Well, it's time to admit no one is twisting my arm anymore. Is this my most favorite activity, no, but I enjoy being active and outdoors and sometimes, it seems like it is the easiest to put together. Organizing a day of dance activities for the two of us when classes are structured at given times and days, is more unlikely for us currently with our schedule and moods. And-- given the choice between household chores, sitting around being lazy or hiking (grueling though it may be at times), I'll taking hiking in the beautiful outdoors. Especially now that we are going to start taking more pics so I can endulge my artistic nature and practice painting. Of course, if you know me, things can change - QUICKLY-
January, 75 degrees in Joshua Tree, unheard of and a sin to miss out on, so although we haven't hiked since July, off we went (please remember we are OLD and in our years 6 months hiatus is like 5 years). Not to mention by the time a certain someone got out the door we didn't arrive at the trailhead until 3PM.
Okay, so 4-5 mile hike around West Side Loop in Black Rock Canyon. No prob, right? Beautiful sky, clear, no wind, the joshua trees and desert scape seem to have a glow around them. Trail not bad, "Hey this is going to be too easy, I want to climb up"... Who said that? Yep, it was me, stupid me. You'll see why in a bit.
Why is it that a mile in my home neighborhood seems so quick and easy, I can see from one end to the other but a mile in the hills NEVER, NEVER ends? Okay, I'm feeling it, legs are getting heavy, back somewhat sore, but hey we're almost done, right? The sun is getting very low and we can't have much daylight left... Okay, here we go, up. NOW we're going up and up? Jim says, "Yes, lets look at the map.... we're almost half way" WHAT, What you say, not even half way? "No, you are wrong, can't be. We've been going for a long time...."
So off I go feeling kinda proud, I'm making it up all the hilly part but thinking he's wrong we are almost done.... Still enjoying the three D scene. Came across an awesome tree! We had to stop for a moment and capture it. Yes, a dead one but look at it, to me it still exudes so much spirit. I can't wait to try to paint it. Yeah, that's me hiding in the branches. Look closely, can you see. I'm still happy.
Doesn't look like we're going up, does it? Well, trust me we are still on the back side of the loop, I think.... I really can't remember. Oh well you get the idea. Anyway, we keep going and now I'm really getting tired. Up and Up and yep, Jim was right, we still had a LOOOOONG way to go. Hey, where did the sun go, hey wait, we still have a long way and it's almost getting DARK! Okay, dark is not too bad, I have my trusty headlamp after all.
DARK! DARK! Wait a minute, dark doesn't just me dark as in "no light". Dark means strange animals, WILD ANIMALS! Okay, tired, hell no. We've got to book it out of here.... Whew! Just about the time I was really going to panic, we see the town and the lights and the camp site below. Okay, thanks God, made it through another adventure.... Enjoy the pics.
Various Pics along the way.... Do you get the idea I like dead trees..... hmmmm