Our Location: Near Tonopah, Arizona
A wonderfully warm day, bordering on hot. It followed a wonderfully warm night with over night temps hovering in high 50’s / 14+ C. No complaints from us about that.
|We are way over there by the power lines.|
|I'm still moving away, you can see the power lines but not us.|
We both decided to head out before it got too warm and we went in similar directions but not together. Riley followed the road and once again climbed to the top of the plateau and enjoyed the view while I headed off back to the box canyon where I walked when we first arrived in the area. I thought there would be lots of blooms but alas there was none. It was a very long hike for me but I enjoyed it.
|The power lines are off, about 3.5 miles in fact. Here the road divides and I go the right of the picture.|
|This what I see when I turn this direction.|
I walked cross country until I arrived where Michael and his friends had parked and then I stuck to the road from there. I walked long past where the trail ended and kept going, at one point I thought of trying to find a way through but then realized I’d have a very long walk back home and so just turned myself around and started back.
|Lots of yellow in the photos today.|
|I eventually ended up at the bottom of that green wedge looking for a way up and over but changed my mind.|
I met up with a few semi locals from the Bouse area where they live 6 months of the year, the other 6 they live in Oregon. I forget where he said. No names, just some friendly fellas. We chatted and discussed numerous thing before parting ways but not until I learned the fly issue is new since last November and everyone is blaming a chicken farm that recently opened. I think they may be right. Even a Buckeye suburb lodged over 35 complaints last November about the flies. So I’m not the only one thinking they are terrible.
|No blooms, this was as close I found.|
Ironically Riley met with the same four fellas after they left me and headed over this way. I also managed to see them on my homeward walk and chatted some more with them. Nice fellas with a big golden Labradoodle named Yuma. Not all like Doug's Yuma but friendly like him. I also chatted with a fellow Ontarian for a few minutes as we too compared notes on a few things.
|Amazing to see that break completely around the Saguaro.|
|I'm getting closer.|
I was hurrying to get home as the sun was getting pretty warm and I could feel myself getting pretty hot on the back of my neck and my shoulders. Yep, sure enough I have a sun burn, I forgot to put sunscreen on the back of my neck but I’ll keep rubbing on the moisturizing cream and that should stop the soreness from coming on.
|Yellow, yellow, yellow.|
It was a much longer walk than I expected it would be and much hotter than I expected as I was gone longer. I walked just under 8.5 miles and was gone about 3 1/2 hours. Some of that time was spent chatting with a few fellas so I think I walked a little less than 3 hours.
|Looking ahead in the same arroyo.|
I chatted with daughter Courtney tonight for a half hour or so, catching up on the latest news. Lots of snow in Toronto, she’s ready for winter to be over. Cold and sunny or warmer and snowy. Not a whole lot of good choices there. I tried my dad but his line was busy. Maybe I’ll try again later.
So that was our day, pretty warm, pretty enjoyable and I am certain we will both sleep well tonight. Thanks for stopping, I hope you had a wonderful day.
|I'm heading out to that hill in the middle and then I'll turn to the right and head on a straight path home.|
Until next time… take care, be safe,