Two more shots from my visit to Burlington last November…
Artist Dan Snarr created this sculpture depicting Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth president of the United States. Titled Roosevelt – The Conservationist, this sculpture was donated in 2008 by The Arizona-Dakota Connection and many others; see additional photo below for the complete list of donors.
We hiked the Scenic Trail last Friday. When we returned to the parking area, most of us continued on to explore a twisty canyon near the old homestead. We saw a hummingbird and a pair of owls along the way.
We hiked out about a mile on Pemberton and then turned onto the Scenic Trail. This was the view just as we turned onto the Scenic Trail.
Another view of Red Mountain:
Sarge shows off his new haircut.
The Pemberton Trail passes several clay mining sites. These areas were not heavily mined due to the invention of PVC pipe.
A hummingbird at rest in a bush. Several of us, including me, were surprised to see it resting.
Approaching the canyon area:
A wash flows through the area, eventually feeding into Stoneman Wash.
Sarge takes a break while Bob and I discussed which way to go. There are many choices, some of which lead to dead ends. Bob and Sarge pose by a steep wall.
Venie, Ellen, Janet, and Linda hike beside another steep wall.
We startled a pair of owls along the way. They would fly a short way and land, only to be roused again as we continued our way up the canyon. We saw them take off and land perhaps half a dozen times. Unfortunately, this photo isn’t in focus, but I’m more than a little surprised that I managed to get a photo of an owl in flight at all.
Six of us hiked from the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead up to Tom’s Thumb last Friday. We took a circuitous, little used route which provided us with views that most hikers to the area do not get to see.
A view of the Sven Slab area prior to starting the hike.
A view of Gardener’s Wall at the far left and Tom’s Thumb, more towards the middle. Our route took us up to the ridge right of Tom’s Thumb.
A view of Troon and Pinnacle Peak:
A glimpse of Tom’s Thumb behind the saguaro:
Gardener’s Wall on the left and Tom’s Thumb on the right. If you look closely, you can see the path up to Gardener’s Wall in this photo.A large boulder with a saguaro on the left and Pinnacle Peak off in the distance to the right:
I took this photo yesterday afternoon from the Nursery Tank at McDowell Mountain Park. It was composed from five different exposures with different elements in focus. I had difficulty blending the strand of barbed wire. The wire created a brown blur that was significantly wider than the focused strand of barbed wire in the other exposures. I mitigated that blur as best I could, but was not totally successful.
Friday’s hike started at the Wagner Trailhead. We hiked the Wagner Trail to Granite, Granite to Delsie, Delsie to Pemberton, Pemberton to Lariat, Lariat to Granite, Granite to Wagner, and Wagner back to the trailhead. Total distance was 9.7 miles with minimal elevation gain.
We saw some cattle from the Delsie Trail.
A view of Red Mountain from the Granite Trail.