What? It was easier last year!

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

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What I did
A Nasty Trail...

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

This morning I got up in time to catch the sliver of a moon before sunrise.  Hopefully the photos will pan out.  The sleeping is cool here, what with the nice temps in the high forties and the quietude.  There's no one within about two hundred feet of Shorty, so that helps.

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 didn't ask any questions, and wish I had.  The guy said that I could always come back this way and try again.  Not good.

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.  Fun to watch!  Oh, and an occasional house finch stopped by.

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...
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George on

Great pics. I've never seen a rabbit pigging out at a bird feeder.

photodon on

Looks like a good time, Ralphie and the birds and rabbits are happy, too.

Mary C. on

Incredibly beautiful moon pic!

mike noble on

So you signed up a jack rabbit to put even more humor into your writings...good work. I never get bored of your photos. Oh, and besides a sunset maybe a bird slide show too with music. I am sending a song for that though truthfully, it is more for laughs....you may or may not remember it. Sounds like you have a great time watching the birds....hopefully Q and I will do that once we get back on the road. May buy another VW camper in the future. Adios for now.

Sus on

So Ralphie...sounds like plenty of adventure on those rides....I'm glad you are out there doing it for me.....ya know that vicarious stuff.... for now that will just have to do. Be safe and keep the pics coming. love ya

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