Sunday, February 28, 2010

Round Mountain

This is a picture taken from the top of our Teton 5Th wheel showing the vast desert behind our RV lot. Way back in the background in the center of the picture is Round Mountain. It is an identifying landmark for this area.  I would say that as the crow flies, it is about 6-7 miles from us. Friday we decided to ride our 4-wheelers to the top.

By noon, we were stopped for lunch at a staging area about a mile down from the top of the mountain. That's Pat with her back to us on the left and next is Larry and Geri Gustafson, then Jim and Donnalyn Vickers. This is an extremely beautiful area and is extra green this year because of all the rain in the past few months. Way back in the background of this picture is the Hassayampa River and the town of Wickenburg. The journey on to the top was very rocky, rough and steep, but it was a blast and we all made it just fine. At the top, the view was outstanding in every direction for a complete 360 degees. I was so busy taking it all in that I didn't get a picture.  However, I had some taken on a previous trip.

I took this picture from the top of Round Mountain back in 2008 when we went up with our friends Paul and Nancy Wilson. It was also extremely green at that time. In the top center of the picture is North Ranch RV Park where we live.
This picture is of Vulture Peak, way back on the horizon in the center of the picture.We have hiked to the top of it several times.  It's at least 15 miles away from us here.  What a beautiful view!  I want to hike it again soon.

We continued our ride from Round Mountain over to Box Canyon.  Box Canyon is a neat little canyon on the Hassayampa River and very pretty. The river was quite high and a little too deep for our 4-wheelers, so we found a way to get to it from the top and hiked down into it.

This is Ms Pat and Geri last year when we visited Box Canyon. It was about the same time of the year.  The date on this picture and the next picture is wrong.  It should say 2009.....not 2007.

Larry is on one of the upper ledges. This is a very deep and gorgeous canyon and always fun to visit.

We cranked up and headed back to North Ranch and pulled in just about in time for "Happy Hour". It was a grand ride enjoyed by all. We clocked on 30 miles and had a blast. It was a beautiful day! Again, we Praise the Lord and thank him for what he has given us.

Yesterday, Ms Pat and I went to the Gun Trader Show in Wickenburg. I saw a couple of guns I would have bought but since I am not a resident of this state, it is impossible for me to purchase one. I was also looking for a magazine for another one of my automatic pistols. I thought I found one and I was able to purchase it but when I took it out to the car and tried it, it wouldn't work. I took the gun and the magazine back into the show to have the dealer look at it.   After trying it several more times without success, the dealer gave me my money back,  but I was disappointed  I really needed a clip for my old 22 High Standard automatic However,  it was a nice little Gun Show and I enjoyed it. Not too big and not too small, just right for me.

It was a GREAT WEEK!!!

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Al Bossence said...

We love to hike in those slot canyons too. The texture of the rock walls is always so fascinating with all the swirls & whirls cut by millions of years of water pressure & erosion. This southwest is truly a great place.

Jerry and Suzy said...

You are so blessed to still be able to get out and hike around so much! Of course, that comes from years of keeping on doing it so you could still do it now. Congratulations! Good thing there are a few peaks and river canyons in that area -- it's pretty flat looking otherwise!

Rick said...

Like Al said, Mike, those slot canyon pics are really nice. Sure looks like you had a great day out in the desert, thanks for taking us along.

David, Sheila and Stella the Beagle said...

We have wanted to hike those areas for some time now when we get back over that way, thanks for renewing our goal!