Saturday, February 19, 2011


Eric and I left the trail head about 8:45AM.  We made our way up High Drive and then took the twilight canyon trail.   This is a pretty decent incline for about 2/miles.  We made our way up twilight and then lower Captain Jacks and then the upper Captain Jacks and then down 666.

I only got a few pictures today but the ones I did get seemed to come out very nicely.    We found a Blue Jay, Chipmunk and a Toe head.  Not sure what the Chipmunk was munching on  but he looked happy

We logged just a little over 8/miles today.   Not sure about Eric but I ended up with a pretty nice sunburn.

Most of the trails were icy and in some sections we were in about 8/inches of snow.  We only came across a couple of other hikers today, most of them on 666 on our way down.

Happy Hiking!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Out & Back

I took today off as a Holiday day.  Our company is closed on Monday but I will be working a trade show down in Orlando so took my day today!   I left the house around 7:40AM and headed down the street.     You know you are in trouble when the deer are at your door looking for food.   I came across this deer standing on the front porch of the neighbor’s house.  I guess he/she was looking for an invite to come in and eat.

I worked my way up the Bear Creek Trail up the GCR.  Just about at the top of the trail I came across some poor bastard who I am guessing slept out in the cold last night.   He was lying off to the side of the trail with a little motor scooter.   I scared him up as I went by, he moved and mumbled something.  That’s answer the question why I at times hike with a gun.

After making the loop by the creek I started my way back up.   This section was very icy and took me some time to navigate up the hill.   I made it and once I was about to the top I came across an old man who apparently slipped on the ice and was sitting on the ground on his butt.

I helped him up and suggested that he not go down that way as the rest of the trail was covered with ice.  He agreed and so we walked up the rest of the way and chatted for a few minutes.   I then took my trail to head back home and he went another way.

Got a few nice pictures today and need to start packing for my trip as well as laying out my clothes for tomorrow’s hike.

Happy Hiking!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Red Rock Canyon

This morning Eric and I went and did a quick 3.9/miles in the Red Rock Canyon area. I have to say that this is one of my favorite places to go. It is not difficult and very little elevation climbs but the scenery is beautiful.

I had the camera with me and was able to snag some great pictures. I spotted a small woodpecker and a robin hanging in the trees. They were enjoying the great weather that we had today.

It was in the low 50’s and really made for an enjoyable outing. This is one of the first trips that Eric has made with me and I think he really enjoyed himself.

Happy Hiking

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Making Tracks

We had a little snow last night, maybe about two inches. I headed out about 6:30AM to do a quick loop up and around GCR. Since I was the first one on the trail no one had a chance to ruin the animal tracks. I was amazed at all the tracks that I came across today. I came across Rabbit, Deer, Coyote, Raccoon and also what I think were Mountain Lion tracks. The Mountain Lion tracks were actually a pair. It was a little scary as I wondered if I was going to come across them.

The most tracks that I had seen were raccoon. They must have been out in full force last night as there were tracks all over from them.

It was snowing once I reached GCR and actually made the hike even more enjoyable. On the way down I had the wind and snow in my face so I quickened my step to get back. All in all ended up with just a little over 5/miles.