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RS Perry novel llamas Pipestone and Santana high above Wolf Canyon Ranch


What is real and what is fictitious. RS Perry Adventure Novels
Off The Edge, Over the Line, Out of Time, and  the sequel Ecuador


Are the characters based on real people?

Characters are imaginary . Many do have elements of real people, some more than others but each character, as with most characters in novels, is a hodgepodge of several people’s personality traits and looks. What will surprise you is how real the characters become while reading.

Were there llamas at Wolf Canyon Ranch?

The real Wolf Canyon Ranch, which is mostly portrayed accurately in the novels was started in 1980 with a small herd of llamas, which grew to over one hundred along with twenty alpacas. There were two dromedary camels, a small herd of reindeer, a large heard of fallow deer (Tinkerbell was a spotted fallow deer), cows including highland cows, one zebra-donkey, and over a dozen horses. The llamas were primarily a breeding herd but later they were used for packing into the Pasayten Wilderness, north of the ranch along the Canadian border. All the animal names are real and did exist like the llama Pipestone, Sharifa the camel, the horses Skipper, Dawn, and Blacky, Tinker the Mediterranean Fallow deer, Rosie the Irish Wolfhound.

Is Fort Huachuca a US Army facility?

Fort Huachuca, Arizona is an operating army base on the edge of the Huachuca Mountains just 15 miles from the Mexican border. It was one of the earliest, if not the first, to test unmanned planes. The closest town is Sierra Vista to which the fort is annexed. Tombstone is close by, as is the old copper mining town of Bisbee. The fort was originally built for the Buffalo Soldiers and today hosts myriad army functions. It also houses the aerostat, the DEA’s radar equipped, lighter than air vehicle.

Ramsey Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains attracts bird watchers from around the world and is dubbed the Hummingbird capital of the world.

A short distance from Fort Huachuca is an approximately 12,000 year old Clovis Indian site, Murray Springs, which was settled in the late Pleistocene era by a small group of Clovis people.  How they became extinct is still a mystery.

Is there a Wolf Canyon Ranch?

There was. It existed and was much as described. However, the property is now owned by the Washington State Department of Wildlife. Most of the buildings still stand but are uninhabited except for animals that have made them their home. It is located outside Twisp, Washington.

Was there a homesteaders cabin?

Yes and on the walls newspapers were glued with “Peal Harbor Bombed” headlines. It was built in the late 1800s. the exact date is not known. Each 160 acre plot had remnants of cabin. Old foundations and in some cases the only telltale sign was a lone lilac growing in fertilized soil where an outhouse had been.

Pasayten Wilderness

The Pasayten Wilderness borders Canada and is south of Manning Provincial Park and Cathedral Provincial Park. It is next to Ross Lake National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park. The northern end of the Pacific Crest trail ends in the Pasayten. It is varied terrain and wilderness with drier basins to the east and rugged mountains to the west.

Horse packers and llama packers take groups into the wilderness and a favored spot is Lauden Lake in Horshoe Basin. Rising above Horsehoe basin, to the north and on the the Canada border is the massive Arnold mountain.

Every attempt has been made in the Jim Johnson books to depict the wilderness accurately. It is a beautiful area and one of the least visited wilderness areas in the lower United States.

The hacienda at Tubutama, Sonora

This is one of the few instances where the building and their immediate surroundings do not exist. Tubutama the town in the state of Sonara is a real place. The Sonora Desert that extends from Mexico into the US is of course a real place. The hacienda, the cartel members are completely fictitious.

Glass or Ghost Apples, do they exist?

Ghost apples are a rare phenomena when specific weather conditions occur. Apples still clinging to trees in winter during a freezing rain become coated in ice. The soft apples that are barely retaining their shape have a lower freezing point than water. They turn just mushy enough to slip out of their icy skin. What remains are the ghosts of the apples sometimes called glass apples.

Is there a Biological Warfare Center?

The secret center that is headquarters to General Crystal’s BWC and home for the cast of characters in the novels is fictional. It is not, however, unlikely that such centers exist when it has become all too easy to engineer viruses and bacterial DNA and RNA. The threat of pandemics from either viruses jumping species or from a terrorist threat leaves the world vulnerable.