gail & her crew invited us to a little 6 mile leg stretcher today up to the cline creek ruins.
we tried to get the dogs to look at the camera. but no luck. but they do look like they are trying to “frame” us
started the hike thru a cholla forest
and i do mean cholla forest. for an east coaster, i think the cactus out here are absolutely amazing. and cool!
gail’s the dog whisperer walker. even my guys hang out with her
if you look real close, you can see 4 different types of cactus
it’s a saguaro forest! and that plateau looking thing in the background, that’s where we are going
roadrunner gail – always 1000 feet beyond me
my guys taking a break in the brush shade
EVERYBODY waiting on me. i blame the camera. not that i’m a slow hiker
not confident that gail really knows where the trail is
views from the top!
There is a small trail that will take you up about 500 feet for the last half mile. Research on this site said that the top is defensive and that the site had about 70 pueblos
that’s a long ways down!
pretty desert flowers blooming
gail was nice to keep my guys down in a “safer” area while i climbed up to the very top
scout & sam keeping cool in the shade with cyrus
all the pretty boys
semi group shot. got sam and lucy. and cyrus’s body. scout is mia
water and snack break. cyrus is fully relaxed
i love the moss or whatever this colorful stuff is on the rocks
hiking down is more dangerous than going up. moving rocks is slippery. my thighs are feeling good
WHAT??? i figured out gail’s magic dog whispering…. TREATS!
big guy cyrus was too tired to really care about a tiny treat
more cholla forest
lucy + sam lead the way home
while cyrus + scout kept up at a leisurely pace
and for a dog training tip: when returning to your car, it’s always a good idea for them to down or sit and wait while you load up. no running in traffic for our guys!
and the best part of a big hike… BIG NAPS!