One of the things Ronnie and Carol wanted to do was a jeep ride in Pearl. So Joe and Ronnie were off to the BLM office in search of information and maps. After explaining what they were looking for, the very nice lady said "We just aren't there yet. Other states are way ahead of us." There were no books...no information on trails... nada!
They did however find this map...and since we had been close to the Cargo Muchachos Mountains when exploring the American Girl Gold Mine District...we decided to just head that way. With water and snacks loaded, we were on our way at 8:15 am.
The Cargo Muchachos Mountains are actually in California. To get there from Yuma, we took I 8 west and took exit 164 to Sidewinder Road.
Just after Felicity, CA, Sidewinder changes from pavement to gravel...Pearl was very hopeful at this point and I even heard a "Whoa, whoa!" from the driver!
There were trail markers along the way. At first we tried following them, but if you look at the map, most of them dead-end. So we tried a different approach.
When we came to a fork in the road, we each took turns giving the direction...left or right. Turned out to be lots of fun!
We followed the trail thru a wash where there seemed to be more green.
I spotted a vulture...actually his white beak gave him away.
I didn't even realize there were two of them until we turned the corner and saw them from the back...
if you look closely at the picture on the left, you can see the second one in the photo. Its below and to the right of the one in view.
We did make a stop for a picture...I do love the color of these clusters of red on the tips of the ocotillo plant.
From there, it was up...
...to a beautiful view. This seemed like the perfect place for water and a snack. It is a little embarrassing to admit, but I have no idea where we were or how we got there.
The Cargo Muchachos Mountains are the most barren area I have ever seen. What a joy it was to spot a bit of color...a tiny bit of color.
Pearl didn't have quite the challenge she had in Moab and we didn't have quite the views we had in Moab, but it was great just being with friends and enjoying the day!
We have had some beautiful sunsets...
Until next time...enjoy!
Up next...margaritas in Mexico!