This morning, I was lying in bed doing my brain games at 7:30. No heat required today. Starting out to be a nice warm day with only a slight breeze.
First thing I did was to put a call in to my friendly State Farm agent. Actually, one of his secretaries. He will only pick up the phone if it is a sale. Got and answering machine asking me to leave a message. I knew that as soon as I mentioned a claim, I would not get a return call today. Sure enough, no call. Try again tomorrow. Luckily, I have lots of time. Evidently, they don't.
After breakfast, I did some Google searching for hiking trails into the Superstition Mountains and there are quite a few. Didn't want a long trail today, so I selected the Hieroglyphic Trail on the southside of the mountains near the town of Gold Canyon at the bottom of the mountains.
Only a 15 minute drive. The information said to be sure to park only in designated parking or risk being towed. Followed directions and got close and there was a long line. Asked someone, why the line and he said, there were no parking places available, so have to wait my turn. That's not going to happen! So, we turned around and got out of there.
The next closest trail was the Peralta Trailhead, not far away, so we headed there. It was a five mile drive off the highway on a dirt road towards the mountains. This trail can be as long as I like. There are several waterfalls about three miles up the mountain. I am not prepared for a 6 mile walk, so Yuma and I decided to just go there and hike up to the base of the mountains. We'll come back soon, to travel the full distance.
This time when we ran into a line of cars, it was not because of no parking places, but a water filled wash keeping the low riding cars from crossing. They were leaving their cars there and hiking the mile to the trailhead. Of Course, a little water won't stop the Silver Streak.
The Peralta Trailhead is located on the southside of the Superstition Mountains. There was quite a crowd of hikers, but Yuma only ran into one doggie friend. Yuma was very good and basically ignored the hikers, unless they leaned down to give him a pet. He was all for that. The portion we hiked was not very steep and easily hiked. It gets much steeper close to the falls.
I must say, the views were great.
The "I need gas" light came on as we were heading for pavement, so stopped at a gas station and while there bought a couple of burgers from McDonalds for Yuma and me. Made it home around 3 o'clock and laid outside eating lunch/dinner enjoying the nice afternoon.