Trails and trials...

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

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Yesterday I had big plans to ride another trail, but actually got lost on the paved road just outside of the park.  As my dad would say, I "zigged when I shoulda zagged."  I was tired anyway, so just went back to the coach and sat outside.  Not for long, however, since it's gettin' a bit "toasty" here, as somebody else would say.

I did get a couple of nice shots of a singing cactus wren.  It's more of a call than an song, since these guys didn't go to Juilliard, for sure.  I got a good and short video, but don't know if I'll be able to convert it to share.  We will see... I saw.  I tried three different formats, but none worked.  Sorry...

This morning I got up at five and got on the trail by six-thirty.  I had talked to a couple of cyclists the other day and one recommended the Slate Trail as not being very rough.  I rode up the Clay Mine Trail to reach it and decided that was NOT a good choice.  The first portion is fine, but as I rode along, it got rocky and rough.  There's a flattened Brittle Bush that can attest to that.  No harm though...

The Slate Trail is an easy one, with smooth going and lots of ups and downs.  I had noticed the Quartz Trail on the map.  It's only 1.4 miles long, so when I found it on the way, I figured, why not?  Well now I can tell you why.  It's about four miles of steady, albeit smooth, climbing and, I swear, only a mile downhill back to the parking lot.  I felt like the big bad wolf, what with all of my huffin' and puffin'.  I drank lots of water and survived, feeling that I had accomplished something worthwhile in the exercise department. I also had the pleasure of seeing the Saguaro in bloom for my first time.  I only had the phone camera, so the photo isn't great, but you'll get an idea of how they look.  White blossoms, a new one for me in the cactus experience. I got back to the coach by about nine.  

After I spent a time basking in the sun and showered, it was time to go inside and enjoy the A/C for a few hours.

By afternoon, my ol' buddy, Pete arrived.  He's going to a get-together with his bros and sisters in Scottsdale tomorrow and then moving north.  He's found a job at the Seligman KOA, not far from Flagstaff. Interestingly enough, Lynnie and I stayed a night there in January of last year.  It's not so hot in that area and there's a lot of trails and such in the area.  Best wishes on your new job, Pedro!

Since Pete was tired, I spent only a few minutes visiting with him and being "pawed" by Duffy, his not-to-miniscule dog.

I barbecued some Johnsonville Beef Brats for dinner, but, quite frankly am disappointed with the flavor.  Did I get the wrong variety? Experience is the best teacher, I reckon.  Perhaps I'll consult with a Brat Expert and see where I went wrong.  

It tog to 101 degrees here today, but the coach was tolerable. Insulation isn't an important feature of this model.  I can attest to that.

The minute the sun went down, the temperature dropped to where it was tolerable to sit in the chair and watch the end of the sunset.  It's serene here with no one within a "football field" in propinquity.  I love that word and haven't had a chance to use it until now.  Thanks for your forbearance.  That one too...

That's the news from the desert, from my point of view.  Again, thanks for checking in.
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photodon on

Good to see you, Ralph. Sure is hot here in the desert ;0)

mike noble on

Sounds like some great bike riding, for sure. and think of the shape you are getting in. You inspired me to start riding mine again....started yesterday and whew, outa shape and some coordination.....but it will come back. So that kind of heat already....well, I think a couple records got broken here and hardly any spring rain. You sound like you are doing great and lovin it---keep trekking.

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