Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Goodbye to Candycane and Polka dots..

It was our last hike into one of my most favorite areas of Calico Basin..

We left our friends driveway and headed west..

See that smallish home in the center?

I would love to own it..what a fabulous view.

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I wonder what bird left this downy feather behind…

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Candy cane and polka dot hike again_005It was a beautiful, warm, clear day in Calico basin.

Candy cane and polka dot hike again_006We followed the path around to the area that goes over the mountain.

Candy cane and polka dot hike again_010I could spend days here looking at the different rocks..

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Candy cane and polka dot hike again_014A view of Turtle head in the distance..

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The hike starts to get steep…

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I turn around to catch my breath and take this photo of the area we came from.

Candy cane and polka dot hike again_025A Rock Wren bobs around the top of this rock..

Jeff hiking up on the left..

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Candy cane and polka dot hike again_029I stop many times..Mostly to catch my breath..

It’s a great opportunity to look around and take photos..

Do you see a Gorilla?

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Candy cane and polka dot hike again_036I have more huffing and puffing to do..

I need to hike way up there..

Candy cane and polka dot hike again_038There has been no rain in the area for weeks..

But..I find this tiny purple flower.

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Candy cane and polka dot hike again_041Finally at the top, I find Jeff taking a nap.

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I look up behind me and see something up in the rock…

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Candy cane and polka dot hike again_046I thought this was a Dark-eyed Junco when I took this photo, as a flock flew past us when we were resting on the rocks.

Now that I look at it I can see its not a Junco. Not sure what it is..possibly a Rock Wren.

Candy cane and polka dot hike again_048Its time to continue our walk off the other side of the mountain and into the wash below.

Candy cane and polka dot hike again_049Turtle head is the gray mountain in the distance.

We hiked there four years ago…didn’t fit that hike in this time around.

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This is what I LOVE about this area.

Candy cane and polka dot hike again_052As we head into the canyon we hear a helicopter..

Candy cane and polka dot hike again_053It was a Police recue helicopter doing maneuvers through the canyon..

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Check out the video I took of helicopter..seemed a little scary doing the maneuvers in this rocky area.

We aren't the only ones watching..check out the group below..

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Time to continue on…

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Candy cane and polka dot hike again_060Another view of Turtle head mountain..

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We work our way down to the wash..

Candy cane and polka dot hike again_063Past striped rocks..

Hello there!

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Fabulous sculptured rock..

Candy cane and polka dot hike again_068I adore it here!

Candy cane and polka dot hike again_073Finally down in the wash..

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A sandstone hole..

Candy cane and polka dot hike again_082Its lovely and stripy and polka dotty here..

Candy cane and polka dot hike again_084Its also chilly here in the canyon..

Candy cane and polka dot hike again_088We are in the shade..

I look up at the rock in the sun and see someone climbing..

Candy cane and polka dot hike again_089Here he is..

Candy cane and polka dot hike again_090We watched for a while..

Candy cane and polka dot hike again_092Then continue our walk in the shadows..

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I am going to walk on and let the rocks speak for themselves..

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I hope you enjoy this area as much as I do....

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Goodbye Candycane and Polka dot hike…

Thank you…..

Until we meet again…

4 comments:

Dawn Fine said...

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The Furry Gnome said...

Wonderful looking group of pictures. Looks like a fascinating place.

diane-j-m said...

Very neat place to hike! The sky is so blue and the picture of the Rock Wren with the mountains behind was pretty. Yes I see the Gorilla. Good find. Where exactly is Calico Basin?

Bethany Carson said...

Beautiful scenery and rock formations! Enjoyed the photos! Looks like a great place to hike.

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