The Long Ride

Travel Dogs

The Mama and Daddy took us for the long ride when we go to the other place we used to stay. Cabela and I ride in the back seat and wait for the times we get to go out and sniff and stuff. We do that three or four times before we get to the other place.

I don’t really like the ride, but I settle down after a while and lay down, but I don’t sleep. Cabela sleeps some, but when we slow down for a stop, we’re both very anxious to get out of the truck and sniff and stuff. Click on the image to make us big.

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Vulture Peak

Vulture Peak

We have been on the road quite a bit lately. We have had tragedies in California that necessitated travel to there, but we managed to mix a little vacationing road trip in as well.

After each foray away from our beloved Arizona home, we are greeted by this prominent geological feature as we approach Wickenburg: Vulture Peak. The peak can be seen from US 60 either coming from the southeast or from the west as we approach town. It can also be seen from State Route 89 coming from the north and from US 93 coming from the northwest.

From Wikipedia:

The Vulture Mountains are about 29-mi long, and east of center, about 13 mi wide; the range is somewhat crescent shaped, mainly trending east-west, and narrowing westwards. The northeast is followed by the course of a southeast stretch of the Hassayampa River; the river turns due-south west of Morristown, on US 60, making the east terminus of the range about 7 mi wide, at the rivers floodplain. The Hassayampa enters the north of the Hassayampa Plain, so a small river canyon region lies at the Vulture Mountain’s northeast, with the Wickenburg Mountains northeast, and the Hieroglyphic Mountains east.

The highpoint of the range is Vulture Peak, 3,658 feet, at the center east of the range. Another major peak anchors the west region of the range, Black Butte, at 3,612 feet.

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Entering Arizona

Sometime last week, we entered Arizona from Needles CA, on our way to Kingman. The weather was threatening to rain, but we managed to avoid any this time. This picture shows the Colorado River from Interstate 40 on the Arizona side with some sharp, craggy mountains in the background. Beautiful! Click on the image to enlarge.

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Coolin’ The Puppies Heels

Coolin’ Their Heels

When the puppies go out for a walk, they have to have their little paws on some pretty hot surfaces here in the desert when it’s summertime. In order to allow them to ‘cool their heels,’ Verna got them a kiddie wading pool and filled it with water. They both happily jump into the water and splash around a bit before wanting to get out and go back into the house. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Barrel Cactus Flowers

Barrel Cactus Flowers

We stopped in Wickieup, AZ on Thursday to walk the dogs and stretch a bit. Along the roadside there is this barrel cactus in bloom. I like the pinkish flowers on this one. Second Spring has arrived in Arizona. Click on the image to enlarge.

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YAY!! Back in Arizona Tonight

Welcome

We’re in Kingman, AZ tonight, just a two-hour drive from home. We’re looking forward to being home tomorrow (weather permitting, T’storms forecast), to re-invigorate ourselves and prepare for another sojourn to California next week.

Too many things happening at once:

  • Imminent Great Grandson birth in N. Calif.
  • Mom is very, very ill in S. Calif.
  • Real estate deal escrow closing in S. Calif
  • Personal property disposition in S. Calif
  • Medical procedure scheduled in Arizona

We’ll get through it OK we’re sure.

Click on the image to enlarge.

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Eastern Sierra Cinder Cone

Cinder Cone

On or way south along US 395, east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, we saw this cinder cone rising above the alluvial plain of the Owens Valley. The volcanic activity that formed this cone must have happened at some time after the upwards thrust of the tectonic plate collision which formed the mountain range in the distance.

There is evidence all along the Owens Valley that validates the natural events that made the visual landmarks. Diaz Lake, being one of the most recent geological events, did not exist until the late 1800’s when an earthquake caused the land to drop and for mountain springs to fill the void. Diaz lake is still an attraction for campers and boaters that come here. Click on the image to enlarge.

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