WICKENBURG’S VULTURE PEAK
Sunday’s cold afternoon rain finally quit Sunday evening with sky’s clearing overnight leaving us with temperatures hovering somewhere just above the freezing mark. Sure glad to see Monday mornings big orange sunset but hopes for warm temperatures were soon dashed when heavy clouds moved back into the area.
I’ve trimmed up all the trees on the property and raked up the grounds so there’s not a lot for me to do around here these days. No point in me planting more cactus or starting any more projects so rather than sitting around watching TV or reading Pheebs and I again took the Jeep and headed off down the road. Original idea was to head out into the desert behind our place to Indian Rock but walking to the Jeep I could see my breath. Knowing the day was not going to get much warmer going for a walk held little interest for me. I dislike cold just as much as I dislike hot!!
THIS TALL PEAK IN THE DATE CREEK MOUNTAINS BEHIND OUR HOUSE CAN BE SEEN FROM McDONALDS IN WICKENBURG
Talked it over with Pheebs and she agreed it would be warmer for us just to go for a ride in the Jeep and enjoy the scenery so that’s what we did. At the end of Ghost Town Road we turned right and headed west on highway 71. Not really sure where we were going so we just kept on going.
HEADING WEST ON HIGHWAY 71 WITH THE WEAVER MOUNTAINS SLIPPING AWAY BEHIND US IN MY SIDEVIEW MIRROR
Noticed a lot of cloud banks sitting on the surrounding mountain tops with with long fingers of ground fog hanging low across the desert floor. Far to the south about 15 miles away Vulture Peak was entirely fog shrouded but also noticed the bank of clouds was on the move. Made a bunch of stops along highway 71 taking photos of the changing cloudscape on the distant horizon and soon saw Vulture Peak beginning to emerge from the mists.
INSTEAD OF TRYING TO PICK OUT HALF A DOZEN PHOTOS OF THIS MORNINGS CHANGING CLOUD COVER I HAVE INCLUDED THE BULK OF MY PHOTOS TO SHOW VULTURE PEAK SLOWLY EMERGING FROM THE MISTS
AT THIS POINT VULTURE PEAK IS STILL HIDDEN BY CLOUDS OUT OF THE PHOTO TO THE LEFT
LOOKING EAST TOWARDS THE WEAVER MOUNTAINS
VULTURE PEAK ON THE LEFT BEGINS TO EMERGE
VULTURE PEAK APPEARED AS A TRUE SKY ISLAND THIS MORNING
We followed highway 71 to highway 60 just east of Aguila and turned left heading back towards Wickenburg. Mountain mists had lifted and our minds were on food now. Had ourselves quite a time trying to decide between McDonalds, Subway or Burger King. I was leaning towards a big Whopper but Pheebs finally talked me into a tuna sub at Subway so with that destination in mind we made our way into and down through the heart of Wickenburg to the south end of town where Subway was right next door to McDonalds. Pheebs was ecstatic when I came walking out of Subway with a 6” Tuna Sub in hand. Didn’t take us long to have our usual big mess going on with lettuce and tomatoes on my lap, gooey honey mustard sauce on the steering wheel, green pepper chunks between the seats and scraps of onions on the floor. And of course a little bit of everything dribbled down the front of my shirt as well but I do think most of the Tuna ended up in our tummies somehow.
A TRUE SKY ISLAND IN A SEA OF CLOUDS AND ALSO CAN YOU SEE THE BIG DINOSAUR ON THE RIGHT LOOKING LEFT
ALMOST LIKE A HUGE ALIEN SPACESHIP HOVERING OVER THE LAND
From Subway we backed out and drove a couple hundred feet to McDonalds drive-thru across the road. One small coffee to go and away we went. Could have taken our usual long dusty desert back road route to Congress but opted for taking highway 93 and set a course for home. Swung ourselves around Wickenburg’s 3 round-a-bouts and half an hour later we rolled into our Ghost Town Road driveway. Don’t think it was even 11 o’clock yet.
GROUND HUGGING FOG CAN BE SEEN IN ONE OF THE VALLEYS LOW SPOTS
LOOKING NORTHWEST FROM HIGHWAY 71
ALTHOUGH IT LOOKS LIKE CLOUDS IN THE ABOVE AND BELOW PHOTOS i BELIEVE THESE TO BE EMISSIONS FROM THE TONOPAH POWER PLANT SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 10
CLOSING IN ON THE TOWN OF AGUILA WITH HARQUAHALLA MOUNTAIN ON THE HORIZON
FARM TRACTORS ON A LARGE AGRICULTURE PROJET EAST OF AGUILA
DECISIONS, DECISIONS, WHICH WAY TO GO…..WE KNEW WE WERE ONLY HALF AN HOUR AWAY FROM A TUNA SUB IN WICKENBURG SO THAT’S WHERE WE WENT
DROVE OURSELVES INTO SOME LIGHT FOG JUST WEST OF WICKENBURG
We did get a bit of sunshine this afternoon but the air remained cool with a daytime high on our outside thermometer of about 52F. There was no sitting on the front porch reading today.
AT WICKENBURG’S SUBWAY TODAY
IS IT REALLY NECESSARY TO MAKE SUCH A BIG MESS DAD
YES I’M AFRAID IT IS PHEEBS
WELL LET’S JUST GET AT ER AND GET THIS BIG MESS UNDERWAY THEN DAD:))))
ON HIGHWAY 89 HEADING HOME WITH CONGRESS DEAD AHEAD ABOUT 5 MILES,,,.CLOUD SHROUDED WEAVER MOUNTAINS ON THE RIGHT
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A young lad's father picked him up from school to take him to a dental appointment. Knowing the parts for the school play were supposed to be posted today, he asked his son if he got a part. The boy enthusiastically announced that he'd gotten a part. "I play a man who's been married for twenty years." "That's great, son. Keep up the good work and before you know it they'll be giving you a speaking part."