What? It was easier last year!
Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
100Trip End Jun 04, 2012
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I took Dolores out early, about seven thirty and headed for the Clay Mine Trail. The ascent gave me a good workout, more so than last year hiking with Lynnie. It soon changes into the Overton Trail, which circles a small mountain and returns. Where I had a real problems was with all of the loose rock on both the up and downhill sections. I need more practice. The steepness of the grade would have been enough. I must admit that I walked short sections of it just to be on the safe side. I decided to bag the Overton and headed more or less back to camp. Enroute, I met a couple of hikers that warned me about the exit of the trail I was taking, saying they had had problems in the past
I rode to where I was up close to a private house and did come back a ways and found another route. I finally found the campground fence and knew I was on the right track. The fence, however, headed up the hill that I had already ridden, with no sign of any opening. I thought to myself, Aha! All I need to do was find a wash somewhere soon. I rode a short ways further and Voila! A wash, or gully to us from the north. I was able to maneuver Dolores under the wire and soon found the return trail. I drank a lot of water this morning!
When I got back, I sat in the shade and recuperated. In watching the bird feeder, I was surprised to see a rabbit standing on his hind legs and feasting on the seed! The birds didn't pay much attention to him, but I did and sent him on his way. He watched for awhile from a distance and then disappeared into the brush.
The birds are very competitive for the food. I saw curve-bill thrashere, canyon towhees, doves, cactus wrens and even several Gambel quail vying for the seeds
It got into the low nineties today, so I mostly hung out in house. The awning helped with the sun, but as the sun moved, it didn't help much. I felt obligated to take a nap to make up for it. It's not called retirement for nothin', you know.
I'm looking forward to dinner and a walk through the campground in search of another few shots of the sunset. I do love 'em, and hope that you're not bored with my selection. It's a simple life I lead here and don't need much for stimulation. Thanks God.
Thanks again for stopping by, virtually, of course...