A Hike to remember

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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Cave Creek CG

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

We took off on a hike this morning on the Overton Trail, here in the park.  Lynn checked out the map and found what she liked, a hike of about three miles.  We walked from the coach to the trailhead of the Clay Mine trail.  It merges with the Overton at about a mile from our site.  The rental horses use a good part of the trail and thus the surface is deep, nasty dust.  That's a good reason to wear boots.  We did.

The trail climbed and climbed until it topped out at a pass of sorts, at about three miles.  We stopped for a small snack on a nice bench there and relaxed a bit.  Then we climbed some more.  It wasn't a bad climb, but just another climb that we had forgotten about.

We finally merged with the Go John trail which leads down a series of switchbacks to the parking lot.  We were at about four miles by then.  We were both getting tired.  Lynn was not happy.  We walked a bit down the road and found the trail which leads back to the Clay Mine Trail.  Another climb ensued.  We finally reached the last high point and headed down toward camp.  On our way, earlier, we met a couple of other campers.  The fellow told us of their experience just after dark last night.  The spotted several javalinas right at their campsite!  We've been searching for them for the last couple of years, with no luck.  He said that there was a boar and several females, but most importantly there were several tiny, babies.  What a great experience it must have been!

We got back to camp and per Runkeeper, on the phone, we had covered 5.53 miles.  No wonder we were bushed!  Earlier, as we hiked, I asked Lynn what she was thinking about.  She said that she was trying to decide whether to make ham sandwiches with smoked cheddar or Swiss cheese for our lunch meal... A nice distraction, for sure... Whatta gal, she is.

We decided on smoked cheddar and had a fine meal.

Later, I was looking for tracks at our site and identified javalina tracks here with tiny prints, obviously belonging to babies.  At least we know that they are present here.  Now to keep a keen eye out for them.  Lena, beware!

We have a new HDTV in the coach now, so we were able to watch PBS for a couple of hours this evening.  There are about twenty OTA (Over The Air) channels here in the Phoenix area.  The antenna on Shorty did the job.  A nice distraction from reality for a change, for us anyway.  Plus, this TV weighs only about ten pounds compared with the monster I removed at home.  Makes a big difference on the rough roads, since the dash doesn't dance at all now.  Ahhh, technology...

Thanks again for dropping around for a view.  You are the reason I invest the time in this and the photos.  Without friends with whom to share life, what is the point?
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Cherie on

Very funky solarized sunset

Dennis on

Loved the solarized sunset.

ferd on

Glad you are in warmer country! Nice sloarized photo....filters? How about some more peanut butter and pickle sandwiches? Hugs!

ps. we now have LOTS of yummy apple sauce...thanks!

Chris Stockwell on

Found the warmth. I am always happiest when I am walking.

photodon on

I did the GoJohn trail with my sisters some years ago. A very scenic hike, as I recall. Javelinas are cool to see but you don't want get between the boar and the chilluns as I'm sure you know. Nice sunset image, Ralphie.

Thomas A. Dooling on

Keep the travelogues, meal diaries and photos coming, Ralphie; It isn't quite -- hell, it isn't even nearly the same as being there, but it's warming/ I can't figure whether you were bored or gored by Poppa Javelina, or just toying with the concept. I'd love to see your photographic artistry at work on the javelinitas, if the opportunity presents itself.
All in all, I'd rather be there than tippy toeing up tp to my second self-inflicted bout with chemical nasties -- it wasn't a good weekend and I envy you.
My love, jealousy and admiration.

rob on

You may want to hang out there till next week; California is sending us some crappy weather.

Mary C. on

I had never heard of javelinas so of course I had to so a picture search this evening to see what they were........th, of course, I understood why Lynn had a hankerin' for a ham sandwich later on....too much thinking about pig meat.

mike on

Nice artsy picture of the RV and sunset....looks framable to me. Hiking in the desert sounds pretty darn good (even the over 5 mile part) from our aspect as their was another foot of snow or more the last two days. Now comes the cold. I know you are so jealous. I spend a bit of time reading downtown in a coffee shop so it isn't all bad. Keep on trucking!

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