Kay's Photo Journal - December 2016
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12/29/2016 El Paso Peak, CA (5.2 miles) - Last couple days I was hiking bottom of this mountain, and want to hike up and did it today. I saw only 1.2 miles distance hike from the Peakbagger.com that too short for me, I decided to take a longer hike, parked car much lower place. View from the peak was just wonderful, I can see where I was last couple days exactly.
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12/28/2016 Terese Petroglyphs, CA (3.8 miles) - This is more like continuation of yesterday, drive up to the powerline road and parked before wash, and hike to the petroglyphs site. There are many petrolglyphs at the lower and southwest side of the slope. This place is not far from the Sheep Springs petroglyphs site with bird’s eye view.
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12/27/16 Mojave Desert Ranges, CA (8.2 miles) - I was heading to the Terese Petroglyphs site, but road was ATV and dirtbike road, and I can’t drive my car. I tried to hike all the way but timing was not good at this time of the year, I started later morning, when I saw powerline road, I should to drive this road. Turn back and enjoy hiking. Saw old minings and springs.
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12/20/2016 Black Tank Wash, Mojave National Preserve, CA (5.4 miles) - There are petroglyphs north side of the Aiken Arch which I was missing. Today I stopped by to find it out and finally completed Black Tank Wash petrolgyphs hunting hike.
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12/20/16 Amboy Crater, CA (3.3 miles) - Black lava on the trail through to the top of the crater. When got to up, already in the middle of the crater then hike up some more to get to the rim of the crater. The view from the rim was very nice. Later I learned the town of Amboy, currently only 8 people where 600 people at the peak, no drinking water, from well water is salty than Ocean water, and bring fresh water from outer town.
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12/18/2016 Mormon Peak, South Mountain, AZ - It is small size mountain but nice to hike up and popular, and I did. Asked people the name of this peak, no one knows and no name yet, so I named it. It is by the Mormon Trail, so name is make sense, don’t you? The Phoenix view is very nice.
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12/18/2016 Pima Canyon, South Mountain, AZ (7.4 miles) - It is very popular place to hike, people parked thier car at the side of the road for lease 1/4 miles. I have hiked in the canyon not on the trail, so that avoid crowd. I found some petroglyphs on the way.
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12/17/2016 Hansen House, Phoenix, AZ - After the Charlile Bell Well petroglyphs hike, Steve invited me to stay overnigh in his house. He has a large house where four childrens are grew up and not living with them but they still keep their rooms. Took hot bath that helped to heal my blisters. Thank you Steve and Catherine for your hospitality.
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12/17/2016 Charlie Bell Well, AZ (4 miles) - This is my second try, first time I was freaked out because it is one of the illigal immigrants, smugglers and illigal drug dealers to go though here that the ranger said. People are die by dehydration, so that goverment provides drinking water and helping station. To hike around here, need to get a permit. The petroglyphs are on the individual rocks. When I got there with Mike and Steve, I did not feel danger instead of excited to finding many petroglphs.
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12/15/2016 El Dorado Hot Springs, AZ - My 2nd time to visit here. At last time, gave to my LV car plate, that owner remember it and soak private tab for one hour free of chage, what’s a treat. The hot springs water is odor free, it is very clear water, I really enjoyed it especially after few days of adventure.
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12/15/2016 Dripping Springs, AZ - I just had a long hike and do not want to hike today, and someone told me my car can not go there, so that hitchhiked ATV. 6 people group took me to the Dripping Springs and showed me a cabin, thank you everyone I got a great time especially Tom for ATV ride. I was not expected but its very popular place for ATV, there were about 15 ATVs parked at the parking lot. There are many petrolgyphs before the Dripping Springs.
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12/13/2016 McCooy Springs Petroglyphs, CA (21.5 miles) - It was long hike, started before sunrise and cameback after sunset. Saw YouTube that some one stack in the sand and digged out their truck, least 3ft sand some spot, that not I want but I want to see the petrolgyphs, I was there, so that hiked all the way, lot time for hike but not enough time to exploring petrolgyphs.
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12/12/16 Jerry Rock Cabin, CA (6 miles) - It was about 10am, too late to hike up to the McCoy Springs, I hiked around and found this Jerry Rock Cabin. Located middle of nowhere. Jerry spent months to built this cabin and decorated the yard.
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12/11/2016 Corn Springs Petroglyphs, CA - The canyon is where the petroglyphs are located just before the campsite. Found it both side of the canyon and some of are very nice panels, I saw many petrolgyphs are faded out. A guy called 'Corn Springs Mayor' die with bit by a black widow spider, and BLM built a campsite there, is this make sense?
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12/10/2016 Slab City, CA - It is 'Snowbird' community, people move season to season, many people here in winter because warm climate. I thought I can find many folk arts instead of saw many trashes. It is free of charge to stay, and people leave any time and trash behind. There are no trash pick up service, electricity or running water.
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12/10/2016 Salvation Mountain, CA - Leonald Kright was the creater of this 'God is Love' place. It is a National Folk Art Site and designated to a National Treasure, and in the filmn 'Into the Wild'. We can walk on the yellow trail to the top of the small mountain. Used many bright color paints. Fun place to explore in the desert.
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12/9/2016 Rodman Mountains High Point, CA (4.8 miles) - Hiked up on the maintained road, there are few towers near the top of the mountain, about 1/4 miles scrambled up to the high point from the tower area. It was windy but the view was very nice. I saw the petroglyphs canyon, hiked yesterday, from the high up.
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12/8/2016 Rodman Petroglyphs, CA (6.4 miles) - I did counterclockwise loop hike, I found petroglyphs here and there, seems to at the end of the creek or cold-de-sac, but easy to hike up, there are many petroglyphs. There is no large size panel but lot of the small and medium size.
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12/3/16 Red Mountain, CA (6.4 miles) - It is strange but Red Mountain is not red at all, however some near by mountains are red. It was nice weather and I really enjoyed it. This is a first peak since May. I travel a lot but not hike up to the peak. This is my 10th California 2,000 ft Prominence peak out of 164 peaks, 154 more peaks to go.
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