The cacti in the the New World Desert Collection of the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley are in stunning bloom. How have I missed this in past years? The flowers are gorgeous! All these photos were taken during my visit on Sunday, May 5th, 2013. If you live in the San Francisco area, I recommend heading to the gardens to see these! And, remember, this Friday, May 10th, is National Public Gardens Day. For more information, see my post… This Friday! National Public Gardens Day.
Having moved through the learning curve about how to prospect for gold, this information will undoubtedly help newbies find a place to go. Knowing where to go to get started in prospecting is very important. For your reading enjoyment:
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It is rumored that Pancho Villa once stashed a cache of valuables somewhere in Arnett Canyon, Arizona. Located south of highway 60 and just west of Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, it is located across the ridge below which the arboretum is located. One must hike in from the west or east, and we hiked from the west as it seemed easier to
approach the canyon from there and follow the Arnett Creek east around to the bottom of the canyon. One can also approach the canyon from the perlite mine in Superior, Arizona and head west around the ridge shadowing the arboretum. I have never done that, and it seems one would have to cross private property, but I am not sure.
While I discovered no treasure (wasn’t looking for any either), I discovered a treasure of beautiful plants and weather worn rocks and mountains. After about 2 miles, there was a lot of water in the creek, which I found unusual since everything near where I live there is pretty dry. The temps were around 89 degrees so the hiking was very pleasant. The highlight of the trip was climbing 3/4 of the way up a mountain to a pinnacle of white rock which can be seen for miles. Seeing the other mountain ranges from there was breathtaking. It was about 3 hours walk into the canyon where we stopped.
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Today was quite a wonderful day in several ways. First, I was going to Tucson to visit my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. Second, the sky was perfectly clear revealing a wonderful blue sky. Third, I found the Santa Catalina Mountains still had specks of snow visible on top of the peaks. But, fourth, the snow was melting and the streams falling from above down the mountain were different in color, which made me look closer. Of course, the snow melt created water flow, and that is why the recesses between gorges were so shiny!! It doesn’t take much to excite a 63 year old.
I pulled over and took a photo of the mountain range and will now share it with you. You probably know that snow is rather rare in the desert, but at 9000 feet, the mountains can catch it when we get an unusual air flow from the jet stream that bends way south and creates mucho chilly temperatures. I won’t go into the temps because mid-westerners will laugh at what I consider cold. However, it is unusual to get down into the teens in southern Arizona. Flagstaff to the north got down to 6 degrees at one point. But that is to the north.
Here is a view of the last remnants of snow at the peaks that are melting and running down the mountain.
Of course, the best part was visiting my granddaughter and seeing how big she is getting. And of course, grandpa loves the running hug he gets from her every time she sees him.