Saturday, February 21, 2015

Arizona National Scenic Trail ~ Part 13 ~ Interstate 10 to Patagonia, Arizona through the Santa Rita Mountains


We had arranged by phone for my parents to pick us up in Sierra Vista once we completed hiking the Arizona Trail.


Water was still not an issue for us.  We didn't even have to use any of the water from the Twin Tanks.


Instead, we were able to find slowly moving seeps of water gathering in small pools up some of the canyon washes.


This spider was calling the trail its home and we certainly didn't want to get tangled up in its web.


These grassy barren hills seemed to be a roller coaster of constant up and down and around.


Huge Oaks provided for ample shade.


Good drinking water was gifted to us in many forms.


Before we headed up into the Santa Rita Mountains, the trail traveled through the Historic Kentucky Camp.


Not only was it an important place with potable water, it was an old gold mining operation that used water cannons to find flakes of gold.


The pressurized water for these cannons came from the mountains and route that we were about to ascend.


They spent a fortune channeling and piping water that found no profit and too little gold to pan out all the costs.


Flowers literally carpeted the landscape.


However, as soon as we neared the top, it was time to immediately come down again on the other side of the mountain.


This collared lizard was safe, but tomorrow it would be deer hunting season. Many, many hunters positioned themselves in camps just north of Patagonia. Once again, we hiked into the cool night and would be in Patagonia for an early breakfast.

2 comments:

  1. Bern, I love your photos! The lizard is cute, and I have never seen a spider like that before!!!

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  2. Bern, I love your photos! The lizard is cute, and I have never seen a spider like that before!!!

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