Pattison on Wheels

Friday, February 22, 2008

2-19-08: A Little Hike

Today (2-19-08) I took a little hike up the wash. It was overcast so I didn’t worry about the sun. I took some nice shots of butterflies and was wandering up the wash when I realized it didn’t really go anywhere and was too close to the highway for my taste. So I looked up the ridge and remembered seeing some people hiking up there a couple days ago. I don’t know if they had some easier route than scrabbling up the slope the way I did. I definitely overdid it. I was pretty wobbly by the time I got to the top and had fallen a couple times. The rock was very soft and sometimes would just break apart when you stepped on it or tried to use it as a handhold. The vultures were coming down when I rested under the shade of a giant saguaro cactus.

I got some nice photos of the bay and the beach. I was completely wiped out when I got back. My little hike had lasted from noon until five. I drank a lot of water, ate some salted peanuts, a banana, took an aspirin, and went to the restaurant for a nice fish dinner. I thought I would just go crash out afterwards but I kept busy for hours possibly somewhat feverish from dehydration.