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More bicycling in the high desert #4 2014 Trip

Friday, June 13, 2014

Well, it has been a rather challenging day, because after I left my friend's place in Topock, AZ my cell phone died. I'm in Brawley now for the night. It's in the Imperial Valley, part of the "agricultural basket" of California. I went to a Radio Shack, but after 1.5 hours they decided they couldn't help me (long story), although after polishing my cell battery a few times, the phone did boot. On to more pleasant considerations, as I sit in a Starbucks and enjoy the A/C.

I stayed at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, AZ last week. It was an amazing environment. I can't capture with words or images how much I enjoyed the time there. I rode my bike extensively around the grounds and lagoons and horse stables. The elevation is about 3200' so the weather was quite lovely.

They planted this wonderful stand of evergreens (juniper?) at the approach to the ranger's station.

With my affinity for the red-tail hawk, of course I had to find a spot in that section!

Here I am tucked in and ready to make dinner.

One of the lagoons.

With the reeds, it's a habitat for many varieties of birds. It's mating season for the great blue heron.

The stables, but I didn't get any horses.

That's all for now folks...just a little snippet of one of the many adventures on this ever-eventful trip.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DAISY443 6/18/2014 3:02PM

    Sigh! Feeling jealous!

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MAW_OH 6/18/2014 1:43AM

    Beautiful! I have now heard of places I never heard of before! Thanks for sharing !

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HIPPICHICK1 6/14/2014 9:26AM

    Gorgeous photos. Sounds like a great trip!

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BILL60 6/14/2014 7:16AM

    Sounds like a great adventure. Thank you for sharing.

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LOPEYP 6/14/2014 7:14AM

    What a beautiful area! Enjoy your trip!!

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CONNIECHANTS 6/14/2014 2:38AM

    Sorry to hear about your cell phone - hope you can get your 'life-line' reconnected soon! Definitely a necessary item on a trip like this! Looking forward to talking with you again soon! Love & Many Blessings. Connie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUST_BREATHE08 6/13/2014 11:33PM

    emoticon Beautiful!! emoticon emoticon

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SUBMOM2 6/13/2014 10:35PM

    Hi Maha,

Thanks for the great photos. So glad you've made it to the Golden State!


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BILLB000 6/13/2014 10:31PM

    Love the photos. Such an adventure, Maha. I would go crazy without my cell phone. Sounds like you handled that crisis well. :-)

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MISS_VIV 6/13/2014 10:31PM

    Looks like a very comfortable, place to camp and spend some time off the highway. So glad that Brawley has a Starbucks....and A.C. I am sure there isn't anyone in Arizona that does NOT have AC.. The elevation gave you a much deserved respite from the deserts you have been through. Hope that Brawley gives you many photo ops.......You are doing a great job of keeping us up on your travels.

Much love emoticon emoticon

And BOO for Radio Shack.... emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 6/13/2014 10:23PM

    What a lovely lovely spot -- and I'd choose red tail hawk too (have a picture in my office . . . ).

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ROX525 6/13/2014 10:02PM

    On vacation with my DH in New Mexico and Arizona so far and have seen at least a dozen bicyclists touring. We are in awe of you!

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MCFITZ2 6/13/2014 9:53PM

    Very different from Tucson where our dd and her family are.
Have a sil in Payson. Haven't been there yet.
Thank you for sharing the photos.

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