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Thursday, February 26, 2015

I Get Philosophical

Not really—Nina writes such beautiful philosophical blogs but I’m afraid that’s beyond my writing capabilities—I write as I see it, as my day goes.  But today I discovered something—saguaros make me happy, those majestic skyward reaching cactus, especially when you are in a virtual forest of saguaros—feed my soul as Nina would say!  I feel peaceful and the smile won’t leave my face.IMG_1133IMG_1134

Larry and Geri suggested to the gang we go over south of Wickenburg and ride out behind Vulture Peak.  We left North Ranch just after 9am and trailered ATVs to the Wickenburg city park.  Nancy and Fred, Tom and Sandy plus Dell and his friend Terry joined us for a perfect ATV riding day, not too hot, not too cold!!!

IMG_1122Fred and NancyIMG_1124Geri thinking about taking a siesta again!

IMG_1120Geri and LarryIMG_1128

Larry and Geri were the only ones who had ridden in this area and it had been a couple years since they had been on these trails—we did just a touch of back tracking but I would say their memories were quite good or their GPS was right on track?? Smile

Some of the riding was a touch challenging—made even more challenging by our leader Geri stopping right in front of me in the middle of a tough spot to take a photo of ME riding across the tough area—I might or might not have told her to “move it” in no uncertain terms!!!  SmileSmile

IMG_1131IMG_1142And our leader Geri pointed out a Jojoba plant----


“Jojoba is grown for the liquid wax (commonly called jojoba oil) in its seeds. This oil is rare in that it's an extremely long (C36–C46) straight-chain wax ester and not a triglyceride, making jojoba and its derivative jojoba esters more similar to human sebum and whale oil than to traditional vegetable oils.

Jojoba oil is interesting for the industry because it is odorless and it has a viscosity which is temperature-independent. Applications vary from engine lubricating oil to cooking oil. Jojoba wax is used predominantly for pharmaceutical compounds, specially for skin products. After polymerization factice can be used for rubber production. The use as biodiesel fuel is becoming more and more important………..”Wikipedia

IMG_1150IMG_1144IMG_1152This photo doesn’t show well but the yellow poppy like flowers were blooming everywhere—gorgeous!!

The McDonald’s in Wickenburg sits along the Hassayampa River wash—the ride today took us up the river bed so on the way back our ATVs magically wandered into the McDonald’s parking lot for ice cream—imagine that!  As we were standing around eating our ice cream I happened to check the temperature on my phone—it was 7 degrees in McLeod, Montana and 68 degrees in Wickenburg!! 

And another great day in the Arizona desert!!

On another note, my family back in Arkansas has been experiencing more snow/ice than normal.  Vicky, my sister-in-law has always loved photography and received a new camera for Christmas—she took some great snow photos yesterday.  This particular shot was featured on their local ABC news station in Little Rock tonight.


  1. Saguaros make me happy too, but I picked the wrong location for them this winter. :(

  2. Nice day for an atv ride!!..Nina's philosophical writings are amazing!!

  3. I need to build a little house in the middle of a saguaro grove:) They are just the coolest!

    What a great day out riding in the beautiful desert:)

  4. This sure is a nice area to spend the winter. All your pictures show that.
    Really like the picture of Gerri & Larry looking back.

  5. All those Saguaros remind me of the Joshua trees all lined up in Joshua Tree National Park - different for sure, but the same idea. Great photos of your trail ride today.

  6. Nice tour of the countryside your rode in. I too like Saguaros and wish there were some around here in Palm Springs country.

  7. It's wonderful to catch yourself smiling at the simple things - and to be surrounded by them is bliss :-) High 60's, no wind, bright sunshine seems like the perfect weather for a good ride. Those ATVs are really loaded up - bet you guys are prepared for everything! Sure a lot of big words for such a small and unassuming little bush :-)))))

  8. Nice ride! Knowing what makes you happy is important knowledge:)

  9. Yup, It's kinda fun to check the weather back home... right now in Wisconsin it's 4 degrees above 0 and going to well below for the night. Brrrrrrr

    Kareninthewoods and Steveio
    (Blog) RVing: The USA Is Our Big Backyard


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