What Kind of Plant Is This?

On the hike yesterday, this odd-looking plant was along the trail. I touched it gently, it’s very sharp! I didn’t find it in a search, but one thing is certain – you don’t dare touch it! Aren’t my old tennies so attractive? Nope.

Take A Hike!

Today’s weather is so glorious that I just have to get the heck out of the house. I hopped in the truck and headed out of the city to you guessed it, Calico Basin!

I prefer hiking here because I know I can handle the terrain fairly easily. The air temperature was hovering around 65 degrees with very little humidity at around ten percent.

I was diagnosed with heart failure in 2002, since then I’ve adapted and know my limits. Add to this, three herniated lower lumbar’s which cause a bit of pain after a bit.

But gosh dang I refuse to allow these medical conditions to shut me down, Man! Today, I used the 24/70mm lens which was a good choice over the zoom lens for today.

there were quite a few people out there, as a courtesy to others, I wore my mask when others were near and kindly stepped off of the trail a ways to let them pass.

It’s a beautiful day to be kind to other people on the trails! These photos are from the start of the short hike before I arrived to the beautifully pattered stone I will show next.

The Tiny Hiker

Can you spot the lone tiny hiker atop Lone Mountain? Lone Mountain is around just 550 feet high and is a local favorite for residents to climb via the trail on the north slope. I’ve mentioned this little mountain in this space before. I would really love to climb the trail and summit the peak, but my little heart just isn’t into it…

The Big Cholla

A Buckhorn Cholla that is! This photo was taken between Charleston Boulevard and the Red Rock Escarpment which is a fault line. My best guess about the distance between the road and the base of the mountains is about one mile. I was able to hike it once about two or so years ago. That’s a very long hike for a guy with a compromised back! Don’t give up, you can do it!!

I also have a compromised heart which is why I have had a Life Alert account for two or more years as a safety precaution. You wear the mobile unit clipped to you somewhere or in the pocket. It’s very small but is actually a satellite transceiver, does not link to the cell system so it works anywhere and has full duplex conversation capability like your phone. Peace of mind.

Ariel and Ground Photos

Digging deep into my archives yesterday, I found these two photos. The top photo is via the DJI Drone I had, it’s high above Lovell Canyon looking south. The bottom photo was taken on a hike heading for the base of the Red Rock Escarpment a couple or so years ago. The little mountain is not a part of the escarpment.