Monday, November 29, 2021

Yes, I'm Still Alive!

I know it's been a long time since I posted, but I hadn't been doing much. But after I got back to Apache Junction, AZ, my life picked up.
My favorite hike in the area is off of First Water Road, just past Lost Dutchman State Park. You can walk right up to the Superstition Mountains!
There are also lots of cute horses and mules on the trail.
Here I am by my favorite "Hugging Cactus."
Everytime I go on this hike, I see lots of Phainopeplas. The weird thing is that I never see them anywhere else!
On Halloween, the Moose Lodge where I was staying had a "Trunk 'n Treat" event for the kids.
There were some amazing Trunks!
This was my favorite.
On another day, I went out to the Salt River to look for the wild horses that hang around there. This is all I found...
But I went back the next day, and found two of them! Apparently, wild horses have been in this area for well over 100 years!
I had some beautiful sunsets when I was here!

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

I Found a Cowboy!

I next moved to Tuttle Creek Campground just outside of Lone Pine, CA. What a gorgeous view of the Sierras!
The first thing I did was hike the Arches Loop. The big attraction is Mobius Arch -
Where you can sometimes get a view of Mt. Whitney, although it was a little smokey the day I went.
There are a few other arches on the loop - here -
And here.
I was in Lone Pine while the annual Film Festival was going on. They used to put placards all over the Alabama Hills, showing spots where various movies were filmed. This year they only put out a few. Here's John Wayne in 1934 -
And the same spot today.
Downtown, it looks like they were getting ready for Halloween.
On Sunday, they had the Film Festival Parade. There were lots of cowboys in it, and Zorro!
Even the Preschoolers were in the parade.
Across from us were a suspicious group of cowboys.
And sure enough, a big gun fight erupted between them and the cowboys in the parade. Look out!
But here's the best part - after the parade I got to meet one of the cowboys! Actually, this one is an actor. He plays Willy in the current movie "Catch the Bullet." Did I mention I like cowboys? He and his horse also do stunts in movies. The horse is extremely well trained, and will fall down when told to. Then as they were leaving, he told the horse "Turn left," and he did!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Hanging Out in Bishop, CA

My next stop headed south on Highway 395 was Horton Creek Campground, outside of Bishop, CA. These BLM campgrounds are really nice, and very inexpensive.
One day, I went out to see Lake Sabrina. I started out at the dam-
Then walked south along the Eastern side of the lake.
The water level was considerable lower than I'm used to seeing.
Across the lake was what appeared to be a heart in the making. I wanted to go over and finish it off...
The fall colors were just beautiful!
Driving out I went by even more colorful trees.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Heading Down Highway 395

My very favorite way to head south for the winter is down Highway 395 in California. My first stop is Crowley Lake Campground near Mammoth Lakes. There are lots of nice hikes in the area. This one starts out at Lake George.
The fall colors are just gorgeous!
The trail continues on to Lake Barrett, and then TJ Lake.
But my very favorite hike is Little Lakes Valley. I've done it many times. It doesn't look like much here -
But it goes by lake after lake after lake. This is Mack Lake.
And this is my favorite, Marsh Lake. It would be a lot prettier if not for the smoke from the wildfires.
I found a new trail back this time, which follows Rock Creek back to Mack Lake.
And also near Crowley Lake are a lot of natural hot springs. Just turn at the green church. This is my favorite, Pulky Pool. Can it get any better than this? Stay tuned!

Monday, October 4, 2021

I Can Never Go to Too Many Hot Springs

I was so happy to see that the Summer Lake, Oregon Hot Springs was right along my route south. There's plenty of space for dry camping, and they have some hookups. And if you pay to stay here, you can use the hot springs for free.
The Bath House is in a very unique building.
The pool inside was just the right temperature for me.
There were some small pools outside, but they were hotter than I like.
And if that isn't enough, there was some great rusty stuff on the property!
After a few days at the hot springs, I headed south to Carson City, staying at the Minden/Tahoe airport. I think the Nevada Capitol building is one of the prettiest I have seen.
And there are lots of beautiful old buildings all around town. You can get a brochure for a tour of them. I'm now headed down Highway 395, one of my very favorite routes. More hot springs to come!

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

There's Lots of Lava in Bend

One day, I went to check out the Deschutes River west of town. The river is surrounded by lava on both sides.
I walked by a cave that I'm sure someone lived in a long time ago.
The boaters had better take out before Dillon Falls -
The steam rising from the falls is just beautiful.
Looking downstream, at the massive amounts of lava.
Walking farther downstream, I came upon a nice lake.
On another day, I went out to Lava Lands, where there is a beautiful walk through the lava.
The dead tree sticking out of the lava looked like a dragon's head.
After that little walk, I walked up to Benham Falls on the Deschutes. Like I said before, Bend is one of my very favorite places. So much diversity!