Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Grumpy Rich vs. Happy Rich

Rich does not like to work in Food section at local Walgreen's.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Vulture Peak, Wickenburg, AZ

Vulture Peak is located near Wickenburg, AZ. Trail is approximately 2.0 miles one-way to its upper saddle, and additional scrambling needed to reach its peak. Elevation gain is 1200 feet.

Trail head

Hedgehog Cacti (Echinocereus)

Vulture Peak

View of the valley

Orange colored desert flower

Yellow desert flower

Rock squirrel

A piece of Cholla cactus trying to hitch a ride with me.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The White Wyatt Cenac

This is my buddy Jon, who has strong resemblance of Wyatt Cenac.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Barnhardt Trail, Tonto National Forest, Arizona

Barnhardt Trail is located southwest of Payson, Arizona along SR87. The entire trail is approximately 6 miles one-way. There are two water falls at 3 miles in.

The wooden trail map at trail head does not indicate directional information, nor distance

Gopher snake, harmless

Cacti flowering

Water fall from afar

More cacti flowering

Small pool

Small lizard resting on a boulder

Water pool


Mazatzal Mountain

Yellow flower

Layered rock formation

Wild flower

Ant hill

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My loot from International Migratory Bird Day at Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center last Saturday.

"Check out my brown eye!"
"Oh my..."

Monday, April 12, 2010

Watch out for that Gila monster!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tonto Narrows Closed

I tried to hike Tonto Narrows yesterday, but the gate is locked when I got there.

Later I found out from Charles Liu's (author of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles Phoenix) website:

As of early 2009, the trailhead for this hike is closed to public access due to recent conflicts between hikers and local ranchers. There are currently no established alternate access routes to Tonto Creek from the town of Gisela.

That is just too bad!