Friday, February 16, 2018

Shrimp Tacos and Sunsets

Today was our day to do chores. I was up early, and after rolling Barb over a couple times, I had the sheets off the bed and she wrapped up in her comforter. I gathered the laundry and headed out to the Quartzsite laundromat allowing her to sleep in. At the laundry, once the washers were running, I slipped next door to the breakfast place and scooped up a quick biscuits and gravy snack. Yum!

Back on the job, I idled away the time reading my Kindle. Soon enough, the laundry chore was done and I was heading back to wake up my honey. By then, she was up and ready to help put away the clean clothes and make the bed.

Next we took advantage of remaining water and tank space to take showers. Then, we locked and loaded the camper and drove over to La Posa South to service the camper tanks. The wait was not too bad at the dump and fill, soon we were back to our campsite and set up for another stay.

With the chores done, we settled in and did some relaxed reading. I put our last bag of shrimp out to defrost, hoping for some shrimp tacos tonight....

Well, I figured today's post would be without photos.  Laundromats and rv dump stations are not particularly photogenic places. All day, the sky had a rather uninteresting high cloud layer and the weather was breezy. Not the best for photos, until evening. Ok, the clouds formed up and just maybe there will be a sunset shot. To get warmed up, I aimed at the bird feeders.

Then, I turned the camera east and was amazed by the view without any neighbors. The crowd here in Quartzsite has steadily been moving in and out, mostly out.

Turning back to the west, I took one test photo of what I hoped would be a colorful sunset.

Meanwhile, Barb was inside cooking up dinner. We had one more bag of shrimp left from our stay over near Ajo. When we camp over there, we usually have a fellow from Mexico come by selling fresh seafood from the nearby fishing fleet at Puerto Penasco. We like the shrimp. Ten dollars a pound for shrimp just off the boats is not bad. We bag it up in dinner servings and it keeps great. Dinner time!

After dinner, I started cleaning up while keeping an eye out the window to the west watching the sunset. I ran out for an early sunset photo, not bad.

Back inside, I continued cleaning up the dishes while watching the sunset. Time for the main event. A very nice sunset.

And a few minutes later....

Now that the chores are done, tomorrow we will be out exploring. Maybe the Hogback?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Palm Canyon Hike

After my morning walk, we loaded up and headed south. The Palm Canyon road takes us east from highway 95 toward the KOFA Wildlife Refuge and our destination, the Palm Canyon!

A few miles on washboard gravel, we cross into the KOFA. Last week, we turned off here and headed south to Skull Rock and Queens Canyon. Today, we continue east to Palm Canyon.

Looking up at the Kofa Mountains, the road to the trailhead can be seen below the dark shadows of Palm Canyon.

We arrived amidst a crowd of other hikers, all planning to reach the Palm Canyon view before noon. They were saying that the sun illuminates the palms for just a few minutes right near noon. The crowd of hikers headed up the trail in a hurry to see, but we hiked at our own pace and let them go.

Here is a view of Palm Canyon from the trailhead. The palms are not visible until we get up the trail about 1/2 mile.

Right away, the trail crosses the Palm Canyon wash. It's a pretty area, the flora here seems to get plenty of water and a lot less heat in the shade of Signal Peak.

Up high to the north is a huge rock that starts one side of the canyon. I have not seen a map that has a name on this big rock, so I call it the Palm Canyon Guard.

Looking back down the canyon, we look across the La Posa Plain over to the Dome Rock and Trigo Mountains. In the distance to the left in this photo are the Castle Dome Mountains.

The views today are as clear as we will see this week, since last night there were scattered showers which seemed to have cleared out a lot of the dust.

As we head up the trail, it gets narrow and rocky. It's a bit of a scrambly trail, so if you go, wear some good shoes.

The right side photo above is our first view of the palms.

Two more views of the palms, one zoom shot and one wider for perspective.

We stayed at the top of the trail, watching a few hikers willing to climb the rocks and get up to the palms. We are not crazy about rock climbing, nor do we have the gear, so we watched.

Heading back, we noticed there are palms in the next rock cleft down. I think I have hiked up here a few times, and this is the first time I have noticed these palms. There are 2 palms down low, and one up really high in the right hand photo.

Continuing back down, I had to take another photo of the trailhead area, La Posa Plain, and the mountains beyond. I love this view.

Back at the trailhead, I took a reference photo of the "view legend".

While I dally at the trailhead reading the plaques, Barb heads for a drink of water in the jeep.

After lunch, we headed back to camp to relax and enjoy the beautiful day and clean, clear air. The afternoon was capped off by another fine sunset.

Tomorrow, we have chores to get done. Laundry and servicing our camper tanks is the plan.