Tag: cactus (Page 2 of 7)

Super Bowl Sunday

We went for a quick walk this morning and I do mean quick. It was a lot colder outside than we had anticipated and we quickly wimped out and headed home. But I had time to notice a cactus that I had not paid much attention to before. I’m sure someone can tell me what variety of cactus it might be!

We also still have some snow on the Huachuca Mountains.

Later today we will watch the Super Bowl, but we won’t be rooting for any particular team. I’m excited simply because Super Bowl Sunday means just three more weeks until the Daytona 500 and the beginning of the 2012 NASCAR racing season!

I began crocheting a baby blanket for my newest granddaughter, Liana Rose, who is expected to make her appearance around April 8, 2012.

It is coming along nicely, and while I really like the pattern, I do wish the colors that it called for were a bit brighter. I ordered the yarn the pattern called for, but the actual yarn does not seem to match the colors in the book. I doubt Liana Rose will mind, though.

Fort Bowie Hike

Fort Bowie was established in the mid-1800s to protect Apache Pass. Apache Pass was used by the Butterfield Overland Mail Route and became an important spot to protect due to its year-round water supply, Apache Spring. For over 30 years, it was a sight of major military operations until Geronimo surrendered in 1886 and the Chiricahua Indians were removed to Florida and Alabama.

Here we are just starting our hike and we can look out towards the pass , which is where the very first V shows on the left. It was a trek of one and a half miles out and one and a half miles back, at elevations ranging from 4,550 to 5,250 feet. We began about three in the afternoon, it was upper 80s in temperature, and it didn’t take long before we were wondering if we had bit off more than we could chew, or hike, as the case may be!

The path was totally dirt and mostly smooth, although at times there was some incline and you had to really watch your step.

Here we are almost getting to the area where the Butterfield Overland Mail route went through. There was a way-station with an inn (of sorts) where the travelers could stop for the night, which now are just foundation ruins.

The fort ruins are way in the distance, just small glimmers of white. We still have a long ways to hike!

Here is one of the many varieties of cactus in the area. We are beginning to gain elevation and are very near the spring, as you can tell from the denser and greener foliage. In Arizona, you know there is water when you see large trees. Everywhere else, trees appear to be more scrub brush than what us Easterners think of as trees.

Apache Spring, the year-round water source that was the cause of so much strife in the mid- to late-1800s.

Some of the local Sonoran Desert vegetation.

And here is our goal, the ruins of Fort Bowie! After the cool shade of the springs area, this last section of the hike up was a difficult one. Thankfully there was a Visitor’s Center at the top with air conditioning, and that is where we headed and rested before venturing back out to look at the ruins. Although truthfully, by the time we got there, we had really ceased to care very much about the ruins. We were more than a little fatigued, and beginning to worry about the late hour and whether we would make it back down to the car before dark!

Monday Morning Walk May 16 – 365 – 136

Monday morning was glorious. Blue sky, warm sun, gentle breeze; you couldn’t have asked for a nicer morning in which to walk.

cactus bloom

May is my favorite month here in southeast Arizona. The days finally warm up to the 80s, vegetation gets green, and everything blooms. Here is another variety of cactus in blossom.

mulberry tree

Mulberries above!

mulberries on the sidewalk

Mulberries below!

mesquite tree

A mesquite tree ready to drop pollen.

flowers

Pretty gold flowers.

ants

For my Wild About Ants fellow blogger.

wash

The wash that divides our neighborhood from the one to the south. During the monsoons, this actually has water in it at times!

wash

You can see from the size of the drainage hole that a fair amount of water is expected. There is also a hiking trail that begins up towards the top right of the picture. You can hike through the wash area down to the next major street. We have hiked it a couple of times, but so many people use it with their dogs and also horses that you really have to watch where you walk.

Huachuca Mountains

Looking south towards the Huachuca Mountains.

Huachuca Mountains

And panning slight to the right, from south to southwest, looking at the Huachuca Mountains. The view of these mountains is something that I will definitely miss when we move away.

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