Only have one place for units: A/D/E/F to now park. Took away the down
the steps Cabin A parking and made that area into a PHOTO flower garden.
Enlarged the remaining parking area to now hold 6 or more vehicles.
Enlarged the other PHOTO Flower Garden that is located just to the South
of the West gate that is used by guests and others to enter the Miller Peak
New Flower Garden that splits the incline into our Home and Guest Ranch
Paved the incline from Trailhead Parking at a cost of $404.69
Unit C's Bathroom now has a Window to give it outside air & light.
Painted A/B/C Bathrooms and Spot Repaired/Painted other area ceilings.
Replaced doors for Cabin A, Unit B and the Laundry Room with metal
ones that have pull down windows with screens. At a cost of $1489.63
The US FLAG at the Receiving Area is now lit up by a solar powered flag
pole light. This should help both late Guests and People in Trouble find
A $4064 CONTROLLED ACCESS SITE (CAS) upgrade, so it can hold more
than 34 people, BY:
Replacing the CAS benches with a $975 National Recreation Systems.
(NRS) Aluminum 3 row preferred 15 foot bleacher designed to hold 30
Adding 24 Stadium Chair Seats to the above bleacher at a cost of $1105.
By adding these 24 seats, 8 to each bleacher row, we have reduced the
seating from 30 to 24.
Adding a $685 NRS Aluminum 6 person picnic table behind the bleacher.
Replacing the CAS tarp shade with a $600 patio type flat roof.
Kept a metal bench and brick seats by moving them behind the bleacher.
Added a $186 Fridge/Cabinet for cold drinks and snacks.
Enlarging the CAS to the East and South by busting up rocks, then adding
flowers beds: South of the new EAST AREA and to the Northwest, with $114
worth of flowers.
The EAST AREA will now be where long lens Photographers set up. They
will no longer be allowed in front of birders, but can also use the area behind
Paving the CAS walkup with 20 bags of asphalt at a cost of $119.
Replacing bridge planks with $279 of composites.
The addition of an antenna booster to our wireless modem, allows B/C guests to
receive Internet Service. Other Guests can get a very good signal from the Picnic Table
at the Handicapped Only Viewing Area/Gazebo/Store.
Used Castlewalls to enlarge the Upper Campsite and change the Lower Campsite
to a raised 16 foot diameter circle that may hold a YURT in the future.
Enlarged the Westside Garden, that was started in 2008
Photography Flower Garden: Located away from the viewing sites, just to the
South of the West Gate that is used by guests and others to enter the Miller
Peak Wilderness Area.
$2300, 10'x60', 70% Shade System for the Eastside Garden of the Beatty Pond.
Westside Garden, that was started in 2008, is at least 4 times bigger.
State Route 92 is being widen from Carr Canyon to Hunter Canyon, with Miller
Canyon in the middle. Work is to be done June 2010. Don't speed, DPS is out
in force. Nice 21 Feb 2009 SV Herald SR 92 construction Article
Started replacing the Bathroom CFC light bulbs, that the guests leave on, with
1.5 watt LED ones. Good price $10 LED bulbs just became on the market Jan
2009. Using them only in the Bathrooms, until the $10 price goes down and
they get better designs.
We are now a LLC.
Replaced Units: E/F REGULAR size FUTONS with QUEEN-size BEDS, also
upgraded their Twin beds at a cost of $2368.
Spent $1614 for 800 feet of Fire Fighting Hose and items needed to attach to
our water system. This should help protect the Orchard etc. from Forest Fires.
Units: D/E/F Solar System Batteries had a $4571 upgrade to a 18% larger capacity.
Units: D/E/F Solar System had a $2254 upgrade from 480 to 750 Watts by adding
2 panels and replacing the Charge Controller with a more efficient MTTP model.
The MPPT constantly adjusts the operating points of the array to ensure it stays
on the maximum power point. It does not stop energy harvest to sweep the array
like the old Charge Controller. This feature is beneficial in all sunlight conditions,
especially in fast moving cloud cover areas and quickly changing solar conditions.
Units: D/E/F Propane Refrigerators have been replaced with electric models,
again a green thing, which saved over 50 gals of Propane for 2008.
Unit B Refrigerator has been replaced with a smaller one, again a green thing.
The old one replaced the store one, again a green thing. Now that the Store has
a regular Fridge/Freezer we will sell Ice Cream etc.,
Units: A/D/E/F and Camping Guests will now drive thru a remote controlled Solar
Power Gate. No need to get out of the car.
New FROG SIGN on fence near Gazebo. To see it CLICK ON Load NEW FROG sign
Note: Will take a moment to load.
Installed BOSCH TANKLESS Electric Water Heaters for over $500 in savings on
electricity in Units: B/C/Laundry and our Home. Unit B's kitchen sink also has an
under the sink model, since it took a long time for hot water.
Also installed NO SALT GMX magnetic fluid conditioning water softeners in Units:
A/B/C/Laundry and our Home for savings on soap etc. Water flow will increase since
the devices clean scale from the pipes. More info at www.gmxinternational.com
Work started in Oct on SR 92 being widen to 4 lanes from Carr Canyon past Hunter
Canyon, with a Traffic Light at Hereford Rd and 2 retention ponds on the eastside
of SR 92. A small one South of Miller Creek and a larger one North of Miller Creek.
A small 20x24 feet house will be built for Tom JR in the NW Corner of our Orchard.
More BIRD FRIENDLY landscaping though out the property.
Since it cost so much to send a deposit for international guests, we are letting
them PAY ON ARRIVAL with Cash, Money Order or Travelers Check. Therefore
they must keep us posted if they have a change in travel plans, ASAP.
The road that runs through the Orchard to Unit A and Units: D/E/F has been
worked on, so that Unit A's parking is more level and the road is more smooth.
A "VANTAGE Pro2" roof tripod mount Solar Weather Station.
Blue 3 Stage PUR Water Filtration System mounted on the kitchen faucet of all
Units: Removes 99.99% of Microbial Cysts, Cryptosporidium and Giardia. The
filtration system also meets the testing requirements pursuant to Section 116830
of the Health and Safety Code for Asbestos, Lead and Mercury.
Another way to be more green and save money for our guests when they switch
from bringing bottled water and use our PUR WATER system. No hassle with
lugging home heavy bottles of water and us getting rid of all the empty bottles.
Eastside wall, as you come in, has been replaced with over 1000 Castlewalls.
Also adding Castlewalls to Westside of BEATTY POND, as time allows.<
FALL/WINTER discount rates for Units: A/B/C:
20% DISCOUNT: 1, 2 or 3 nights: A/$96, B/$80 and C/$64.
40% DISCOUNT: 4 nights to ONE MONTH: A/$72, B/$60 and C/$48.
50% DISCOUNT: ONE MONTH or more: A/$60, B/$50 and C/$40.
10% LOYALTY DISCOUNT on Units: A/B/C for guests that have stayed for
4 times or more in Units: A/B/C.
SINGLE RATE for all Units, $10 OFF double rate.
CAMPING for 2: $20 first day, then $15/day. Single take $5 off/day.
24 Solar LED walk lights and 4 solar LED spot lights.
3 Motion Sensors that announce guest/birder arrival, better to serve you thing.
New low energy 9.5 cu ft fridges with freezer in Units: A, C and E.
Wood burning stoves in Units E/F for heat.
New UNLOCKED GATE for going to the Controlled Access Site (CAS), no
permission needed for less than 3, more than 3 ask for permission. Please
read SIGN on gate for more info. Also look for the HUMMINGBIRD CROSSING
SIGN as you walk up the road that points the way to the CAS bridge.
New Hummingbird viewing site, NW corner of property, call the "Solitude"
This site has only one bench and overlooks a pond. The bench is shaded
from noon on.
New 6 foot high fence on all sides of property. The fence was moved west to
our property boundary, so some native trees are now in the Orchard.
Extended the Black Iron Fence from the Grey Arch Bridge to West of the Store.
Took down the East/West fence that was behind the CAS and made the trail
to the CAS/HW somewhat easier to climb.
Added a trail from the Southside of the CAS bridge to the Westside of our
property along the creek, a new great place to bird.
NEW red oak flooring in Units: A/B.
More Landscaping: mostly on eastside by adding more garden space,
planted 100 apple trees and removed lots of rocks from the Orchard.
550 and 1550 gallon water tanks for fire protection etc.
Two more parking spaces.
AZGF supplied a $7906.20, 70x140 foot rubber liner for the BEATTY POND
that is a work in progress. The permanent water pond has been invaded
by Ramsey Canyon Leopard Frogs and now has egg masses and tadpoles.
There are over 20 tubs full of water plants which give the frogs protection,
a place to lay eggs and get food. We are working on terracing the sides with
over $4000 worth of castlewall bricks, so that plants can be on the terraces.
For example: The Eastside is now a 20x140 foot vegetable garden.
The overflow was made to run down the Northside of Miller Road to make a
150 yard stream for wildlife use. A great place to look for birds and butterflies.