Thursday, December 26
Today we’re going to Palm Canyon!
I’m concerned whether Spike can handle the hike. It’s not a long trail, but it’s uphill and rocky.
Bill and Ann are careful what challenges they put before their beagle, Samantha. She inexplicably ruptured three discs a few months ago and had to have back surgery. Her recovery has been good. Still, one wonders how well Samantha will do on this hike.
Little Julie the dachshund is an intrepid hiker in spite of legs about two inches in length. As for Bridget, she always does her best to follow wherever I go.
At the end of Palm Canyon Road, this is the view looking west toward our campsites, Route 95, the Chocolate Mountains and the South Trigo Peaks.
This is the north side of the canyon.
Samantha is handling the hike very well. Spike surprises me with his energy. He’s loving this!
We reach the point where the palm trees can be seen.
These are California fan palms, the only native palms in Arizona. I’m lucky to catch this photo in bright sunshine. A moment later the palms are in dark shadow.
Ann heads up a trail along the rock face on the south side of the canyon. No way I’m going to do that. While Ann’s up there, some young hikers call out from the trail ahead of Bill and me, “Hey! There’s a bobcat over here!”
If Spike’s arthritis bothers him, he doesn’t let on. By the time we return to the Best Little Trailer, my two happy hikers are ravenous. I quickly prepare them individual plates of ground turkey which they gobble (groan) up in a flash.
No urging necessary for bedtime. Bridget and Spike fall asleep shortly after supper.
Friday, December 27
Another hike! We go up the Kofa Queen Road to hike into Ten Ewe Canyon. More about that in the next post.
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