Wednesday, May 6, 2009


View of South Six Shooter Peak from Indian Creek valley The Hike: Begin at Elephant Hill trailhead....that's the trail???

"Wait for me...I thought the trail was supposed to be level"
We had a few clouds...not NEARLY enough for Maud'Dib.

This lizard posed for several minutes for a photo shoot. He was ok as long as I didn't try to pet him...

One of those DYCs. (Darn Yellow Composites)

An example of why it's called "The Needles District"

This black bumble bee was HUGE...that blossom was an inch in diameter.

I called this one "Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting"
I looked at the map and decided that the planned route looked way too long for me. So, I took the short route to the beginning of the Druid Arch spur, hiked a mile almost to Chesler Park, met the guys, hiked back the Arch spur, then found an overhang with soft sand to nap and rest. Yes, I missed some of the most spectacular scenery including Druid Arch and Joint Canyons, but I still had a wonderful hike. I covered probably 7.5 miles, while the guys went 15. I did run out of water, taking only 2 liters. One of the "highlights" was--hiking by myself I came upon a steep rock face about 7 feet tall on the trail that I couldn't figure out how to get up by myself. A Japanese couple came down the trail and I helped them find the best way down, giving them a hand. Finally, I threw my pack on the top of the ledge, did some maneuvering on my back, got some toe holds and grabbed on some outcroppings and MADE IT. We did have to come back down that way, but I had the guys to help me down. DB, Rock, Tristano, all of you rock climbers that know how much I don't like climbing; You would have been proud of me!


Bethany said...

I have a pretty cool mom.

Desertbound said...

Mom, you rock....literally.