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    Default Extended Just in Time - Saturday, 4/28 - Sunday, 4/29/18, Chiricahua National Monumen

    Rick’s book gives good information about Chiricahua NM on pgs. 78-80, as part of SST #5.
    Before the kids arrived by van from Tucson we enjoyed a quiet morning in camp.


    Apache Plume


    Desert Penstemon


    Red-shafted Flicker

    Things picked up by noon with a visit to the Visitor Center, group photo at the entrance sign, lunch and setting up camp. They also had plenty of time to be kids, exploring the creek bed and campsites. A lot of these kids have never been camping or spent much time in nature, so the photography angle is as much about taking pictures, as getting outside.


    Kids hanging out

    Late afternoon we, 13 kids and 5 other adults, drove up the 8 mile road for a sunset hike to Sugarloaf Lookout. The hike is 1.9 miles round trip with about a 500 foot elevation gain. All made it to the top with plenty of time to set their cameras for sunset lighting. My photos -


    Sugarloaf Lookout


    Evening light


    Sunset

    An added treat was a full moon to guide us back down in the dark. As a volunteer I took the option of excusing myself from dinner preparation and evening activities and took it easy at my campsite, with my husband.

    On Sunday morning, after helping the kids pack up the camping gear, we headed back up the road for a hike in the Echo Canyon Grottos. The hike is not long, a little over 1 mile round trip, with lots of rock scrambling opportunities. It was fun to watch the kids explore while snapping lots of photos.


    Kids exploring


    View


    Scarlet Hedgehog


    Legs!
    Echo Canyon Grottos

    By 1PM we were back at the parking lot and the kids were on their way back to Tucson. We took advantage of a quiet afternoon and evening, with perfect weather and plenty of birds to enjoy the area.


    Acorn Woodpecker


    Western Tanager

    Wildlife Sightings
    Rock Squirrel
    Least Chipmunk
    Bat

    Yellow-eyed Junco
    Chipping Sparrow
    Lazuli Bunting
    Bridled Titmouse
    Common Poorwill, heard
    Hutton’s Vireo
    Lucy’s Warbler
    Western Tanager
    Wild Turkey
    Bewick’s Wren
    Scott’s Oriole
    Yellow Warbler
    Townsend’s Warbler
    Western Bluebird
    Common Raven

  2. #22

    Default Extended Just in Time - Saturday, 4/28 - Sunday, 4/29/18, Chiricahua National Monumen

    Rick’s book gives good information about Chiricahua NM on pgs. 78-80, as part of SST #5.
    Before the kids arrived by van from Tucson we enjoyed a quiet morning in camp.


    Apache Plume


    Desert Penstemon


    Red-shafted Flicker

    Things picked up by noon with a visit to the Visitor Center, group photo at the entrance sign, lunch and setting up camp. They also had plenty of time to be kids, exploring the creek bed and campsites. A lot of these kids have never been camping or spent much time in nature, so the photography angle is as much about taking pictures, as getting outside.


    Kids hanging out

    Late afternoon we, 13 kids and 5 other adults, drove up the 8 mile road for a sunset hike to Sugarloaf Lookout. The hike is 1.9 miles round trip with about a 500 foot elevation gain. All made it to the top with plenty of time to set their cameras for sunset lighting. My photos -


    Sugarloaf Lookout


    Evening light


    Sunset

    An added treat was a full moon to guide us back down in the dark. As a volunteer I took the option of excusing myself from dinner preparation and evening activities and took it easy at my campsite, with my husband.

    On Sunday morning, after helping the kids pack up the camping gear, we headed back up the road for a hike in the Echo Canyon Grottos. The hike is not long, a little over 1 mile round trip, with lots of rock scrambling opportunities. It was fun to watch the kids explore while snapping lots of photos.


    Kids exploring


    View


    Scarlet Hedgehog


    Legs!
    Echo Canyon Grottos

    By 1PM we were back at the parking lot and the kids were on their way back to Tucson. We took advantage of a quiet afternoon and evening, with perfect weather and plenty of birds to enjoy the area.


    Acorn Woodpecker


    Western Tanager

    Wildlife Sightings
    Rock Squirrel
    Least Chipmunk
    Bat

    Yellow-eyed Junco
    Chipping Sparrow
    Lazuli Bunting
    Bridled Titmouse
    Common Poorwill, heard
    Hutton’s Vireo
    Lucy’s Warbler
    Western Tanager
    Wild Turkey
    Bewick’s Wren
    Scott’s Oriole
    Yellow Warbler
    Townsend’s Warbler
    Western Bluebird
    Common Raven

  3. #23
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    It's good to see children using "real" cameras, as opposed to their phones or iPads. While both of those can take remarkable photos, and I certainly have done that, learning to use settings and so forth is very good for their brain training. Photography as an art form is also something that can and should be taught to children (IMHO).

    That sunset photo of yours is gorgeous.


    Donna

  4. #24

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaR57 View Post
    It's good to see children using "real" cameras
    Donna
    The kids use a Canon Point & Shoot digital camera. I love it when they stop and reset the camera to match the environment. And when, in a 24 hr period, I did not see a phone or IPad in use. Of course it helps that there is ‘no service’ in most of the park;)
    Pat

  5. #25

    Default Extended Just in Time, Monday, April 30. Chiricahua NM - Tucson, AZ

    We enjoyed another quiet morning, with the birds, in camp.


    Hermit Thrush


    Yellow-rumped Warbler

    Next stop - Fort Bowie National Historic Site, which Rick writes about in his book, pps. 77-78. I love this place and today was no different. As I started the walk, 1-1/2 miles into the site, I was amazed with the variety of wildflowers along the way. I think I saw at least 20 different species, the most wildflowers I have seen in SE Arizona during this very dry spring!
    https://www.nps.gov/fobo/index.htm


    Shaggy Dwarf Morning Glory


    Fleabane


    Ft. Bowie cemetery

    Once at the visitor center, I met up with my husband who had driven into the back way, and the shorter walk to the visitor center. It is promoted as the handicap entrance, however anyone can park in the area. It is a shorter walk, but not paved and not wheelchair accessible. There is a number to call from the parking area for assistance, if needed.

    The back road out, meeting up with Apache Pass Road, we saw this Buddhist retreat center. When I got home I looked up the website and found it is open to the public. The cabins look great, and the location certainly is.
    http://diamondmountain.org


    Desert Mountain Retreat Center

    Before you reach Bowie and I-10 is a road we have noticed in the past, but bypassed-Happy Camp Canyon Rd. Recently we learned that there is a picnic and dispersed campground at the end of the road. We drove up and explored the area and will return in the future.
    https://www.blm.gov/visit/indian-bre...ks-picnic-area


    Indian Bread Rocks Recreation Area


    Indian Bread Rocks sign


    Thurber’s Penstemon

    We continued into Bowie and enjoyed lunch at Rafter G’s Cafe. Our plan was to stay out another night, up on Mt Graham, off Rick’s SST #3. It is off US 191, between Safford and Willcox. There is no specific tourist site, just forest. We checked out the campground at 7600 ft, explored a bit higher up the road and determined it was too windy and too cold for another night out. And, we were only 2 hours from home! This storm front brought snow to Central and Northern Arizona.

    Another great trip exploring New Mexico and Arizona. Even though many of the places along the way were repeat visits, Rick’s book added some helpful tips and information. No matter your timeline or travel method his book will enhance your trip immensely! Now, plan your trip!


    Wildlife Sightings
    Rock Squirrel

    Greater Roadrunner
    Chipping Sparrow
    American Robin
    White-breasted Nuthatch
    Acorn Woodpecker
    Mexican Jay
    Common Raven
    Turkey Vulture
    Hermit Thrush
    Hummingbird, unknown

  6. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pmount View Post
    Another great trip exploring New Mexico and Arizona. Even though many of the places along the way were repeat visits, Rick’s book added some helpful tips and information. No matter your timeline or travel method his book will enhance your trip immensely! Now, plan your trip!
    Well said.

    Here are some fuzzy photos from Rick's book event in Las Vegas last night.

    Thanks for the report!

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pmount View Post
    Another great trip exploring New Mexico and Arizona. Even though many of the places along the way were repeat visits, Rick’s book added some helpful tips and information. No matter your timeline or travel method his book will enhance your trip immensely! Now, plan your trip!
    Well said.

    Here are some fuzzy photos from Rick's book event in Las Vegas last night.

    Thanks for the report!

    Mark

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