Thursday, February 22, 2018 – Location: Saddle Mountain near Tonopah, Arizona
This morning I got up and went outside just after 7 A.M. hoping to catch the Falcon 9 rocket take off at Vandenberg Air Force Base on the coast of California. 7:17 went by and no rocket. Evidently 500 miles is too far away to see anything.
Went back in and warmed the place up and sat around drinking coffee and reading blogs. The cold last night didn't bother us. We had enough covers to keep us comfortable. Got down to 32 degrees.
Around noon, I decided to hike up the canyon just south of our MH. To give you a perspective, this canyon goes about a mile and ends at a ridge overlooking the canyon we drove the Jeep into and hiked the opposite canyon just the other day.
As usual, Yuma leads the way. Nice ankle twisting, bone breaking boulders.
See that tiny Saguaro cactus way up at the very top center left. That’s where we’re headed.
That is the big mountain to my left that I climbed part way up the other day.
There’s the MH looking back to the north.
Yuma doesn’t always stay on the straight and narrow, so I have to fend for myself most of the time.
Looking to my right as we climb.
Kept hearing chirping and it was these little guys flitting through the trees.
Beautiful bright green Ocotillo plant.
Off to my right.
Looking back down the canyon to the north.
Looking into one of many little caves along the canyon wall near the top.
Looking back down the canyon.
Very near the top.
Looking over the ridge at the mountains to the south.
There is the white pinnacle I saw the other day way across the canyon in the mountain beyond.
Looking around at the beautiful views on either side of the canyon as I start my descent.
Over two mile hike today. Needless to say, I’m very tired and sore once more. Time to relax, do my blog, fix dinner and go to bed.
Hope you enjoyed the hike. See you later.