Archive for the 'Hiking' Category

24
Jul
15

Rockin’…

clouds and sky clamor

rocks somberly lay below 

clouds free, rocks demand

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23
Jul
15

self worth…

“When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death — ourselves.”    Eda Le Shan

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24
Apr
15

narrow passageway…….

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22
Apr
15

Chasing Cactus Blooms & Safety

Early April is often a good time to find the beautiful cactus blooms in the Joshua Tree National Park in California. For my wife and I, part of the enjoyment is that you can’t just drive along and see the cactus or blooms. You have to get out of the car and exert some effort and in the process you, of course, slow down and study the terrain. Your pace slows down. I can’t say the mind slows down because the unique desert world is highly stimulating. 

Every plant, the spacing of plants, the rock formations, the trees and cactus are highly contrasted to our home turf of the Pacific NW (Western Oregon). Finding the cactus and possibly finding them in bloom is part of the enjoyment. The colors, the varieties, and their locations are so rewarding. In the process, you feel the altitude, the wind, the sun and fresh air. You shake off the Winter doldrums.

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It seems obligatory when discussing an outing into the desert to mention water, planning, route selection etc. Like in any outdoor adventure you truly must plan to some degree for safety and what if’s. Cell phone coverage inside the park was very spotty. So, be aware depending upon your age and fitness that you can slip, trip and fall. You can while focused on snapping images place yourself in harm’s way atop a rock, or moving too close to an edge.

What I notice ever more is, dare I say it, one’s age and degree of fitness plays in here. My mind thinks I’m much younger. But, as I move about the terrain I notice the lessened spring in the step…unsteadiness in the hips….misjudging the strength to hop from here to there. So, if you never did embark upon that New Year’s resolution to work out, or you have a physical limitation or two, be careful.

Although a ‘park’ it is the desert and all that entails. Don’t drive down roads or terrain your rental car was not designed to take on (I did this near Salvation Mountain and promptly got momentarily stuck with no one around). If you are doing a drive through the park with a few side hikes and short jaunts into the desert terrain you should be safe planning wise….but still watch your steps and slow down. Definitely have a map or two!

20
Apr
15

touch of yellow and a snag…….

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11
Apr
15

Leaning Fan Palms……

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03
Feb
15

Desert wash…

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01
Feb
15

Prepare & Do It

in some way do it

step forward into the wild

just once in your life

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Oh, I guess I would be derelict in my provocations if I didn’t say the old Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared. Leave word where you will venture to…stay to your plan…have supplies for over night (at least) in a pack or nearby car (or both)…wear the appropriate gear (no flip flops in the desert or hiking)…slow down and really study…listen…feel…be quiet and escape negativity…smile…check back in that you are out safe and sound. Plan the next one!
30
Dec
14

Spider Rock @ Tahquitz Canyon

Probably because my mind is saturated with this past weekends Dr. Who marathon, but the design almost looks extraterrestrial…

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23
Nov
14

Jumbled Passage

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