Thursday February 27, 2014 Palm Canyon AZ.
I woke up at my Quartzsite camp rather late and got it going for the day. First thing I wanted to do was go to the library and check my email and the weather report and post yesterdays blog, which I did.
I wasn’t in a hurry as all I had to do today was drive down to Palm Canyon, down highway 95, not too far below Quartzsite.
I drove down there and took a left turn to Palm Canyon. It’s a ways to the canyon on a gravel road that wasn’t too bad with washboard, just a little.
Here’s my view going up the road to Palm Canyon, which is at that big mountain about in the center of the picture.
My view as I got closer to the mountain.
And just a little closer and you can see the road that goes up to the parking lot for the Palm Canyon Trail, which goes up that canyon.
Before I got to the parking lot, I could see there were a number of cars and four wheelers there. Would anyone be in my camp spot? There’s only a small place to park down in the lower corner that is level. No one was in it as I entered the parking lot, but it was sorta blocked by a truck that was owned by someone off walking up the canyon, so I parked and waited until they came back down and left.
In the mean time a couple of folks came by with kayaks on their rig and stopped to talk for a bit. They’d just been down to Baja in Mexico for two and a half months. We shot the bull for a bit and they went up for the walk to the palms and soon the other truck left so I grabbed my camp spot.
This is the view looking back down the entrance road just after I arrived.
This is my camp spot in front of Palm canyon. This spot is one or two hundred feet or so, up higher than the surrounding desert, so it commands quite a view.
Most every one cleared out before five PM so I had the place to myself.
I did a couple little walks around the lower parking lot, mostly hobbling along as my ankle is still not fully functional yet.
I just walked around the desert looking around here.
You can see it’s not the easiest place to walk around with a sprained ankle.
After awhile I my ankle was hurting a bit, so I retired to the inside of my van.
I was getting hungry and needed a bread fix, so the only thing to do was make up some dough and make up some tortillas.
I mixed up some dough and rolled out three tortillas. I haven’t come close to mastering the art of making round tortillas. It doesn’t really matter as they taste the same, they just don’t’ hold things well, so I don’t put thing in them. Simple, huh? :O)
Here’s one of my not round tortillas getting cooked.
And here’s a couple of the finished product. Tasty, they disappeared fast. I saved some dough for next time.
Just about sun down, I went out and took a photo of the trail and the Palm Canyon. I was hoping to hike way on up there some where’s higher than I did last year, but the sprained ankle put a stop to that idea, for now.
The sun went down and I was up here all by myself and enjoying it.
Tomorrow, there are supposed to be some rain showers coming in, so I will move my camp down to Horse Tank, just south of here back on highway 95.
A lazy day for sure.