Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cactus Canyon and Visitors

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Yuma woke up and walked on top of me to look out the back window at 3 a.m. this morning.  When I looked out I could see the half moon peeking through the clouds.


When I awoke this morning, there was a fog hanging over the mountains and it was damp, but I could tell it was going to burn off and be a beautiful day.


We had bacon and scrambled eggs with grapefruit and orange juice for breakfast this morning.  Topped off with an XL breakfast nut bar.

We then hopped in the Jeep and headed out to explore.  We followed the Colorado River Aqueduct maintenance road East along the edge of the Eagle Mountains for about twelve miles.



Then went up into a canyon.  The whole canyon was full of Cholla Cactus, Barrel Cactus and Brittle Bush.  It was like going into a different world.



The Colorado River Aqueduct comes along these mountains.  The pipeline originates at Lake Havasu and provides water for the Los Angles and Southern California area.  This is just one of the smaller feeder pipes.  Not sure if it is even being used.





Looking East through the Chuckwalla Valley and the Colorado Desert. 


Looking West towards Coachella Valley and the Salton Sea.


Made it back to camp in the early afternoon and rested for awhile.  We were just walking around the area and a Mercedes Van pulled into the campsite that Yuma’s girlfriend, Jodie was staying until this morning. 

The gentleman got out of the van and Yuma just had to run over and meet him.  As I walked up, he asked if that camp was a good one to stay in and was it too close to mine.  I said, someone had just left that site this morning and it was a perfect place for them.

He then said, “By the way, we follow your blog.”  I was shocked.  Turns out they had just been visiting with their friends and mine, Al and Kelly of the Bayfield Bunch on Ogilby Road near Yuma. 

They introduced themselves as Gord and Cathie from Ontario.  After leaving the Yuma area, they headed this way.  This is their first year at boondocking and Gord said he learned a lot from reading my blog.  I am glad that my blog is able to help make it easier for others wanting to give it a try.

Yuma has new friends now.  Already forgotten Jodie.


They have a busy agenda.  They are wanting to start their travels through the Joshua Tree NP tomorrow and hope to snag a site within the park to stay for at least one night.  Those are hard to grab because of their popularity.  Maybe, we will have time in the morning for a chat before they leave.

This evening, I cooked my second pork chop with a potato.  The pork chop came out great.  The potato was just a little crunchy, but not bad.  Need to cook a little longer next time. 

Eric and Shaena, my friends from the stuck car episode, had read my blog about needing a potato and gave me two potatoes.   I only wanted two.  I have two pork chops and that is all I need.

Turned out to be another great day, just as I knew it would.

See you later.


  1. Absolutely amazing picture of the moon in the clouds!! Just gorgeous! Cactus Canyon is stunning! So many barrel cactus and chollas. All the pictures were fantastic. It's always nice to meet friendly folks.

    1. Thank you, Dolly, my number one fan. It was a unique canyon. So beautiful to just sit and look around this scenic panorama.

  2. Your 1st sentence paints a perfect picture and is so funny !! Also, I have never seen anyone post a photo of that canyon. It is definitely like another world - those barrel cactus look like big pumpkins sitting in a patch. WoW - that belongs on a calendar ! Carry on - 🌵🌞

    1. Thank you, Moonfly. It surprised me, because he rarely moves during the night. I really don't know the name of the canyon. I just gave it that name. It is beautiful though.

  3. More wonderful scenery there and nice to meet Blog Followers here in the desert especially from Ontario close to us and the Bayfield Bunch. Glad you cooking a bit on the BBQ, a baked potato will take about 45 minutes then cook you pork chop, sounds yummy.

    1. Thanks, George. I think I was about 10 minutes short on the potato.

  4. We overnighted one time where you are but never drove that aqueduct road so we'll have to keep that in mind for the next time we're in that area. Nice that you got to meet Gord and Cathie. That canyon looks like a great place.

    1. Thank you, Al. It was a nice find. Never would have found the canyon if my neighbors hadn't told me where it was. There is a Painted Canyon slot canyon over near Mecca on Box Canyon Road. Four hour walk but they don't allow dogs. Also have to climb ladders. Heard it's beautiful.

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    1. There were bunches of them Cheryl Ann. Thank goodness Yuma knew to stay out of them. Not one sticker for either of us.

  6. Beautiful pictures, Doug. the words 'we follow your blog' have a special meaning to us bloggers, it is great to find new blurkers. (blog lurkers). Without them we would be invisible!

  7. Thank you, Patsy. It is nice to have followers. Based on the numbers, most followers don't comment or stop by and that is fine. If someone enjoys seeing photos of the Southwest area and likes Yuma, then that is a good thing. Glad to see you get more adventuresome with your camera.

  8. Dad, with over 127k visitors to your blog over the years you shouldn't be surprised when other say they follow you!

  9. Wow! Great photos of all the cholla and barrel cactus - hope Yumta is savvy about the cholla - it's no fun getting the 'jumping' cholla off a dog and trying to get all the spines out! (don't ask, it wasn't pretty).