ON OUR MORNING HIKE, KELLY LOOKS OVER OUR NEIGHBORHOOD FROM THE SAME ROCKY RIDGE THE FULL MOON SET BEHIND A FEW HOURS BEFORE
WITH CONGRESS ARIZONA BEHIND HER, KELLY LOOKS OUT OVER ‘HOUSE ROCK’ VALLEY
Monday night’s full Moon would have slipped right past me had Kelly not noticed it’s beautiful slow rise over the Weaver Mountains. Pheebs & I weren’t long in getting ourselves out for a walk in our little front yard Cactus garden. A full desert Moon lights up the landscape for miles around & I particularly like how it lightens the garden pathways. Despite my grumblings about the weather sometimes, I’m sure glad we are right where we are in sunny Arizona:))
LEFT PHOTOS SHOWS MONDAY NIGHT’S FULL MOON RISING ABOVE THE WEAVER MOUNTAINS & LEFT PHOTO SHOWS TUESDAY MORNINGS FULL MOON SETTING BEHIND A ROCKY RIDGE OUT BACK OF OUR HOUSE
I was able to accomplish a small goal this morning that I had set for myself just about a year ago now. From the first day we walked onto this Ghost Town Road property I had noticed a high rocky ridge in the desert a short distance behind our house. At the highest point I noticed a Palo Verde tree growing. Being my habit to climb up any high points around any of our boondocking sites over the years, I made a mental note to climb that ridge to the Palo Verde tree. Would have done that shortly after arriving last November but my winter long leg problem prevented me from doing that.
DIDN’T KNOW WE WOULD CLIMB THAT ROCKY RIDGE THIS MORNING & I WOULD GET ALL THE WAY TO THAT TALLEST PEAK ON THE LEFT
THE ROCKY SUMMIT TAKEN WITH A 300mm LENS FROM OUR BACK YARD & THE SAME LENS TAKES A PHOTO FROM THAT SUMMIT OF OUR HOUSE…IN THE LEFT PHOTO I WAS STANDING IN THAT GAP AT THE TOP & PHOTO AT RIGHT I WAS STANDING JUST TO THE RIGHT OF OUR WHITE BACK SCREEN DOOR
Little did I know when we left the house this morning on our morning walk that half an hour later I would be standing atop that very ridge next to the Palo Verde tree. We had discovered a path last month leading toward the ridge at the back of a nearby Park. For a change of pace we walked over to the Park this morning with the idea of walking up the rocky pathway for a short distance just to see where it went.
LEFT OUR COATS BEHIND & STARTED CLIMBING
LOOKING DOWN ON TENDERFOOT PARK WHERE WE HAD JUST WALKED THROUGH
As so often happens with us, we just kept right on going. It was about 8:40 when we started out with Pheebs way ahead in the lead. Five minutes into the walk we ditched our coats. The sun was really warming things up. Still had no intentions of going to the top but you know how it is once you get out hiking & exploring. Just a couple more steps, maybe around that bend we’ll pack it in & turn back. We just kept climbing. The path through the boulders & cactus was not easily discernable in some spots but we clambered over rocks & gravel anyway.
Reached the top of a ridge where we could see clearly for miles all around us including the valley to our west. The valley we had spent time Jeeping in with Aunt Jean, Peter, & Leslie. ‘House Rock’ was barely visible at the foot of the Date Creek Mountains.
TAKING A BREAK IN OUR CLIMB
Kelly began building some Inukshuks. (the traditional meaning of the inukshuk is "Someone was here" or "You are on the right path.") This area reminded me of a spot on California’s Ghost Mountain trail just before one makes the final climb to the Marshal South homestead.
Pheebs started ahead of me scouting a way up through the rocks. She is really good at this & can easily pick out hard to spot pathways. Climbing seems to be second nature to her & she easily picks her way through or climbs over large boulders. I followed her lead upwards.
PHEEBS HEADS OFF SCOUTING FOR A PATH TO THE SUMMIT…WE WOULD END UP GOING THROUGH THAT GAP BETWEEN THE LARGE ROUND BOULDER & THE BALANCING ROCK AT PHOTOS TOP LEFT
PHEEBS PICKS HER WAY THROUGH THE BOULDERS
This is the type of rock scrambling I like so much. I would class it as moderately difficult. No equipment needed except for a good pair of treaded hiking shoes & a good sense of balance. No thousand foot drop-offs to scare the be-jeebers out of a fella but just enough of a drop amongst the rocks to give one a wee twinge of excitement & make one pay close attention to where one places their hands & feet. A fall could result in a slightly dented head or some mighty sore buns for sure.
AT ONE POINT I GOT AHEAD OF PHEEBS FOR BIT
Pheebs of course made the top before I did but I wasn’t far behind. I was soon standing in a gap in the rocks beside the Palo Verde tree at the summit. I’ve been looking at that gap in the rock from our back yard for months & months now, wondering if my sore leg would ever let me get up there. It did. Great views all around as I took a few photos. My one regret is that I did not have my better quality Nikon D90 DSLR with me. Just my little Canon point & shoot. Like I said, when we left the house I had no intentions of climbing up to the top the ridge so left my D90 at home.
AT THE SUMMIT STANDING IN THE GAP BESIDE THE PALO VERDE TREE
However, I had my trusty Nikon D40 with me equipped with a 75-300mm lens so was able to crack off a few photos of the surrounding desert & the town of Congress Arizona below.
CONGRESS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN THE FOREGROUND
CONGRESS DOLLAR STORE & GAS STATION WITH THE CONGRESS MERCANTILE DEPOT IN PHOTO AT RIGHT
LOOKS LIKE A FEW FOLKS ARE BURNING SOME BRUSH THIS MORNING & THERE GOES NEIGHBOR LOU WITH HIS LITTLE DOGGY PAL, PEBBLES
IN FOREGROUND IS THE CATTLE WATERING HOLE WHERE AUNT JEAN, KELLY, PHEEBS, & I WALKED TO LAST WEEK & SEEN THE COW BONES… BELOW IS THE DESERT ROAD WE WALK MOST MORNINGS
THIS IS ALSO THE DESERT HAWK’S VANTAGE POINT FROM WHERE HE WATCHES US ON THE ROAD BELOW EACH MORNING
Pheebs & I carefully made our way down through the boulders again to where Kelly was hard at work just finishing off a couple Inukshuks. Reminded me of Hickiwan Trails RV Park near Why Arizona in our early years hiking along a ridge line east of camp & Kelly building Inukshuks
CAN YOU SEE KELLY DOWN THERE AT WORK ON HER INUKSHUK? SHE IS IN THE CENTER OF THE PHOTO
As I’ve said many times, going up a hill is the easy part. Coming down is the tough part & it’s always difficult for Kelly. Today was no exception with the hard to find trail having many loose rocks, stones, & brambles. But, we did make it back down okay without a scratch.
AND, SOMETIMES BACKWARDS IS BETTER
PHEEBS LOOKS BACK TO SEE HOW MOM IS DOING
All & all it was a great morning hike & rock scramble. How nice to be doing something different & seeing the landscape from a different perspective. And amazingly enough, my troubled leg did not bother me one little bit. I was able to scoot, scramble, & bounce my up & down that rocky ridge just the way I used to not long ago. Pretty darn nice feeling I can tell you. Our house was only a block away & we were home by 10. Just a mighty nice way to start another day……..:))
WE SURE HAD A THIRSTY LITTLE DOG WHEN WE GOT BACK TO THE PARK
Many readers will remember Sandra & Gordon from THE NOT SO NIGHTLY NEWS. They were Canadian Snowbirds until being stopped on their way south at the American border crossing & refused entry in the United States 3 years ago. Sandra has been fighting that case ever since & finally just received some good news. Check it out:))
BACK HOME, KELLY CHECKS ON HER INUKSHUKS ON THE RIDGE
Russ, Donna, & Poppy from TRAVELS IN THERAPY are making their way from Oregon down into California this week as RETIRED ROD, Loyce, & Biscuit are buzzing around San Diego checking out the sites. I don’t know who’s doing more of the buzzing, Rod or Biscuit. And, former blogger, Wandering Willy should be safely back home in British Columbia today. Other southern Snow Birds are beginning to stir. Routes & dates are being planned as feathers will soon be fluffed for flight. For us, probably sometime in early April.
A RAY OF SUNLIGHT REFLECTING IN THE CAMERA LENS GIVES PHEEBS A PURPLE HUE
GROANER’S CORNER:(( George had invited the pastor and his wife for dinner, and it was little Joey's job to set the table. But when it came time to eat, Joey's mother said with surprise, "Why didn't you give Mrs. Brown a knife and fork dear?".
"I didn't think I needed to," Joey explained, "I heard Daddy say she always eats like a horse."
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