Saturday, May 13, 2017

Deadhorse Ranch State Park - Tavasci Marsh Trail

Mallard at Tavasci Marsh near Cottonwood, AZ.
 Blue Heron at Tavasci Marsh north of Cottonwood, AZ.
Jerome, Arizona from Dead Horse State Park north of Cottonwood, Arizona.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Courthouse Butte Bell Rock Loop Trail

We hiked this on Friday afternoon:

A female Phainopepla

Parson's Spring Trail - Near Cottonwood, AZ

From yesterday's hike on the Parson's Spring trail.

My friend Wayne at the trailhead looking at the trail map.
 On the trail.
Summer Spring pool along the trail.

 Phainopepla male[lower] and female upper.

The must be from BEFORE I fell in the creek...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Jerome, AZ Copper Mine

Looking down a mine shaft at Jerome,AZ. Copper was discoverd here in about 1876 and actively mined until the 1930's then again during WWII until the early 1950's.

Below is a view of the town of Jerome, AZ from the Tuzigoot National Monument to the east:

Saturday, May 6, 2017

North Fortuna Summit

On Thursday my friend David and I hiked up North Fortuna Summit in San Diego's Mission Trails Park. It was a bit over 6.3 miles of pretty good trail but mostly pretty steep.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ternwatcher 2017

This morning I did my 1st Ternwatcher shift of the season from 8-10am at Mariner's Point on Mission Bay. After a short visit with Dave from Fish and Wildlife, he makes daily short visits, I settled down for my shift.

There were LOTS of CA Least Terns flying around and occasionally landing who looked like they wanted to drop an egg... but I didn't see any who actually did that. Dave said there were in fact some active nests with eggs in them but I was never able to spot them.

I also saw a flock of brown pelicans fly over, a horned lark, some house finches, and two western gulls.

Learn more about California Least Terns at:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Laguna Meet-up

 On Tuesday afternoon I met up with cousin Aric Attebery at the Burnt Rancheria CG near Mt Laguna an hour east of San Diego. Aric was on day three of his months long hike to the Canadian Border on the Pacific Crest Trail.
After hiking with Aric for awhile in the morning I spent the afternoon on a bird hike in Laguna Meadows. Pictured at the left is Big Laguna Lake which has been nearly dry in the past because of the drought. It's nice to see it almost full to the brim. The birds I saw included: stellar jay, red tailed hawk, eared grebe, raven, robin, acorn woodpecker, ruddy duck, and a phainapepala.

This is Little Laguna Lake which has been COMPLETELY dry in the years that I've lived here.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Pacific Crest Trail Hike Launch

 On Sunday I met up with cousin Aric Aterbery with his parents PJ and Craig for Aric's send off on through-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, 2650 miles, to the Canadian border. The pic shows Aric's start at the Mexican border.
 The official send-off comittee L to R:
Me, Craig[holding Zee], Aric, PJ.
 Headed up the beginning of the PCT.
 Aric and PJ.
This is one of the three "surprises" we saw in just a half hour but Aric says he didn't see anymore for the rest of the day.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jungle Tiger

Jungle Tiger author, Mark Rainbolt, was my neighbor and I read his book shortly before his death in 2014. I thought it was a terrific book and fortunately I had the chance to tell him so before he died.

I'm pretty sure he and I were on opposing sides of the political spectrum but I always found him to be an interesting and articulate person to talk with on any subject. Jungle Tiger shows that he could write as well as he spoke. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

La Jolla Seawatch Birdwalk

The coolest bird I saw this morning on the San Diego Audubon seawatch bird walk at La Jolla Cove was the Pelagic Cormorant.
[Wikipedia pic]

See the full list at:
Joe's Ebird list...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Oatman, Arizona

Yesterday day I went to Oatman with my brother Dave and his wife Jan. Oatman is an old mining boom town that was resurrected by Rout 66 road traffic after it's early hay-day in the early 20th Century.
The donkeys are descended from the original donkeys that worked in the local mines. Their ancestors were turned loose when the mines shut down. They REALLY liked the carrots I brought to feed to them. Here one of them is disappointed that I've run out. Sorry bud...

Friday, January 27, 2017

Stevenson Canyon Hike & Bike

Yesterday afternoon I biked up to San Diego's Stevenson Canyon for a hike. The trail's only about a mile long and has to be done as an out-and-back hike on the same trail. See the trail profile below... it's not a hard trail. 

Stevenson Canyon Trail Profile

Up near the trailhead the trail and the creek are one.

Then it widens out into a broader canyon. There's a water and sewer main running the length of the valley and a primitive road that is the hiking trail.

While this MAY be public land I don't this it's a designated park.

Stevenson Canyon Bike Rout - 17 miles

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

San Clemente/Rose Canyon Hiking Trail

Last Wednesday, January 18th, I rode the bus up to the start of the San Clemente and Rose Canyon hiking trail shown below.

San Clemente Rose CanyonTrail profile

I dropped down into Rose Canyon next to where the railroad tracks cross under Genesee Ave at the beginning of the 4 1/2 mile hike

The trail is fairly flat and easy to follow.

Just beyond the midpoint of the hike the trail crosses under Hwy 52 close to the railroad tracks. The Mid-Coast Trolley line is under construction here.

Though it wasn't marked very well  when I did the hike this portion of the trail isn't technically open. But I did manage to get through. 

The hike really ended for me here at Marian Bear Natural Park. It's possible to continue on back to Genesee Ave and I-805 if your up for it. I wasn't able to flag down a bus on Regents Road so walked up to the bus stop on Luna Ave.
 For a similar post about a similar hike I did back in 2013 see: