Kay's Photo Journal - February 2016
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2/28/2016 Antelope Hills Petroglyphs, AZ - The Antelope hills are wide area. There are two trails, one is about 50 ft and second one is about 100 ft above the ground. Use lower trail to hike and look around that the best way to find the petroglyphs in this area. Petroglyphs are spread out.
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2/28/2016 US Army Yuma Proving Ground, AZ - It is one of the largest military ground conducts tests site for every weapon system. They display tanks, rockets, armored carriers, and many types of military equipment/vehicles at the outside of the visitor center that was nice to see a close up look.
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2/27/2016 Palm Canyon, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, AZ - I was expected to see nice palm trees side of the dirt road, but drove to end of the road, there is a parking lot, no palm trees anywhere. We have to hike up one mile or so to see a dozen of palm trees in high up canyon.
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2/27/2016 Blythe Intaglions, CA - Total 6 distingush figures in 3 locations. Fist one and two location were by the road and easy to find it, and third one is cross wide dried river to see it. Each location has human figure. The best way to see it by the air. All figures are protected by wire fences.
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2/26/2016 Fisherman Geoglyph, AZ - It is also called Fisherman Intaglio that man with two fish, and sun. Like Peru’s Nazca Lines, best way to see it by the air, a means sign indicates what looks like but figure is too large from ground view.
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2/25/2016 Clipper Mountain, CA (12.4 miles) - It was takes time hike by watching on the ground all the time. It was mainly on the dry wash with tons of rocks, some of were movable that slows me down. I did not know which peak I am heading to because peak was hiding and many other mountains were visible. I thought this was easy hike but I was wrong.
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2/24/2016 Aiken Arch, Mojave National Preserve, CA (5.6 miles) - I forgot all information about Aiken Arch petroglyphs and pictographs at home that caused by I missed some of petroglyphs, but I enjoy the arch and pictographs under the arch and petroglyphs surronding it, also it was nice hiking.
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2/23/2016 Lava Tube, Mojave National Preserve, CA - This is my second visit here, there are suppose to connected 3 cave rooms and crawl to get to it, but I can't go there alone. Oh well this adventure is next time. Meantime, I enjoyed the opening of the Lava Tube.
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2/23/2016 Dumont Dune, CA - This place is located about 30 miles north from Baker, CA. Visitors have to drive cross the Amargosa River, slow running water creek, to get into this place. This place is designated to the Off-Highway Vehicle recreational area.
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2/23/2016 Tecopa Wild Hot Springs, CA - It is wild hot springs located little north from the town of Tecopa. It is untreated hot water and some tiny bugs bite you that a local told me. It was windy, and water was warmer side not hot enough to dip in when I was there. I think spring and fall are the best time to visit this place.
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2/22/2016 Super Blooming Wildflowers, Death Valley National Park, CA - There are like yellow carpet all over, which is super blooming wildflowers, just like people posting photos on FB, in certain areas. It is a magical moment in DV, doesn't happen so often. I enjoyed been in the beautiful wildflowers.
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2/20/2016 Pueblo La Plata, Agua Fria National Monument, AZ - I was expected much better road condition because it is National Monument, when I have to drive cross more than one foot of deep water creek, see 3rd row leftmost photo, I was not sure I can make it or not. This ruin suppose to have 120-160 rooms. The upper Silver Creek view was gorgeous.
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2/16/2016 Fort Bowie National Historical Site, AZ (4.2 miles) - Hike 1.5 miles to get to the visitor center and fort that the way visitor can see all important places that a ranger said. Use to more than three dozens buildings in this area, but only adobe and rocks foundation remind now. Nice mountains surrounding this area was home to Apaches one time.
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2/15/2016 Chiricahua National Monument, AZ (10.3 miles) - I have hiked Sarah Deming Trail - Heart of Rocks Loop - Big Balanced Rock Trail - Inspiration Point Trail. First I saw the standing rocks/hoodoos from far view, then I was in the middle of hoodoos forest, at the inspiration point, I saw it below. I saw many balanced rocks and used my imagination.
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2/14/2016 Tombstone, AZ - Main street closed and become the center stage of gun fighting show. On the weekend, there are many events to see in this town. Locals wear old fashion clothing and nice to see revive the old town in fun and excited way.
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2/14/2016 Petroglyphs Discovery Trail, AZ (2.2 miles) - It is located east of town of Sierra Vista. There are two areas for petroglyphs on the Petroglyphs Discovery Trail. This area is a lot of trees and bushes, good place for hide out for illegal immigrants, I actually saw someone was picking up illegal immigrants shortly after dark.
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2/13/2016 Keystone Peak, AZ (9.3 miles for all three peaks, Placer Pk, Keystone Pk North Summit and Keystone Pk) - Border patrol told me to start hiking after 7:30 am, blight enough to see the wide view. Also a hiker gave me an advice that no eye contact and ignore when see the illegal immigrants. There are many towers on the peak instead of illegal immigrants.
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2/13/2016 Keystone Peak North Summit, AZ - Originally I thought a tower on the peak, but not, instead of the Border Patrol cars on the summit. The border patrols are waiting the illegal immigrants for 24/7 that not easy job at the top of the peak. View from this peak is the best wide view amoung the three peaks.
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2/13/2016 Placer Peak, AZ - This is the first peak out of three peaks hike today. It is on the road hike but road is not open for public, only ranchers, border patrol, tower maintenance people can drive up. The border patrol car passed twice during my hiking. From road to peak is not maintained trail but there is sort of trail does exist.
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2/11/2016 Kitt Peak National Observatory, AZ - Currently there are total 24 telescopes and radio antenas in the area. Where 200 acres of observatory area that 2,000 acres of base area is leased from the American Indian reservation with no time limit. I have joined to three guided tours, McMath-Pierce Solar telescope, 2.1m Telescope and Mayall 4m Telescope.
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2/11/2016 Kitt Peak Petroglyphs, Kitt Peak National Observatory, AZ - The petroglyphs rock is in the glass case at outside the field. It was not easy to take photos by reflection of the sun on the glass. This petroglyphs rock is from near by ranch.
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2/11/2016 Kitt Peak, AZ (2 miles) - I have drive up to the parking lot of the Kitt Peak National Observatory parking lot, but that not way to get a credit to summit the peak, so I hike one mile down on the road and hike back up. One time I was higher than the actual peak by elevator up to the largest optical telescope on Kitt Peak building.
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2/10/2016 Amole Peak, Saguaro National Park, AZ - I have hiked up on the way back from the Wasson Peak, those peaks are neighbor each other. However no trail for this Amole Peak, hike up anyplace on mainly sand, rock and bushes. The view from the peak for the Wasson Peak and surronding area was great.
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2/10/2016 Wasson Peak, Saguaro National Park, AZ (7.7 miles for both Wasson Pk and Amole Pk) - It is located in the west side of the Saguaro National Park. I hiked up counterclockwise loop and saw three old mines. It is maintained trail hike all the way. The register box that provided by the park is placed just below the peak, not on the peak.
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2/9/2016 Picacho Mountains Petroglyphs, AZ - This is located northeast side of the Newman Peak range. I was lucky to find here by asked who knows the exact location and heading to the site, and told me "follow me". I found nice two petroglyphs sites around there. There are many petroglyphs, I am sure I have missed some to take photos.
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2/8/2016 Mesa Downtown, AZ - Sad to see that more closed stores than remining opened stores in downtown of Mesa, business is not good here. There are many statures, most of local hero figures. Flowers are started to blooming here, seems to winter is over.
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2/6/2016 Geromino Trail, South Mountain Park, AZ (7 miles) - Mountain Loop Trail that starts from the Heard Scout Pueblo and merge to the Geromino Trail and end up to the Buena Vista Overlook. It was very nice Phoenix city and mountains view from the overlook. I found petroglyphs in the Hieroglyphics Canyon that runs beside the Mountain Loop Trail.
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