Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Palo Dura Canyon, Part 1, May 30, 2012


Our thirty mile drive took no time at all, soon the Canyon was before us.  I will have to admit I kept asking Bob if our exhaust brake was on and was it working during our mile drive down into canyon.  It was very steep!  See the road winding before us.


Our site #140 in Sagebrush camping area has great views of the canyon,


and we thought we would have great views out the front until, we our neighbors pulled in.

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On our drive just before dusk, we spotted at least ten deer, including this one.


It was HOT in the afternoon after we arrived, at 5:40 pm it was 101.7 with humidity at 9%.


Today we left about 7:30 for an early morning hike before it got hot.  Walked about 4 miles today.  This is the sun just peeking over the canyon edge obscured by low clouds.  Was a nice 56 degrees.


On today’s hike we saw one wild turkey and several feral pigs.  Those pigs were illusive thus no photos, they did keep their distance.

All of the views were awesome.  Loved the prickly pear paddles reflecting the sun.


The painted cliffs area.



When we finished today’s hike the thermometer at the trail head registered 130 degrees in the direct sun.  We both agreed.

Tomorrow we are hiking the Lighthouse Trail, round trip 5.75 miles.  Needless to say we are leaving at sunrise when it is cool, so we can get back before we broil.



Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Way to hot for hiking, but it is a great area:)

GzrGldGeo said...

Looks like fun. I don't miss the heat this year, but is my first time in my life I haven't lived in the South somewhere.

Have fun and be careful. Get a pic of a big rattlesnake.

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