We looked ahead to see it was about an hour away. Richard said, "Boy, it is really in the middle of nowhere." I remembered to grab my sun hat, and my water. We stepped out of the door, Richard remotely locked the door, and I thought, "Maybe I need a jacket." It was in the low 60's and quite pleasant. We knew we would be beating the clouds and Richard said I'd be ok.
Well..............I was watching the temperature on the truck drop as we got closer and closer. The final reading was 39 degrees. This shows 41. Thanks goodness Richard had extra coats in the car.
I was going to do this blog in category order: Rocks, Lichen, Cacti, Other, but it is much quicker just to do it in the order of the pictures taken. By the way, go on to to Richard's blog to see his take on our hike. He has good pictures, too.
I thought it interesting how small rocks were "cemented" in to make the larger pillars.
Look carefully in the dark area in the picture below. There are some hikers. This is on a trail that has metal loops to use to go in and out of the canyon. It seemed a little too much for Richard and I, so we didn't attempt it. A group of teens with adults-very well behaved-went on in.
You can see there was a balcony of sorts with a metal fence to block you from falling in. You had to clamber over a few huge rocks to get there. I should have gotten Richard to take a pic of me doing just that!
Brr, this is a small stream of water completely frozen over a rock.
We decided to follow a trail, here is what we saw when we started out. Things are pretty brown still in the desert, but with the recent rain you can see some greening. We could especially see it in the lower elevations on our drive here. Here is my first picture of lichen. I couldn't really get the color right. It was a bright spring green.
Off we go! Can you see Richard? The pic makes him look a lot farther along than he really is. The pic on the right is what would have been used as fuel many years ago. At the flat section of the trail there were many dung patties.
Cactus #1. Oh dear, I misplaced my cactus book. This is a prickly pear.
Not a cactus, but a Yucca plant. Actually, a Yucca tree. Pronounced Yuck-a.
I'm rather proud of the pic on the left. Cactus #2. A cholla cactus.
a cactus skeleton. I couldn't get the picture to "pop" because it blends in so well. The dry brush around it has some green going on deep inside.
Another barrel. Richard and I really liked these. Sometimes they look red, sometimes pink sometimes purple. And more cholla. The grey things in the background are dead Yucca trees.
Some periwinkle colored lichen. And a Yucca tree up close.
This is a cholla doing the dab. Look for the nest sitting on the branches. And a critter.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this. We only did a mile round trip hike. It was really cold!!!! Us Alaskans could have handled longer if we had planned ahead and brought more gear. Even today it is in only the 50's. I look at what average temps are supposed to be here in Needles-70's. We've just been getting the 50's and low 60's. Signing off and crocheting!