This week’s activities included a couple of days of softball, a couple of days of hiking, and not nearly enough pickleball. Part of the last point was because the weather turned wet and cold again this weekend. Right now we’re sitting here listening to the rain pound down on the roof of the trailer. We’ve heard that sound more than enough this winter.
The ball games went so-so this week. My Monday team got thrashed in both games, and the Tuesday team won both games in rather easy fashion. Sylvia was around to watch the games both days, and told me she enjoyed Tuesday a lot more. Funny thing, but I think we all did.
On Wednesday our hiking club went on a short hike below the Superstition Mountains. As I was not at the Monday planning meeting and no one stepped forward to lead the hike I was ‘Volun-told’ that I would be leading the hike. Volun-told is a new term I’ve learned this year, but is rather appropriate for the situation as I was informed that I would be leading a hike I had never been on before and didn’t seem to have a choice in the matter. At least I had access to a map.
So, Wednesday morning I organized 26 hikers in a process that resembles herding Cats and headed off into the desert. Leading a hike isn’t a difficult process, but you do have to make sure that people make the right turns at the right time. I actually brought home all 26 hikers, so it must have been a successful hike, but it was far from a sure thing at times.
I led the group out to the first turn, and pointed the way to go. Once we reached a good spot for a break several hikers wanted to continue right away, and I pointed them on their way. Unfortunately I picked the wrong way, but it was discovered before long. I went the rest of the way with the main pack of cats, I mean hikers, and once we reached the last turn I stayed behind to make sure the stragglers made the right turn. I’m glad I did as they attempted to walk straight past the turn and would have ended up in the local State Park instead of back at our parking area.
The hike started in the sunshine, entered the shade and cool breeze below the Superstitions and ended up on the flats in the full sunshine again. Not a bad day, but we didn’t see any evidence of flowers yet, although the grass on the floor of the desert is thick and green.
One of the reasons for the short hike was because our RV park had a Cancer fundraising event planned for the afternoon. We’re in a small park compared to many others in the East Valley area but consistently raise a substantial amount of money for this cause. This year the total was over $30,000.
Friday another hike was scheduled to bring a group to the Ridgeline of the Superstition Mountains above Gold Canyon. There were a few options for this hike, both more and less strenuous. Ten of us hiked the 4 miles and 2600’ up to the Ridgeline which is at 4600’ while 2 others went past our stopping point to conquer the highest peak in the Superstitions called 5057, which is also it’s elevation. The largest group, which included Sylvia, stopped about halfway up the hill at about 3000’ and were quite happy to send us on our way to the top.
Our path took us through the Heiroglyphics Pools which is surrounded with pictographs and evidence of Indigenous habitation in the distant past. A small group of our hikers turned around here.
Before long we were climbing steadily and looking down on the Valley floor. Some of us were wondering why we ever left it.
Once at the Ridgline we were above Weaver’s Needle, and had a great view of other hiking areas we’ve been to and plan to go to soon.
It was windy and cool on top, and we didn’t stay too long. Two of these ladies weren’t planning on coming all the way to the Ridgeline and were quite happy that they made it.
Lower down the hike it warmed up again and the breeze died down. We did manage to find some Poppies flowering in the sunshine. The first of many we hope to see in the next several weeks.
The winds up high brought in the rains overnight and they haven’t stopped yet. Unfortunately that washed out any chance of playing some pickleball. Hopefully it will warm up and dry up by Monday and we can get back to our regularly scheduled routines.