February 14 – 17, 2017
It was time to say goodbye (for now) to my nomad friends in Ehrenberg, and continue to explore some parts of Arizona that I’d never been to before. I’m not one for traveling great distances in a day if I don’t have to, so I only got as far as Kofa National Wildlife Refuge after leaving Ehrenberg. The Kofa NWR is about 25-miles south of Quartzsite, along Hwy 95. It is a popular place to visit because of a very short and sweet hike there called Palm Canyon. There are other areas of this refuge that I haven’t investigated yet, but maybe I will another year. I spent two nights at Kofa, and did the Palm Canyon hike again and explored off trail a bit. The view in the image at the top of this post is from my little walk off trail.
The desert foliage and cacti here are very abundant, probably because it’s been protected for a number of years now and has been allowed to grow. However, it wasn’t always that way, because it used to be a proving ground for the air force. Occasionally an unexploded bomb or rocket will be found here, and authorities have to come and take care of it. Be careful where you tread, and never touch anything that looks out of place.
I love the backlighting on the cacti in this shot.
Look at the color change on the mountains here, I love sunsets.
While at the Kofa NWR, I did my first check in on the Spot GEN3 Personal Locator Beacon I’m testing. You can check out where I’ve been by visiting here: MY ADVENTURE. Feel free to follow my trip if you wish. It’s pretty cool to look at these places with a satellite view in addition to my photography.
After Kofa, I decided to head to Yuma. On the drive there I heard that high winds were expected, which was probably meant that there would be a dust storm. I decided to go to Fortuna Pond to sit it out. I recalled there were some trees on one side of the pond, and I hoped to get shelter from the wind there, at least a little bit.
After the sand storm, it rained for a whole night and day. I moved out of the trees once the wind died down, so I could get a better Verizon signal, and play online until the storm passed. This is what Studley’s roof looked like afterward. It took a couple of car washes to get this off the roof. I had to crack my windows a bit during the sand storm, and everything inside was layered in fine sand. I hate sand and dust storms, they are worse than snow and rain for sure.
I’ll share images of Fortuna Pond in my next post.
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Until next time…remember to step outside of your comfort zone as often as possible.
Roxy ~ A Nomad for Nature
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