The 2011 Trip
Part 73 – Arizona dairy farms

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The temperature this morning was 3C or 37F and another nice sunny morning. There appears to be nothing else but nice sunny mornings.

We had a quick chat with the girls operating the garbage truck this morning and let them do our dumpster run for us today. They came by about 11 AM. They are a couple of real characters and very easy and enjoyable to talk to. They are the same two every trip including in the photo of part 63. On occasion there will be a third making two wambacks.

The temperature was 12C or 54F at 11 AM.

We went to the bank and then the Gold Canyon grocery. From there we went to the Apache Junction Post Office and picked up some stamps. The Canadian Post Office is in any of several Drug Stores. We haven't been in a regular Canadian Post Office for years. One can do it all in the drug stores.

The noon temperature was 16C or 61F and it was 18C or 64F at 3:30 PM when we came in for a break from the sun. It was a beautiful afternoon to sit out as usual with a bit of a cool breeze. The temperature was 19C or 66F at 6 PM as the sun set in a routine Arizona sunset.

We had 14023 kilohertz on most of the day with nothing heard all morning. This afternoon someone was working some Japanese stations at 40 WPM and did not sign with their call sign. At least we feel they were Japanese. They kept transmitting a lot of short signals with the J prefix that appeared to be Japanese amateur call signs. It certainly did not sound like fun to me. More like complete foolishness that made little if any sense. This was around 3:45 PM until we tired of listening to it and shut it down.

We heard the statement Arizona Diary Farmers on the radio and found that interesting. We have seen no real estate that looks like anything that would interest a dairy cow. But there must be some around because from what we found on the Internet it claims Arizona produced 3.95 billion pounds of milk in 2006. Amazing! We will be on the lookout for one of these dairy farms. One would think that they would need neither hay nor a barn. Probably some building to milk in and the rest of the time the cattle would be out in a grass field of some description. From talking to some of those that appear to know they claim they grow alfalfa. Some turn the cattle out in it and others keep the cattle in the barn and cut the alfalfa and feed it to the cattle.

After supper we watched another good movie and when the movie ended the temperature was 13C or 55F.

Another good day had ended.

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