Archive for February, 2012

Feb. 21 – Side Trip

Friday, February 24th, 2012

We decided to head to San Diego to visit Robert’s cousin. We enjoyed a walk to Mission Bay to see the ocean!

On the way back, at the top of the hill, Robert spotted the perfect place for lunch! We didn’t realize San Diego is so hilly!

It was great to see spring in full swing, with flowers everywhere!

Feb. 19 – Backlit Ocotillo Buds

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

A beautiful sunset provided backlighting for these Ocotillo buds at our latest campsite.

A short time later the sunset morphed into the proverbial ‘red sky at night, sailor’s delight’. Maybe not the appropriate saying for camping in the desert, but a harbinger of beautiful weather tomorrow!

Feb. 11 – Yuma Crossing Day

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

We stayed in town an extra day to see the Yuma Crossing Day Celebration along historic Madison street in the old town section. It was centered around the Sanquinetti House Museum, an 1870’s adobe house converted to a museum to highlight the history of the region from the mid 1500’s to the present. There were several colorful  re-enactors dressed in period costumes from a 1540’s Spanish soldier and his wife to an 1870’s riverboat captain, an 1880’s couple, and 2 ladies circa 1912 describing the ‘Valentine’s Statehood’ of Arizona  100 years ago. There were even a couple of banditos, but they left their stinking badges at home! The most photogenic though, were the young folklorico dancers waiting for their turn to perform.

 

Feb. 10 – Yuma Evening

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

In town to resupply we decided to stroll into the historic downtown Yuma area across the river from the Indian Casino parking lot we were camped in.

The sun was low in the west and shown through the stained glass of the Indian Mission church as we approached the bridge.

We enjoyed an elegant repast of wine and fine cheeses at a local wine shop.

When we returned we caught the bridge lights reflected in the Colorado river along the riverside park.

Feb. 8 – Swarm!

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

We have to head to town tomorrow to resupply so we moved our camp closer to the paved road. Just in time we think. Two days ago we noticed some big bugs (one to two inches long) flying into our campsite and they were hanging around!

An internet search informed us they are Master Blister Beetles, and Mavrik learned not to mess with them, one sniff and he backed away and didn’t bother them again! They have a toxin that can cause your skin to blister if you handle them! They swarm in spring and devour the flowers and leaves of young plants.

Robert dismantled a trashed firepit at the campsite, but carefully replaced the rock under which he found this guy!

This Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion is relatively harmless, but pretty scary looking! I remember back in the day I would be thrilled to find it because I needed to collect it for The High Desert Museum!

 

Feb. 4 -Alien Art?

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Our Canadian friends showed us some rock art they came across on a hike near their campsite.

Space alien art or spaceship landing site? Modern intaglios like the Nazca lines of Peru? There are similar ‘desert pavement etchings’ nearby, north of Blythe, CA and east of Calexico, CA, America’s Nazca Lines.

Feb. 3 – Mini Grand Canyon

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Grand Canyon?

Or Giant Dog?

Feb. 1 -New Growth

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

A hair update; Still Fuzzy!

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