Saturday, March 7, 2015
Everyday, I look over the bow of my motorhome and see those black mountains in the distance to the south. I often see ATVs racing down the road across the canal from me to the east heading towards those mountains.
Today, I am going to see what is so interesting over there. I can see small roads running along the crests of the mountains.
We drive the three miles north on our dusty, washboard road up to Imperial Road (hwy 24), make a right over the bridge and then another right and we are now on the other side of the canal heading south. This road is smaller and lined with bushes and small trees. Those mountains are dead ahead.
After six miles of driving, we are now 200 feet from camp, but the canal separates us.
We reach the first hill and up we go without a thought.
As I come over the top and see what is before me, yesterday’s memories of driving on hill crests came back to me in flash.
Luckily, there was a fairly flat spot on the top of the hill I am on, so I pull over as far as I can, in case an ATV comes along later. Yuma and I get out and walk. And it was not a hill too soon. The trail on the very next hill was at a 45 to 50 degree angle and there was no way I was going to drive my jeep around that. I would slide right down into the ravine.
On foot, the pressure was off and Yuma and I enjoyed the views all around as we headed towards the top.
The photos don’t show depth very well, but you can see from the trees and the saguaro cactus below that the ravines are deep.
The views of the mountains and ravines were beautiful in a stark way.
The top of that hill is our destination. As you can see there is no shade anywhere and it is beginning to get quite hot. Calling for 87 this afternoon and it is 11:30 am now.
Before we reached the jeep, Yuma and I posed for a photo overlooking our home for this week, Mittry Lake.
Just east of the road following the canal is the Yuma Proving Ground. I’m guessing this tank didn’t make it.
We were home by 1:30 pm and all we did for the rest of the day was rest and stay out of the sun. I really do like relaxing outside under the awning in this weather.
See you later.