A Bit of Trail Work Hiking Up the Signal Peak Trail in the Poppies

Wednesday March 20, 2019 Queen’s Canyon KOFA Arizona

Trail work in the KOFA

My plan was to spend Tuesday working on the Signal Peak trail in Queen’s Canyon in the Kofa.

So a couple hours before sunset I headed south on 95 to the Palm Canyon road and turned onto the Queen’s Canyon road.

I’m headed out the Queen’s Canyon road here and stopped for a little break. van1


The road in is a slow four wheel drive road so I didn’t get too far before it started to get dark.

Wrong car for the road

Just past the camp spot Dan and I used a few weeks ago a two wheel drive car was in the road stuck at a bad wash out crossing. It wasn’t really stuck but they had to get it turned around. I was able to get around them and continue my trip.

Camp spot

I turned on my lights and continued on in past the Skull rock area about a mile and made camp at the head of Indian Canyon where the Signal Peak trail starts.

Tuesday morning

Here’s my camp spot and I plan to hike up the trail that goes up that canyon which is Indian Canyon.vancamp3


Signal Peak trail

I took my time getting it going and was on the trail around 11 going through here headed up.trail4


Wrong about the poppies

I thought the poppies would be on their last leg but I was wrong. With the recent rains last week more of them were in bloom and the orange colors were much darker.trail5


The trail goes right through here working it’s way up the hill.trail6


Above the poppies

Eventually the trail got higher than the poppies and looked like this not really too steep.trail7


Some shade

It was a bit hot in the sun for the first hour but then I moved in closer to the rock ridge on the left and was in the shade for the rest o f the way up to  where I wanted to do some trail work.trail8


The trail comes up the right side here through the brush and that’s where I wanted to work removing some brush as it was over growing the trail making the trail impassible in this spot unless one does a bit of rock scrambling.indiancanyon9


A bit of trail work

I brushed out the trail path going through here so now it’s easy to get through the brush without getting any thorns stuck in you. brushed11


Trail markers

Because the brush had blocked the trail in this spot the trail goes all over the place as people found a way around the blocked trail so I needed to mark the newly brushed area so people would find it so I put up about six piles of rocks to mark the brushed trail.rocks10


Heading back down the trail

I worked on the trail in this spot for about 2 and a half hours then took a break for a bit before starting back down the trail.

Can you see the trail as it winds through the poppies below?trailpops12


I took my time walking back on the trail as it was so lush.trail13



Spring is still early here and with as much water as this area has had things are just getting started so there will be much more to come as far as all the flowers.trail15


Indian Canyon

I stopped here to look back up the trail where I’d just been before returning to the van.poppy16


I made it back to the van where I took a long break and a good nap.

Drove out to camp

After that I started the slow drive out to the big parking lot at the road’s entrance where I had planned to camp.

But when I drove into the parking lot there was already a man and his wife there from the state of Washington. I shot the bull with them for a good while then drove down the road out a  little further and camped in the same spot Dan and I camped at a few weeks ago.

Wednesday Back to Quartzsite

I had a pleasant night there and took it easy until about noon the next morning when I continued on down the road out headed back to Quartzsite. I did some shopping and then went over to the library for some internet action. I was going to write this blog but felt more like a nap so that’s what happened.

Checking in with Marty

From there I drove on over to see how Marty was coming along with his bad back. His back isn’t so good and he’s arranging a way to get back home to his own doctors this weekend.

After a visit I drove over to my Sun Kiss road camp spot and had another nap and some dinner and that was my day for another nice one.

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Nutty Rock Lady’s Horse Statue and Some Battery Work For Marty

Monday March 18, 2019 Quartzsite Arizona

A big fat bug

Yesterday morning while sitting at my Sun Kiss Road camp spot having a cup of coffee I spotted this big two inch long bug making a bee line for the van, or maybe it was a beetle line. It was real fat with eggs likely looking for a spot to lay the eggs.bug


I decided my van wasn’t the place for that bug so spent some time diverting it back to where it had come from the nearby wash by me.

Checking out the horse statue

I had some time to kill so I went over to the nutty rock lady’s place as she said they would be delivering a horse statue around noon so I thought I should have a look.

By the time I got there the statue had already been delivered and looked like this. An Indian on a horse with an arrow or spear through him, on his last leg.

Here’s her project area with  the horse in place.project1


She’s got it about where she wants it and will put some cement around it.statue


As you can see the Indian is not in good shape with that stick in him.ouch


She lives just off main street and has a nice big yard for her projects.horse


Chit chatting

Since the delivery was done and the sun was out it was time to go in the rock house where it was cool and take it easy and shoot the bull for a few hours which we did.

Here’s a few more of her pretty rocks. She seems to have some of most everything when one looks around a bit.rocks


A project for me

In the afternoon I drove over to Marty and Patti’s to see what was going on as I was asked if I could get a new battery for  his RV and replace the shot one which I was going to do tomorrow.

Marty’s been flat on his back for over three weeks and in much pain no matter what position he’s in and doesn’t seem to be able to get any good doctoring down here so the plan is for another friend, Don to fly in to drive his motor home home with him in it later this week so the battery needs to get done.

Patti and I drive to Blythe

I spent the night at my Sun Kiss camp and this morning around noon I drove over to Marty’s as Patti was going to drive me to Blythe to get a battery and some new parts to mount it.

Favorite bakery

We got the battery and parts first and some shopping and then drove over to their favorite bakery for sandwiches. Not me I just sucked in the smells. :O)bakery


Bunny food

We also picked up a 25 pound bag of carrots for the rock ladies bunnies.

Installing the new battery

Once back home I got the tools out and installed the new battery and it’s new mounts.battery


I  had Patti test out the motorhome starting it up and letting it idle for a bit just to be sure.

All was well and good to go.

My plans

My plan is to get some drinking water and then head out to the desert to camp for a bit. I’m thinking of going back out to Queen’s Canyon in  the KOFA to hike up the Signal Peak trail and brush it out as the flowers there should be a lot different now.

Of course that means no internet for a few days so you’ll hear from me when I get back.

Nice day getting a bit warm but there is a breeze.

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