I was passing thru between Arizona and Idaho bringing my daughters belongings back from college and thought I should stop by Horseshoecanyon since I put it on my list. I arrived and trail light during last light of the day and took the two night shots with the tiniest bit of light left in the day, I was tired but glad I stopped for the photos. Got up the next morning at first light and got in and out by 10:30 , no need to wait until cool weather for this hike just get up early, hiking was easy, downhill going in , flat ground in the canyon and a little hotter coming out , just take your time. very nice canyon by itself but of course the target for the day was the paintings, spectacular! any one interested in rock art has to go see this one
drove up to Utah on the first day that permits are not required to visit Moon House. I just didnt have it in me to do the lottery thing after tossing endless 5 dollar bills at "THE WAVE". it was a great time to go only saw a couple of people so we had the ruins to ourselves for most of the time we were there. Yes a little cold at night but daytime hiking was great.Instead of doing another post I thought I would put the "House On Fire" in with this one. I had never been so we weren't gonna be that close without stopping in. Great time good weather and great driving to and from Gilbert. almost forgot a picture taken in goosenecks. state park. don't skip it if your in the neighborhood.
After Greg and I visited the Tonto National Monument upper dwelling we were off for the Sierra Anchas for a as yet unrealized failed trip. we camped at Bull Canyon Trailhead (lots of great views on the way up) but unfortunately woke in the wee hours to the pitter patter of rain, (did I mention high winds blowing all night) anyway rain turned to sleet turned to snow and our will power failed us. we really didnt prepare to hike in these conditions and seeing as we were on a search mission we didnt know what to expect where we were going. when I finally got out of my tent we couldnt even see Aztec Peak. we bailed, better to run and fight another day. unfortunately when were were exiting Cherry Creek Road the weather was clearing, oh well we went for breakfast with our tails between our legs.
I guess it doesnt need a description, Greg and I decided to stop in during the open house and do the hike on our way to the Sierra Anchas, all these years and I never went up there. it was worth it and what a view!
This would be my third trip to C:1:25. this time with fellow hikers Casey,Dan,Dan and Mike. 1:25 is one of the ruins in the Sierra Anchas that I don't believe anyone will ever accidentally stumble upon. you must give blood to the gods after you do your Indiana Jones thing to find it.of course nothing the the Sierra Anchas can be walked to without nasty rock/cliff/boulder crossing, lots of nasty stickers shooting up this spring after the fires last year. someones been digging in the dirt a little because there was more pottery shards lined up this time and they were quite a bit bigger than anything I have seen in the Sierra Anchas before, shards would not be a good description. Lots of corn cobs laying around as well. sorry no pictures of the interior, for once I left my camera at home and relied on others for recording the visuals. Sorry made a mistake on the Ruin designation, I;ll correct when I get my copy of Haurys book back. Anyway its still in the Sierra Anachas
I haven't been back to Cold Springs Canyon for a few year so it seem like a good time to go with 4 friends who had never been there. Mike, Casey, Dan and Dan. on the road in we were delayed helping a vehicle get by "THE BOULDER" we all helped doing some more landscaping and rock removal, My 4 runner (99) made it thru without spotters. everything went well on the hike up. I hadn't realized that the fire went thru in front of the ruin and now the picturesque tree and yucca plant are toast (literally). otherwise the ruin seems OK. lots of cloud cover so temps were good on the way up.the only wildlife we saw going in or out besides the cattle was a solitary Quail.
I've been on this hike a half dozen times in the last 25 years. its a bit depressing to see the continual decline of the ruins which appears completely human induced. The first time I went the ceiling was completely intact. good time anyway. the creek foliage seems much more overgrown in recent years. this hike has suprised me a few times with interesting wildlife. one time we met a ringtail cat inside the cave. this time we ran into a troop of Coati's , at least a dozen and maybe more since we never saw all of them at the same time. I had only seen a handful over the years so seeing this many at one time was a real treat. there was several young yearlings in the group. I think we suprised them while they were drinking or eating in the creekbed. and our first sign of their presence was an extremely loud chattering by probably most of the troop.thought it was birds at first. that they kept up for a couple of minutes. I had time to get my camera out a capture the moment. Usually an encounter with a Coati involves getting a glimpse of one or two from their back side, this encounter when on for perhaps 20 minutes. They put on quite a show, they climbed up the opposite side of the canyon onto a cliff face spent a lot of time watching us in a very curious way. finally a lone wolf came back down to the creek calmly and steadily as if to say "I'm not afraid of you" he dug in the creekbed and was slurping something up from under a log. he had bees hovering everywhere around him which led us to think that maybe they were rooting in a hive. maybe they were just drinking along with the bees . the creek was very dry, I saw no standing water that day. please enjoy the photos, we also saw lots of quail driving in and a fairly large group of Javelina driving out
I forgot to post this trip, so here it is. I went out to New Mexico Thanks giving last and got a backcountry camping permit in White Sands National Monument. Very nice way to see the Monument instead of driving around on the roads. I went to enjoy some back country solitude and also to photograph the dunes. You really need to get off trail to do this so you can get away from the footprints. I had no plan on how to photograph them so i figured it out as I went. I hope you enjoy a few of the photos that made me happy anyway.
I can't believe this hike doesnt have dozens of postings. we drove 550 miles each way so we could hike 8.5 miles thru these canyons and everyone in our group agreed it was more than worth it. there is a nice dry camping area nearby with stunning views of the sky at night. we hiked in thru bell canyon first so we could save the best of the narrows for last but bell canyon was still wonderful. the entire hike is a nice combination of various scales of narrows, and rock formations. As a bonus, depending on your route you will pass by Monument valley and the exit for Newspaper rock. and a road with beautiful views of the Colorado river. next trip we will add a 4th day to stop at more sights along the way. BTW the fall color was spectacular at all the creeks and rivers.
Spent 2 1/2 days in the Monument and hiked to Inspiration point for the views from there, also covered the natural bridge trail to the ......yea you guessed it a natural bridge. Nice hike , probably overlooked by many. like many places in the park there was many signs from the last fire in the park but vegetation is definitely on the mend. also went up the Massai point one night for some star gazing and some views of the fires burning over in the Dragoon mountains. We hiked down thru Echo canyon and lower Rhyoalite down to the visitor center. We saved going to Heart of Rocks trail until a return visit this fall. We made a new friend "Danielle" who was originally from France. but now a residence of Tucson. She had a tremendous appreciation for the park and for life in general. A very good soul.One noteworthy sighting was a Montazumas Quail sometimes known as the Harlequin Quail, a first for me. I hope I took a picture or two that everyone might enjoy. This was my second trip to the Monument and most definitely not my last
went to the Sierra Anchas today with the intention of going to Pueblo Canyon Ruins in hopes of seeing a beautiful frozen waterfall following all the rain and freezing weather we have been having. It was not to be, most importantly cherry creek road is impassable between Devils Chasm and pottery point. see photos posted this date as to why. the photos should be self explanatory why this may take a while to remedy. recent issues with the state probably won't help to speed this up. that being said we walked the rest of the way up towards pueblo canyon. we encountered snow on the shady side of Pueblo (expected) but the real problem was as we got closer to entering the canyon the cliff face had a huge amount of icicles that were warming and falling down from great heights. it wasn't practical to enter the canyon and stay away from the cliff walls. we didnt get hit by any icicles but we did get hit with shrapnel from them, we retreated as a life saving measure which was very dissapointing because I suspect the waterfall at the end of the canyon was probably a huge frozen ice sculpture. also of interest was seeing the results of the fire in may on the upper approach trail to pueblo canyon (my first time up since the fire) it looks like the airforce napalmed the hill side. fortunately undergrowth is already starting to grow but the manzanita corridor was completely destroyed
My first time down to the falls, I shouldn't have waited so long, went with a group of friends mostly from the Prescott area. We spent 2 days exploring , weather was great, "who could ask for anything more!" It's a bit tough on the legs but not so bad when you spread it out over a weekend.
Greg and I went north to Utah memorial day weekend, our goal was a permit for the Wave but we came up short 3 consecutive days. we had other plans to fall back on. We went to see Toroweap, a long time wish list item for me. we also stopped at horseshoe bend, another one I never went to all these years. We stopped by the north rim while we were in the neighbor hood and hike some of the trails. and last but certainly not least, one of my all time favorites Buckskin Gulch. I won't bore you with long winded descriptions and miles walked. please enjoy the photos
John, Greg and myself went out yesterday to go see the ruins, and the first thing that happened was a tree had fallen across 410 so we had to walk 3/4 mile or so extra to get the the 150 trailhead, after that the further we went the more chocked out the trail got. especially in the sunny areas the ground cover has exploded, and everything that was exploding was very serious thorns. we were starting to give blood. seeing as we still had a ways to go and no sign of when the jungle would stop we turned back. to save the day we went to Aztec peak to enjoy the views and finally we visited the workman creek ruins in the late afternoon. the last time I went to the ruins was in the winter so there was no problem following the trail. nice day though we still left with a smile on our faces.
We attempted a hike yesterday to Pueblo Canyon to see the ruins. I thought I would post this for anyone thinking about going there in the near future. it was a beautiful day for hiking but unfortunately the final north facing hill before entering Pueblo Canyon proper was too deep in snow to follow the trail. After some back and forth thru the snow we quickly realized we would either use up too much time or have an accident so we gave up. Afterwards we huffed it over towards Cold Springs Canyon but once we had Cold Springs in sight we gauged our time and didn't think we could get back to the vehicle before dark. Oh well it was a beautiful day hiking anyway.
I finally made it to Yellowstone for a snowmobile trip. I know it's not exactly a hike but I thought everyone would appreciate the photos anyway. I have been to many places in the outdoors but this one certainly went up near the top of my list. it was touch and go getting there and back snow-snow-snow but we made it. it snowed all day long on the sleds in the park but that was ok. My daughter loved it (we went 2 up on one sled) we got lucky a group that went 2 days before us had to wait a hour and a half to leave in the morning until the temps got up to 20 below zero. we started and low 30s and dropped to mid teens by the end of the day. I will go back for this again. Put it on your bucket list you won't regret it.
I joined some friends from Prescott for a trip up to Zion National Park (my first) I can't believe I waited all these years to visit that park. Lots of fun was had by all. We went to Angels landing (quite breath taking) although I didnt make it all the way up with the rest of the group. The jewel of the trip was doing "The Narrows" from top to bottom with an overnight in the middle. If this hike isnt at the top of my list of several thousand miles of hikes I've done then its at least in the top 2 or 3. I have included a few photos to share , I hope you enjoy
My daughter and I stopped for the Antelope canyon tour, I am normally a "get away from the crowds" kind of guy. but even with the crowds this was more than worth it. We did the hour tour so we didnt have extra time shooting with tripods. All the photos I took were free hand. I put in 2 or 3 HDR photos for effect. It was a lot of fun editing the photos, quite a treasure hunt cropping and finding a finished photo that was nothing like what I intended when I took the photo.
Greg and I spent 4 days exploring Death Valley doing numerous day hikes and 4 wheel drive excursions, We had both passed thru Death Valley before but never stayed to see it. It's big and it takes a lot of time to see everything. We are already planning another trip to see more.I think I'll let the photos speak for themselves but I will have to say the high light of the trip was going to the "Race Track" where the moving rocks are located. Last year they finally figured out exactly how the moving rocks move, search on line to see the details
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