Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Our Location: Saddle Mountain BLM, Tonopah, AZ
 
No post tonight. We had a very busy day and I'm just too tired to write one.  I'll either write one in the morning or add it to tomorrow's nights ramblings. 
 
Thanks for stopping by. 
 
Take care, be safe, 
 
Deb

Little driving, little hiking, little resting....



Our Location: Saddle Mountain BLM, Tonopah, AZ

(lots of pictures tonight)

It was a bit chilly this morning and I stayed under the covers until the clock said it was nearer to 8 than it was to 7:30 am. So I  missed the sunrise and frankly I was just as happy to stay inside as it was only 37F/2.7C outside. I think I'm becoming a wimp when anything in the 30's is too cold for  me. Gosh I wonder how that happened? I've always disliked the cold but usually I'm not such a whiner about it. 

I climbed to just about the bottom of the top knot on the right....

Can you see the saddle? 

I puttered around doing a few things and starting the water to heat, turned on the heater by which time Miss Riley had her eyes open but was refusing to acknowledge that she was awake. I think she would have been happy to turn over and go back to sleep. However once I mentioned the water was on she managed to extricate herself from beneath her mound of covers (although she didn't have her duvet pulled over her) to stumble out into the kitchen for a few minutes. 

Can you see the face? Those are caves up there forming the eyes...

This cave is lower down on the side, you can't see it unless you climb around the side...

We discussed our options today, Riley insisting she didn't want to walk anywhere at all. Driving was the order of the day. We discussed Buckeye but instead chose to check out the canyon Doug from Miss Adventure Travels mentioned the other day. He and Yuma had some fun in there and it looked like a great place to venture into, so that became our plan for today. 

It doesn't look it but that's a really steep climb littered with rocks everywhere. I made it to just below that topknot .
 
The view to the southwest from part way up the climb...
We climbed into the Dogsled heading back toward the canyons but checked out another road first. It offered some interesting views but nothing that would lead us to bring the Igloo there at any time. It dead ended not far from into the small foothills, so we turned around to go back to the beginning of our own road, but we took the right fork which we've taken before but this time we were going much further. We live on the left fork. 

The Dogsled is over to the right, way off in the distance...



Seen through the gap, that's the camping area here at Saddle Mountain...
 
This trail actually goes on the west side of the mountain just outside our door. A few days ago on our hike up the mountain Riley and I could see the location Doug had mentioned where the roads connect and the fence runs along. It was very visible when we stopped on the small plateau and looked west. So if some of the pictures look a bit familiar that's why. 

Can you see the Dogsled?

We live on the other side of this mountain...
 
The road is rough in some places but not bad in others. We drove further into the canyon until we came to place to pull off. We hadn't gone too far but I was enjoying the views and I thought perhaps we could walk the rest of way as it looked to be getting more narrow the further we went. Riley didn't want to walk, not even on the road so I told her I'd be back in 30 minutes. I should have said 45 but oh well, I couldn't call her, no signal in the hills. I was back in 30 minutes. 

Looking through the same gap as before, see I-10 out there ?

Marble Bunt Cake Mountain...

Since Riley wasn't with me I had no issues with getting off the roadway and I never made it back into the canyons that Doug had mentioned. Instead I climbed almost to the top of small dip in the mountains but ran out of time to make it to the top and be back within the specified time. I did manage to see some interesting things on this rapid climb though. 

Layers and layers of mountains...

The desert floor is pretty clean here... not a lot of rocks...

These mammoth statues offer many things to those that come, that dare to drive or walk in their shadows, and to those brave enough to set feet down upon their sides and venture upwards they offer treasures long forgotten or perhaps unknown. The treasures I've seen through the camera lens views that leave one in awe, they defy words worthy of their beauty. A treasure that I have been granted to witness first hand. How can one not be humbled by such a gift?    

That is I-10 out there in the distance...

Looking out over the camping area of Saddle Mountain...

I climbed high enough to see some of the campers here on our side of the mountain through the gap. It was a sight to see and I wished I had more time. It would have been nice to make the top, I'm certain the views would have been spectacular. However I had to hurry back down to make the appointed time. Next time I'll go back by myself and take my time to reach that peak, maybe go a bit deeper into the canyons as well. Today we barely touched the outer edges. 

Not as many campers as there was on the weekend...

Can you see the green of the fields?

I hurried back down to make the appointed time and strolled up to the door at exactly 11 am. Riley was waiting patiently playing on her phone. I don't think she would have minded me being late. We opted to turn around there and head back home. The road didn't get any better the further we went so heading back was the choice this time. 

The other night's pictures were taken from down by that big rock. From the bottom of the mountain it looks far up but from up here, it doesn't look nearly as far. That slope is quite steep and rock strewn in reality.

From down on the level again....

We were back home at the Igloo around noon hour. Finding some books on our doorstep as we had given some Canadian folks a bag of books a couple of days ago and she returned the bag with a new selection for us. Some we've read but that's okay, we'll eventually find someone to trade with again. 

If this had a clock it would be perfect in a town square....

Such a beautiful view of this  mountain...

We decided since there was little wind we would burn the cardboard boxes our chairs came in. We emptied the fire pit of previously tossed in wood (someone left it full before our arrival) tossed in some paper and started our fire. It took about a half our to burn all of the cardboard, tossing in a few 'sticks' that we'd removed to help finish the burning process. About an hour later I poured water on it to ensure it wasn't going to flare up as the wind gusts were picking a bit, not much but I didn't want to have any issues. 



Lunch today for me was left over soup and small piece of ham steak. For Riley I bbq'ed a ham steak, a veggie packet of asparagus, green beans and mushrooms, along with some potato wedges. She enjoyed it and cleaned up her entire plate so it must have been good. I enjoyed the veggie soup and we have enough left over for one more meal. Although I've already started to prep everything for sausage soup tomorrow. I'll just brown the sausage in the morning before tossing it into the slow cooker with all the other ingredients. It can cook all day while we are out. 

Taken as the sun was setting...

We are the white unit in the shade of the mountain you can see...

I had a nap this afternoon, as the climb tired me out. Only about 45 minutes but that was enough. We kept the door and windows closed most of the day as it's a bit cool with them open. So tonight on my way to take sunset pictures I bundled up but I think it was a bit much, I ended up taking off at least one layer. Better to have it to take off than not to have it and wish for it. 




Read my book for a while before heading off to take sunset pictures. Once again I headed cross country to the hill just outside the door. I've climbed it a number of times but haven't seen any evidence of the big horned sheep others have seen. Tonight I was up and down and back up trying to get a good view of both the path I think they might take and the sunset. Finally I gave up and chose the sunset instead. It was a pretty one tonight. Although I didn't get too many pictures. 



I was trying to chat with my dad while I was up on the side of the mountain but there was too much interference. I hung up until after the sunset, walked home and called him then. We chatted for about 20 minutes, discussing a few things and catching up. 



I had to move inside while still chatting as the air was just too cool outside. It was 7 pm and the temperature was 55F/12C and falling fast. Hopefully this will be our last cold night. After that I donned my jammies and started editing my afternoon/evening pictures and writing this post. 



That was our day. A bit of a driving tour, a bit of a hike, chatting with dad and a sunset. A mixed bag of sorts I think. Tomorrow we have definite plans to head into the town of Glendale and for a our first ever visit to a Cabala's store. Some new hiking boots are in order. We have a few other things we need to do in town as well but that's for tomorrow. I think we'll stick to that plan as it will keep me off the mountains for the day. 



Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit. Feel free to leave a comment. 




Until next time.... take care, be safe, 



Goodnight from Saddle Mountain BLM...



Deb



 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Lots of walking today, visit with a friend, and writing on the .....stones...



Our Location: Saddle Mountain BLM, Tonopah, AZ
A cool morning but not overly cold, heavier jacket and my little mini gloves were more than sufficient to ward off the cold this morning during my picture taking. 
On my way up the mountain side to take sunrise pictures...
 
It was around 7:15 am when I stepped outside this morning, it was light outside but the sun wasn't yet up and I decided I'd try to catch it from a higher view point. Crossing the two washes directly beside the Igloo I headed a bit upwards nearing the base of the jutting rock top seen out our door step. There I took my sunrise shots and some of the views you see in the pictures. 
It was a kind of easy going thing, no clouds or other distractions...
 
Back home we changed plans from heading into Buckeye since it wasn't too cold and there was little to no wind it was a perfect day to walk. After our morning hot cuppa we headed off to see if we could find the desert tortoises we've head about. Our walk took us over a few washes and along a few rocky outcroppings but I will say we didn't see any evidence of any tortoise, living or other wise. We must not be in the right area. Oh well, it was a nice walk. 
It just kind of popped over the edge with no fanfare....
We headed back toward the jeep road and toward home before deciding we'd drop by to see Doug & Yuma for a bit. The walk to their location was a bit of a leg stretch, a few cross country areas were a bit hard to slither across but we made it. We were greeted by an excited Mr. Yuma complete with tail wags and nose high jumps. Our first sighting of Doug was him coming around the corner calling Yuma back to the MH. Yuma however knew we were going there and just kept pace with us, all the time looking at Doug as if to say," But dad, they're coming to our place anyway." 
This is the view toward Courthouse Road and I-10...
This looking a bit to the north of our location in a northeast direction...
Doug brought out his extra chairs as we didn't have any with us since it wasn't in our plans to visit anyone when we left home. Conversation flowed easily with Doug pointing out his mountain goat like climbing trail up the huge mountain out his doorway. He lead the way back to the markings on the stones which appear to have slid down or toppled down the mountain side. The petroglyphs are not easy to find, and our first visit here to Saddle Mountain I walked past them but I was much lower down. 
I think the desert may start to bloom soon....
More blooms coming....
 
Yuma lead the way and the three of us hiked along behind with Doug pointing out various sights. The views are amazing from there. I left Doug and Riley down below and climbed a little further up hoping to find more petroglyphs but I didn't see anything else. Yuma didn't find any either.  Back down at the MH we said our goodbyes and head home. About a mile and a half maybe but fairly easy walking as we stuck to the road most of the way. 
 
The Petroglyphs, obviously a huge animal perhaps some kind of elephant or rhino relation as this one has what appears to be tusks of some sort...
I wonder if that is a person being knocked into the air after being charged by the animal? I also wonder what kind of story this might be, if the many dots may be rain or perhaps snow and if this was perhaps all one story instead of individual pictures.
Back home we could smell the veggie soup we had going in the crock pot. Smelled wonderful. Perfect time to make soup with not a single cloud in the brilliant blue overhead, our solar panels had no trouble topping the batteries and cooking our soup at the same time. I had my usual green salad and Riley had a small snack of humus and baby carrots while we waited for a little over an hour for the soup to finish. 
This the view of the cliffs near the petroglyphs.
 
There is the mountain goat path  in that jumble of rocks...can you see it?

Can you see the kneeling man?

It must have been really good as I had one bowl but Riley had three for her lunch. Enough for one more meal and then it's gone. I tidied up a bit, then rested on my bed for an hour or so. I think the walk tired me more than I thought. With the sun shining through my bedroom window it wasn't long before I was hot, and tossed off the fleece blanket but I was finished resting by then anyway. 

Love these views here....
Just amazing to see this so close...
We whiled away the rest of the day reading and Riley is watching the series Numbers on her computer. I just didn't have the energy to walk tonight to take sunset pictures and with no clouds in the sky I think it'll be a pretty straight forward sinking of the big yellow ball. Instead I started this post and editing my pictures almost 2 hours before I normal time. It's now almost the time I would be starting to edit and write but tonight I'm almost ready to post. I'm going to have an entire evening free to read or do something else. I won't know what to do with myself. Hahaha...
View looking down from higher up than the petroglyphs...see those folks in the corner?

Such a view, don't you think?
So there you have it, our busy, exhausting day. We enjoyed it a great deal and are looking forward to a few more days here at Saddle Mountain before we once again pull up the jacks and point the Big Dog's nose eastward. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit. Feel free to drop a comment. 
Those folks are waiting down there for me....
Doug even brought his coffee....
Until next time... take care, be safe, 
I love this cacti, see the two faces?
Deb