Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Later in the morning, I rode my bike about three miles east on S22 away from town toward the Badlands.
Nice views on a bike
We’re down there in left center someplace San Diego is a big county!
Our home View out our door
After my bike ride, I just sat outside in my lounge chair till about about 1:30 and then we closed everything up on the motorhome and got it ready to roll. We slowly drove the seven miles to the gas station and filled all the jugs and the 35 gallon tank full of fresh water. Asked where the nearest dump station was and the attendant said it was right next to the water. There it was, close enough to bite me, so went ahead and dumped tanks and bought firewood for later. Everything done in one hour and we were back home by 2:30.
Asked the attendant where the nearest Laundromat was and he said it was on the west of town, about two miles down the road from where we were. We decided that laundry was for another day. Right now, we have plenty of clean clothes left, so, we would just bring it in the jeep when we are ready.
Now, we are ready for yesterday’s adventure.
Remember where we left you last?
This was going to be a hard climb up the mountain and Fergie had to stay with the jeep. Dolly was the designated dog sitter, so she stayed too. Probably best. I promised to take lots of pictures.
On my way up. See what Dolly and Fergie are missing?
Not much of a trail. Leveling out.
Lots rocks in the trail. Almost to the top!
Finally, I see caves! Everywhere.
Caves, but no wind!
Beautiful views from the top!
You can walk right through some of them!
Holes everywhere. Ole Evil Eye followed me here!
Professional photographer waiting for the perfect light.
Beautiful rugged country! Heading back down toward Split Mountain wash.
It was getting close to 4:00 when I got down to the jeep and we headed back out of Split Mountain wash. Only an hour of daylight left and it will take at least 20 minutes to get to the road.
We made it and as we headed down Split Mountain Road, there was a sign to our left that said “Elephant Tree Trail”. On the map, it wasn’t far, so we headed up the road to get a quick picture of the tree. The sign didn’t say it was going to be a half mile of rocks that they called a road! It was the bumpiest 4-wheel drive road we had ever been on. Oh, yes; it had it’s share of sand and washboard too!
See you later.