Rugged and beautiful
Rugged and beautiful
I love wild and rugged spots. Nature at it’s untamed best. I am so glad we came back to the Kofa National wildlife refuge because it is so rugged and wild.
Sunday night, and into Monday morning we had a beautiful desert rain. The smell is just wonderful! By early Monday afternoon it was just cloudy and cool, so we decided to go hike along the rugged mountains we look at all day. We went this way the last time we were here, but we wanted to go further. So we packed a lunch, and off we went.
We really wanted to see some of the bighorn sheep that live here, but no luck that day. We did find a little canyon, and some great rock formations. The colors on the rocks weren’t as bright as they normally are because of the cloud cover. But the clouds were great, so I guess that’s the trade off.
The dogs entertained us pretending they were bighorn sheep though.
They were actually trying to convince Al to share his sandwich. No luck there.
It was a good thing we went on Monday, because the storm blew out on Tuesday. And I do mean blew!! Torrey’s ears don’t normally stand straight up.
It did settle down in the evening, enough for me to get centered in the zen circle.
Have a fabulous day!!
WOW! That wind is wild! And Torrey is loving life, and this is yet again another place where you can probably hear yourself thinking. I can imagine and almost feel the warmth of the sun in this wide open space.
I just left you a reply on your reply from your last post. Truly Mary, your world is unlike many; most people are drawn (including myself) to the lush gardens of Europe or the US, or chic and trendy places to travel. But you have opened up another door of our world and I know you have something here to share on a grander scale.
Clear and pure photos of a secret “garden” if you will – a place of meditation and a sacred beauty.
HAVE A GREAT DAY!
Yes, I can definitely hear myself thinking here. And I won’t mention that I was napping in the sun with shorts yesterday.
I love the beauty here. The starkness of it, the ruggedness, just the difference. I’m glad I have opened up this world to you in a way you never knew existed.
Gorgeous scenery and views.. I especially love your doggies and the last shot is neat too. Have a happy day!
Love the windy shot. Have a tremendous Thursday.
Best wishes Molly
what a fabulous hairstyle Torrey, I wish I had a little longer fur too :o)
Yes, then you could sport that sexy wind blown look too.
The picture of Torrey’s ears is great! My other favorite is the zen circle! Awesome!!
Hi Mary, great post. My wife, Ljuba, myself and our two Siberian Huskies, Boo and Togo, plan on boondocking there the third week of March. Hopefully it won’t be too hot by then.
How difficult was the hike to the canyon from your base camp and did you run into any nasty cacti that could hurt your dogs paws? Love your blog and photos.
I’m glad you stumbled onto my blog, and I’m especially glad you like it here. It could be hot here by March. We’ve been lucky with great weather. Just an FYI though. This is our second time this winter staying here and the wind seems to blow more here than other places. We are camped on Palm canyon road. We drove to the very end and got on the trail going off to the left, north, from there. We went 1 1/2 miles in, but you could keep going. It’s mostly flat with washes to go in and out of. I keep Torrey on a leash on hikes like this to keep her out of the cactus, and possibly snakes. She does have desert hiking boots she can wear if I am comfortable with her being off leash. There is a link to my review of them under the favorite dog products page. Let me know if you have more questions I can answer. Are you full timers too?
No, we’re not full timers. I’m retired but Ljuba is still teaching. That’s why we have to wait until late March . . . spring break you see. However, this is her last year so who knows.
enjoying your adventures right along with you.Wish we were there.
so gorgeous! great skies to offset those rocks!
That looks fantastic countryside to explore.
Yep, Torrey looks quite windblown! But the terrain is so gorgeous there!
The day we were in Kofa exploring, someone was parked literally right on the backside edge of the outside circle. Some people just don’t get it! What a way to ruin the moment of zen with the maze. Looks like you had a better experience:) It looks like the little solar lights are gone?! There were a few solar lights around the outer edge and in the middle. I thought putting them around the outer edge was good idea to keep cars away. Enjoy your Kofa adventures:)
I didn’t notice lights last time we were here either. That would be a good idea though.
I love the shape and color of the rocks against the grey clouds.
Oh I love the windy photo of Torrey!! It’s absolutely great.
Tell me more about the Zen circle. Is it a walking meditation? I LOVE walking meditations!!
Mom always thinks photos are better with cloud cover, but I am sure it depends! Good thing Roxy is low to the ground she could have blown away! Love Dolly
Looks like a fabulous spot to call home for a bit. I always enjoy a good rainfall as it brings out the colors in the rocks. Wonderful shots!
LOL! Love Torrey in the wind. On the North Sea it was always windy and this reminds Mom of how our ears used to blow up in the air all the time.
Oh Torrey, now we know it was a hair dryer!!!!…:)JP
that last photo is my absolute fave!
It looks so ancient and beautiful, like it’s seen everything!
Gorgeous canyon but I have to say that the photo of Torrey made me LOL!!!!!
I love the canyon photo with the cactus in the foreground!
Torrey’s wind-blown ears cracked me up!
once again you have taken some beautiful images. Thank you for sharing your journey, we love them so much.
What a beautiful place and it looks like everyone enjoyed your hike! How could Al resist sharing his sandwich with those faces though? LOL
Beautiful photos! The dogs are so cute :)