A benefit of staying at Hole-in-the-Wall campground in Mojave Preserve is that there are several hiking trails within walking distance, and the 6 mile Barber Peak loop sounded like a good first hike in the park. This place has been such a pleasant surprise with all the vegetation, flowers, colorful rocks and a playground-like canyon.
Cute baby jack.
Lunch with a view.
Entering the playground.
THE hole-in-the-rock? There are too many to choose from.
The trail goes through Banshee Canyon, and requires climbing up a couple of dry falls with the help of rings. Not as easy as it sounds! The first one wasn’t too bad. Jim declared himself Lord of the Rings.
I wasn’t smiling so much on the second set of rings.
Suzanne hurled her hiking pole through Jim’s legs. He’s a brave man.
The second climb was much harder. Not only is it narrow, but the rings are very far apart. Jim almost lost his Lord title, as Queen Suzanne had to show us how to do it. He tried again after removing his camera and backpack.
The next photo is courtesy of Suzanne. Do you see the look of sheer terror on my face now? The only thing that helped me get up was knowing that if I turned around I would have to go back down the first set of rings, which I didn’t think I could do.
More scrambling without the help of rings.
We just love this canyon. In fact, Suzanne and I went back the following day and hiked the shorter 1.5 mile loop that goes through the canyon and rings. It was much easier the second time around. And we had clear blue skies, which hides the fact that it was only in the 50s and the wind was blowing like crazy.
If you’re interested in learning about some of the history and geology of this place, check out Geogypsy’s blog post about it. She did the research so I don’t have to. Thanks, Gaelyn!
Jim and I have been in a state of discontent lately, or perhaps the 7 year itch, trying to figure out what we want to do with our future. If we’re going to keep traveling should we buy a bigger RV? Do we want to settle down somewhere for part of the year? Rent an apartment or get a lot at Jojoba Hills? Where do we want to go this summer? We find it harder and harder to make decisions as we get older, and it has been making us crazy thinking about it.
Fortunately, being in this beautiful place and talking with Suzanne has made us realize we don’t have to make any hasty decisions. We’ve finally got a plan for most of the summer, and I’m sure the rest will fall into place. It’s a great life, but sometimes we wonder if we’re missing something. Would love to hear from other fulltimers if you’ve experienced the same feelings.