We've gotten a passel of rain the last couple of days. In fact, the driveway of our house is now down by our neighbors. It always floats away when we get a big storm. Time for some fill in the drive. Anyway... the rain was coming on and we decided to take a drive through the Park and see what was happening there. As we drove in from the 29 Palms side, it was just beginning to sprinkle. By the time we hit Jumbo Rocks, you could hardly see the road, it was coming down so hard. Once past Ryan, we could see blue skies and plenty of billowing clouds, so we made for that. We kept jumping out of the car to take a shot, then the light would disappear and we'd move on to the next spot. I came back with these few 'keepers'. What a great day for clouds!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
The other day, a group of us took a nice hike up the Wonderland Wash and made some wonderful discoveries, thanks to our guide Mark Wheeler. He knows the Park like the back of his hand, and he can identify almost every plant in sight, Latin names first. On this trip, he showed us some rocks in which the early settlers had used to store some of their food stuffs. He also guided us to a huge boulder off the trail (which we had walked past many times in the past) and when you ducked in and under the entrance, contained Petroglyphs made by early Native Americans. He also showed us a rock and cement dam built in the wash which would help contain water after the rains. Further on, he led us past the famous 'Three Freaks' rock formations, which the climbers have fondly named and in to a side canyon where we were able to see the famous 'Grant's Arch'. A great hike indeed. Hopefully, I can remember where all these special things are, so I can take others there in the future.
|The Cave For Storing Food|
|What does it mean?!|
|The Three Freaks|
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
This has become one of our real favorites, a nice loping hike over hill and dale to a crest where you get a great view of the valley below and then down into the Maze itself, which winds around in different directions. It feel confusing at first, but just keep going, you'll end up in the wash which intersects the Window Rock Trail. This is a good place to turn around and head back the way you came, otherwise you end up walking in sight of the road. There are plenty of good lunch spots right in the Maze, so pack a nice lunch and enjoy!
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Nature is timeless.
Whenever I walk amongst the Cottonwood trees at Covington Park, I think of how they might have looked in the past, how a photographer in the 1900’s might have seen them and decided to publish a book of his pictures. These pages are the remnants of that book, the binding having deteriorated and fallen away long ago, just the single, found pages remain. A testament to the timeless beauty he found there.