Monday, February 5, 2018

Same Old, Same Old

IMG_2199                                                                  Last week’s full moon rising

Yes, we are still here at McDowell Mountain Park for another couple of weeks. Enjoying the warm, dry weather this winter which has allowed us to get out on the trails frequently either on foot or bicycle. Still going to the gym a few times a week, working at Fearless Kitty and hanging out with friends. It’s hard to believe we’ve been here three months already.

The past two Friday Fitness Hikes have been much tamer. One week we did a 6.5 mile loop to Dixie Mine and beyond to some petroglyphs. This crested saguaro is at the trailhead parking lot, which is at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd in Fountain Hills.One week we did a 6.5 mile


It was barely over 40 at 8am when we started out but it always warms up quickly once we get moving.






Looking down into the mine shaft.


Heading to the petroglyphs.


A couple of mine tunnels along the way.


I found a bit more information about the mine on the internet.

“The Dixie Mine was established in 1877, when scouts noticed expanses of red quartz in this area. Red quartz often occurs in proximity to gold and silver deposits, so the mine was established. Although some silver and gold was extracted from the mine, it seems that its major profits derived from selling, and then re-selling, the mine to hapless investors from the East Coast. It finally closed in 1917 and was given to the state.”



There are lots of petroglyphs, thought to be created by the Hohokams about 1000 to 1500 years ago.




We had to do some scrambling to get out of the wash where the petroglyphs are located.






Last Friday’s hike started at the trailhead staging area in McDowell Mountain Park. We hiked almost 10 miles on a few different trails but mainly stayed in various washes for a little variety.





I’m never quite sure where we are on these hikes, as we all just follow Kevin. It’s nice to walk and talk and not have to plan a route.


We had what we think was a barn owl fly ahead of us several times through this arroyo. I’m sure it was happy we finally climbed out of there.



While I was hiking last Friday Jim took the car to a place in Tempe called SubiWorx that only works on Subarus. He wanted to get the brake fluid flushed and have the brakes, steering and a few other things checked out. He was happy he got out of there for just over $60, as the dealer quoted $130 for the brake flush. And they did not think the lower control arm bushings needed replacing, although the Subaru dealer in Scottsdale said they did two years ago. Now that he’s discovered this shop, Jim doesn’t want to take the car anywhere else. Let’s hope we don’t have any issues before we come back here, probably in November.

Below are some murals being painted by a talented volunteer in the two main adoption rooms at Fearless Kitty Rescue. You can get an idea of how big these are by the one on the right and the location of the light switch by the door. I love how she painted the tail on the door.

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She wasn’t quite finished with the rest of these, but they are still impressive.


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Just a couple more weeks of cats and we’ll be off to Jojoba Hills. And rumor has it we may have a visit from our Box Canyon buddies tomorrow, always something we look forward to.


  1. Thank you for another wonderful photo journey into interesting areas, thaat includes the kitty art also.

  2. We were hiking in the area a couple years ago and a friend told us about this crested arm. We drove over to see it...absolutely gorgeous!! Love the red lines in that white boulder:)

  3. Time flies when you're doing things you enjoy. It sounds like it's been a wonderful winter. Might be fun having someone else plan hikes -- as long as they don't get me into places I don't want to be. Like hopping over deep chasms. :-)) Love the kitty murals!

  4. There was a lunar eclipse much later that night which I got to view...a silver lining to insomnia! Those hikes you've been doing look great, the mileage sure qualifies as fitness hikes.

  5. That crested looks like a feather fan dancer!! Gorgeous desert views. Love all the petroglyphs. My daughter would love those kitty pics - what a talented artist!!

  6. Your photo of the moon is outstanding.
    I think the Friday Fitness hikes are excellent. We would love to do these. Pretty educational too.
    I love the murals. Of course as a cat lover, they are beautiful.

  7. You have certainly been the avid hiker during your time in Fountain Hills. Love the AZ desert.

  8. What gorgeous murals!!! Love them!!
    You have really had some informative and beautiful Fitness Hikes!!!

  9. Wow that opening picture of the moon and the next one of the crested are just fantastic. Hardly the same old same old. Your morning hikes look wonderful. How great to have that every week and someone else does the planning. The grating is an interesting way to allow looks but not ventures into the mine. Love Petroglyphs. So nice they have not been vandalized. What a talented Volunteer. Those murals are beautiful and huge. A great addition to the shelter.

  10. Great paintings! So very clever, too.

    Virtual hugs,