Thursday March 14, 2019 Queens Canyon KOFA Arizona
Another KOFA adventure Monday
Monday I got it going and gassed up and headed out to the KOFA to Queen’s Canyon off the Palm Canyon road.
Rains have started
When I got near the parking lot near where Dan and I camped the other day I pulled over for a break. About ten minutes into the break pitter patter started on the van’s roof, a light rain. Big cold drops were coming down lightly.
Camp spot at the trailhead
Raining on Tuesday
The rain continued through the night and all through the next day. I went out in the morning and looked up at the peaks on the trail I wanted to go up, the Signal Peak trail but it was all clouded in and raining so I stayed in the van and read.
A reading day
I was reading one of Louis Lamour’s books called Lonesome Gods which was set around the desert area in this area. I think it was one of Louis’s best books maybe because I was also in the desert and could appreciate what was going on.
Evening hike up the road to the end
The rain let up a bit in the late afternoon so I decided to go for a walk up to the end of the road which looked like about a mile on the map, but I think it was more like two miles to the end of it.
End of the road
Heading back down the road
I didn’t stay long and started back down the road and peeled off at a spot where the map showed a tank. I looked but I couldn’t find it.
Anything with water stored in it is called a tank in the desert. Most of the tanks are just rock that water collects in when it rains. I didn’t find the big one in this area but this little one was in the creek from the recent rains. Just a puddle of water.
Wednesday a windy day
I had a good night and the rain stopped, but then the wind picked up and was real gusty and cold the next day so again not a good day to hike up the Signal peak trail.
I was sitting there in my van when I heard a truck outside so I went outside to see what was going on. A guy and a girl where parking their truck so I shot the bull with them a bit and told them what I knew about the Signal Peak trail. They got their backpacks out and headed up the trail and were planning to stay the night up there.
I decided to leave the area and camp back by where Dan and I parked near the parking lot.
A short hike
Headed back to Quartzsite
Once I got back to the van I packed things up for travel and started the drive out. When I got to where I was thinking of camping the wind was blowing good so I canceled that camp and started back to Quartzsite and camped at my Sun Kiss Road camp for the night with the wind still blowing.
The next day I drove over to Patti and Marty’s were I’m taking it easy and writing up this blog.
I might get back to that spot again before I go home, maybe, but I have some other stuff to explore so we’ll see.