your mouth!!

This is how
it is done!!
I have had fun with this and hope you keep on coming back. I really care about you and appreciate your concern. BTW, how many blogs do you follow? I was at 173 last count. Some that I follow are very prolific and others are no so much. When I become interested in a blog and the writer, I go back and try to read all the posts. I started reading RV blogs about 11 months ago. In this period of time, 5 of my favorites have decided to stop blogging and 2 have become sick and couldn't continue. I miss them all.

Michael Ultra

Angel Flight
A MUST See!!


  1. Nice post, Michael. I love Eagles, too! The birds themselves and the band. Agree that the weather at the Q has been crazy. Just got home last night.

    1. Thank you MM. It sounded like you had a good time.

  2. Next year in Q Michael!!!! Had a great time but now all I can think about it taking a nice long hot shower and not having to worry about how much water I'm using. Love your Eagles. All of them.

    1. Thanks Sandie, I have put next year on my perpetual calendar!

  3. Eagles are such beautiful, strong looking birds.

    I'm glad I got to Quartzsite, even if I wasn't able to stay for the Big Tent. Next year!

    Isn't it hard to let those bloggers go when you have so much invested in their lives? It's really like our blogger buddies are friends, and when they stop, we miss them and wonder about them.

    1. Thank you Barbara. I am so glad you are on the mend! (I was a little worried about you). Yes, fellow bloggers become more like family. (I do miss Nellie).

  4. Great post Michael. I love all most animals too but dogs especially. I'm sure you've seen that cartoon of a dog welcoming newcomers to heaven. The dog says, "I can't help it if you've spelled it backwards all these years." (sorry!)

    The Eagles are great and have always been my oldest son's favorite band. That last video was so touching.

    1. Thank you Donna. I am glad someone watched the last video on the Angel Flight. I met Radney Foster years ago in Austin, Texas. What a great and sobering tribute!!

  5. Another great post Michael. You just started following me so I am asking you not to give up on me because I am not posting a lot right now. I am hibernating here in Idaho until we can get the house sold and all our stuff sold and hit the road asap in May or June. When we are on the road, I blog every two or three days. We are replacing the carpet in the fiver in March. I will post before and after pictures.

  6. Great post, glad to see you back online. Not all of us are in Q although we may wish we were. Have you ever been to the Canyon of the Eagles near Burnett, TX? Interesting boat tour there. Did it quite a few years ago while attending a motorcycle rally. Helped a friend get moved from her old class C to a new Winnebago Vista Class A Tuesday and Wednesday. Well, some other friends moved the stuff and I came and spent two days helping to organize and put away. She is a full-timer so there was a LOT of stuff. We were in Buda, TX when that storm went through. Wow, not a lot of sleep Tuesday night, the storm was so loud. Hope you'll be moving into an RV soon.

  7. Hey Michael, I am not at the Q though I am interested in going there. Maybe next year. I have had some expensive work done on Mom's little run away this week and in 2 weeks she goes in for more. But that is what comes with owning an RV.

    Wouldn't it be neat if we could really go somewhere and shed our old parts for new. OH wait I did shed 2 old knees for new ones. :)

  8. Hey, I missed this one. We must have been in Q (owwie! sorry!). We were camped in a spot without coverage of any kind.

    Read on "another blog" that you might have some activity. Webbed toes and wings crossed.

    I clicked the wrong button and dumped my entire blogroll. I was devastated, but now I like it pared down that way. I'm adding some back that I forgot, bit by bit.

    The Good Luck Duck

  9. Hi, Michael,

    Glad to find that you are okay and back online. I agree. There's nothing like an Eagle in flight. I'm commenting BEFORE watching your videos, but I will go back and watch. 170+ Blogs??? My gosh, I could never get through them all.

    As far as stuff: I learned, too late in life, on my trip in 2010 (in a small trailer) that I could do without everything in the house. I didn't miss anything, and I hated to come back except to see my kids. Unfortunately, health issues are keeping me under wraps this year (last year was Jack's turn).

    Regarding Eagles, here's a good site as far as facts go:

    I watched The Eagles of Hornby Island live video for a long time. It was fun to check on them daily right after they hatched, but sad to see that these two particular chicks didn't make it. Everyone had such high hopes for the bigger one that was left, but it didn't make it. I see there's a new live cam out of Decorah, Iowa.

    Well, enough gabbing. Glad to see you back.