The Unknown Trail and More

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Today we took a trail that was unmarked.  We had seen it when we hiked the Romero Ruins Trail yesterday and went for it today.  We met two other couples who had been in the area before, but really didn't know much about the trail.  We saw numerous elusive birds on the way and heard much birdsong.  It got hot quickly, in spite of the fact that we got a fairly early start.  We met up with a Washington couple who had been as far as the creek and pools, but knew nothing about the remainder of the trail.  The flora on the way was truly amazing.  Lots of colors and variety in the flowers.  I caught one bee off guard in a tiny poppy.  He seemed to have backed in and was caught.  Thus, I got a good close shot of him before he took off.

As we visited and looked at the creek area, another solo, woman hiker showed up and filled us in on the rest of the trail.  We took off, following the couple we had met, leaving them some "wagon room" and a bit of privacy.  The trail, as we had been warned, was really rough as we headed down into the first wash.  It's used heavily by horsemen, so there are lots of large rocks dislodged from the trail.  They create a real challenge for us with only two legs.  It was passable, if you paid close attention to the sand on the larger stones which made it slippery.  The entire route was about three and a half miles in length and we drank lots of water enroute.  We carry a two liter hydro-pack which is a great help.

Later in the day, after dinner of ribeye steak, baked potato, green beens and salad, we went out and got a few shots of the evening's sunset.  We met another couple from Washington and visited with the for a bit.  It's always fun to share stories and campsites with others of the same ilk.  It was a hot one here today, getting up to eighty six degrees.  We did sit out under the awning and read a bit, kept tolerably cool by the breeze.  We have electric power for the next two nights, so the AC was a great help.  

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photodon on

Ah, the explorers. A nice trail and more great photos, Ralph - oh, and nice sombrero, too.

ferd on

More great pics of the two of you! Nice Poppies and the ones in New O!

mike noble on

Sounds like an outstanding hike. I very much liked the closeup of the flower with the bee. Macro photos are hard to take and keep in focus...nice job!. Hey how did you do the moon shot? Looks very artistic. hugs


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