Sunday, March 15, 2020

Hike into Palm Canyon

Location:  Palm Canyon Road in Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona

Note:  Click on any picture to enlarge.

First thing I have to let you know that at 74 I still don't know everything. :((  I didn't know you don't put scales on a rug!  I had bought a nice rug for the bathroom and the scales looked nice on it.  

After my post last night I wondered about the rug, so placed the scale on the floor and weighed and I gained 5 1/2 pounds.  I now weigh almost 136 pounds so I guess I'm not dying.  Still not breaking any records but not as bad as I thought.  Learned something new!

I woke up at 1 o'clock last night and downloaded my pictures and uploaded my blog and hopefully don't have to do that again today.  Today I tackle Palm Canyon.

I had to wait till afternoon and try to catch the Sun hitting the crevice in the canyon, so I could get pictures of the palm trees in full sunlight.  Not sure when that is but figure about 1:30 this afternoon.  In the meantime Yuma and I did some relaxing. 
 There is the mountain,
Beautiful mountain!
 and there is the canyon. You can just barely see the white line which is the road up to the entrance to the canyon.  Luckily, no long walk today.
 At about 1 o'clock, Yuma and I jumped in the Jeep and started the 10 mile drive to the canyon.

There is the parking lot ahead.

Looking back toward hwy 95 and beyond from the parking lot.

We're off.  Yuma can't wait.  Pulling me up the mountain trail.

There is a lot of climbing to get to the palm trees.

 After about half a mile climb, we saw them and sure enough they were in the sunlight.  I'm a lucky duck!

Growing right out of the rocks.

See!  Yuma can read.  :))

There are even Saguaro Cactus growing up there.

The Palm trees are in the upper center.  See how far up they are?
Heading back down now.  Yuma making sure I'm coming along.

Isn't it a pretty view from the parking lot!
 Heading back to the WL around 3 o'clock.

Flowers along the roadside.
I again took some Tylenol and soaked my feet even though they didn't feel bad.  Just want to make sure.

Cooked steak and potatoes on the grill this evening just before the sun set while I was downloading pictures.  Such a beautiful evening.  It has been a very nice day.  Sunny and low 70s with just a breeze.  Going to sleep good tonight in this weather.

I'm glad I made the trip up here.  Very relaxing and I can't get over how beautiful the Kofa Mountains are.  Big and rugged.  Tomorrow, back to civilization and all its problems. :((  Hopefully for only a day or so and then I'm out of Yuma for the year.

See you later.


  1. Loved all the fantastic pictures of your trip to Palm Canyon. All the palms look amazing! You can't tell there was a fire. Thats a great picture of you and Yuma hiking. Yuma is so photogenic in all his pictures. Hope you get everything done at Tom's with no problems.

    1. Thanks Dolly. Yuma is easy to take pictures of. He's so elegant. Hoping all goes well in Yuma today.

  2. Great pictures of the mountain, and so cool palm trees are in the mountain? Wonder how that happened?
    You 2 do a good job of relaxation! I'm pretty good myself! Take care, Rawn

    1. Thanks Rawn. Google Palm Canyon Arizona and you can read the history of the trees. Interesting.

  3. I'm so glad you gained those 5 1/2 pounds. I didn't know that about carpet or rugs, but Ken did. Awesome pictures today once again! Dinner sounds yummy! I love the desert flowers blooming!

    1. Thanks Shirley. Now I know why heavy people always put their scales on carpet :))

  4. Great pictures. Isn't it amazing how those palms got into that canyon ... and continue to grow!! No the scale cannot go on a rug. You will not weigh the same!! I love that Yuma stays with you. My two are runners ... I would never see them again if I let them off their leash.

    1. Thanks Nancy. It is interesting to read the history of the palm 🌴. Yuma always checks on me when we're hiking if I'm out of his site. Never worry about him running off. He's my faithful companion.


  5. Great pictures of Kofa's Palm Canyon. Palm trees require a reliable source of water, making their location a fun find.

  6. Yes that Palm Canyon hike is a nice one and it's amazing how those palms grow in that tiny steep rocky crevice. The Kofa Mountains are one of my favorite places with lots of things to see and search out.

  7. The desert is blooming and I wish we were still there to see it. Great pictures of the palms and the views up in the parking area are fantastic. Never doing that hike again up and over all those boulders and rocks one time was enough but driving up for the views is worth it, especially at sunset. Yuma always takes a good picture.