Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Confusing Day and Picacho Peak

 Starting to get closer to 9 AM before Nick, Yuma and I get up in the mornings.  Yuma is the one that makes the first move, wanting to go outside.  We had our full three course breakfast this morning and I remembered last night to pull out a couple of rib eyes for tonight.

Nancy sent me a list of places to see around Tucson, so this is where the confusion starts. She mentioned a ghost town named Ruby and Silver Bell Mine near Red Rock.

I put Red Rock in Google maps but my mind was thinking Ruby the ghost town.  I noticed Picacho Peak was near by, so we decided to hit both today.  Only about an hour up I-10 towards Phoenix.

We headed out around 11 o'clock and the first confusion occurred when we turned right onto I-10.  We actually turned a little short and ended up on the Frontage road running along side the interstate.

Like a dummy, I'm one to never say turn around and go back, we kept going towards the next exit about 5 miles up the road.  The road turned worse and worse and after about four miles we ran into a chained and locked fence.

Finally, I said Uncle and we turned around and went back losing about half hour of our one hour journey.😑

We got on I-10 and traveled the hour up to Red Rock with no problems passing to the west of Tucson.

Turned onto Red Rock road and there were houses all around and no sign of a ghost town.  After searching a little, we decided to check out Picacho Peak.  It wasn't until we were returning home later that I figured out I should have been looking for the Silver Bell Mine near Red Rock.😑  Great navigator I am!

We went the five miles up I-10 and stopped at the Peak.  Only $7 per vehicle.  They had two main hiking trails.  One that went to a vista overlooking the desert that was one mile round trip and a rugged three mile round hike to the top of Picacho Peak.

Being my first hike since April, we decided on the shorter hike and it was beautiful.  We're heading for the low area to the right side.






  






Picacho Peak behind us.


Nick wants to hike the Peak trail that takes about three hours, so once the White Lion is repaired we'll head this way.

Amazing, it only took 45 minutes to get home when you navigate properly.  It was now 4 o'clock and I was beat, so I rested till almost 5 o'clock before fixing dinner.  So did Yuma and Nick πŸ˜€

Grilled two rib eyes, a row of sweet potatoes and white potatoes and heated up the French beans.  Delicious, if I must say so myself! πŸ˜‹  And then pudding with whip cream for dessert.

Now it is time for Survivor!  Bummer! They voted out my pick to win😝

Thanks for stopping by.

15 comments:

  1. It was a beautiful trek you two went on today. Picacho Peak is very pretty. It's too bad you didn't have a better navigator, but you can hit the ghost town later. I'm glad Nick is going to tackle the 3-hour hike while you hold down the fort. Yuma seemed to enjoy himself.

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    1. That should be fun for Nick. Seemed excited about it. Wish i could. But he will have the camera.

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  2. Well rats!! Look up Silver Bell Mine on the map. If you had kept driving past those houses, you would have gone straight for several miles on a paved road before it turns to dirt and you head towards the mine from the North side. There's remnants of a town there as you follow the old railroad bed. If you keep going around the huge mountain where the mine is, you will come to the cemetery, which may show up on your map . I'm sorry you missed it! Ruby is down south towards the Mexican border ... another great ride ... the one you did last year with Deb and Tom I think. You've one upped me though ... I've never hiked Picacho Peak.

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    1. It turned out great anyway. It wasn't a wasted trip. We really enjoyed the shorter vista hike and Nick is excited about hiking to the top when we leave here.

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  3. Sometimes poor navigation can become a serendipitous adventure ... maybe next time :)
    Still you found a great hike and some fun times with Nick and Yuma.

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  4. Yay! You two are doing better than Bill and I. We didn't even attempt the Peak hike. It's gorgeous from up there.

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    1. Thought of you two as we hiked to the vista below the peak. Very beautiful day and got a little exercise too.

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  5. Beautiful pictures! I agree with Jeff :) Cute picture of Nick and Yuma sleeping on the couch. Dinner sounds yummy!

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    1. Thanks Shirley. We were tire after our first hiking excursion.

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  6. Great pictures. Between you and Patsy I've learned about a "new to us" area. I love the photo of Nick and Yuma. I haven't watched Survivor yet so I'm glad I don't remember who your favorite was!!!
    Elva

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    1. Thanks Elva. I've watched Survivor since it started 10 years ago. I like the Yuma, Nick pic too .

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  7. We saw that mountain on our way to Tucson...that other large mountain is Newman Peak. Hope you make it up the peak Nick!

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  8. Yes, I've passed several times but never stopped. Can't wait for pictures of Nick's hike to the top.

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  9. I really like it and I hope there is something new
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