Thursday, February 27, 2014

Telegraph Pass...a dang good workout!

Cocopah RV REsort
Yuma, AZ
February 24, 2014

Joe and I shook the dust off our hiking boots, packed a back pack and set out on our first hike for 2014! Thanks to MonaLiza ( The Lowe's RV Adventures ) we had our destination!


Telegraph Pass is rated as an easy to moderately difficult hike and suggested time for the 4.5 miles (round trip) is 4-6 hours.



 Its been a really long time since we have been hiking in the desert...one of our favorite things to do. It was a beautiful morning and we were all smiles!


What a treat looking up is!
Right from the parking lot, we dropped into a wash. The wildflowers were blooming all along the rocky trail. I had to watch where I was stepping, but often stopped to take it all in...








As we made our way out of the wash, the rocky trail changed to a narrow dirt trail.  This crooked path led us across the ridge...the easiest part of the days hike.






We reached the main road that leads to the towers. This is a crudely paved road that takes you up...and I do mean up! This last leg was the shortest part of the trail, but it was also the most strenuous. Did I say it went up?










We were determined! We took our time, made more than a few stops to catch our breath...




Notice the clouds? We were happy to have the sun behind them for awhile!













We signed the book, sat for a spell, had a few "Woo-hoo!"s, then it was time to start back.


 
Looking back on our day, this probably shouldn't have been our first hike of the year...being in better shape would have made it a little easier. But I am so glad we did it. There were many times we wanted to turn around...but we don't give up easily! The view at the top was priceless...
 
We did see a hummingbird feeding on an ocotillo.
 
 
My kind of hike...
 
 

 
And Pearl never looked so good!
 
Thanks for stopping by...take care and
 
...enjoy!
 
Up next...Imperial Wildlife Refuge

19 comments:

  1. Impressive! The pictures are absolutely beautiful. The flowers alone make it worth the hike!

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    1. Thank goodness for those flowers....they kept me busy with the camera instead of thinking about how tuff that climb was!

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  2. Gorgeous! That certainly was a gorgeous view. Spring must be just around the corner with all the flowers coming to life.

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    1. Compared to last year, I do think spring has arrived early!

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  3. Laughed out loud at your pic where your arms are raised in victory! Good for you!!!

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    1. Hi guys! What a sense of accomplishment we both felt! I sure felt it in the calves the next few days! No complaints here...it's good to be active again!

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  4. Good for you! You went, you saw, you conquered! Don't know if I would have had the fortitude to stick to it. Lovely views from the top. I'm always amazed at the patches of green in what appears to be a barren & desolate area.

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    1. Thanks Gayle. I know what you mean about the green....I had no idea before we arrived that farming was so important here. I have so many farm pictures so don't be surprised to see an up close encounter of the fields!

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  5. What a beautiful area! And, what a hike! Good for you guys, I doubt we could have done that trail! Your photos are gorgeous! The flowers and hummer a delight to see!

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    1. I think you could have done the first part for sure Sheila! I was so excited to see the hummer.

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  6. Nice accomplishment. Sure wouldn't want to attempt that in the middle of summer, that's for sure. Looked like a nice view too. --Dave

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    1. It was an awesome view...thanks Dave!

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  7. Looks like a really good hike, and love you pictures of the desert flowers.

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    1. Thanks George! The flowers are so pretty...

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  8. I can just imagine how hard it will be getting back into that kind of hiking shape. What a beautiful trail. I can't believe how many flowers there are at this time. Your photos are gorgeous!

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  9. Yeah you made it and you showed it like a big victory! I was reading and hiking with you at the same time, and was out of breath too! That was truly a great workout.
    There were no flowers when we went there and so glad you took some beautiful gorgeous blooms.
    Thanks for the mention, glad you enjoyed your workout. I am envious for we have no hills to climb here.

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    1. Thank you MonaLiza for recommending this hike! We were 2 proud hikers at the end of the day!

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  10. And Oh love your new header, just gorgeous!

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