Fortunately, we picked a window of time to go for a hike where it just spit on us a little bit. We left Sherman at about 9:50am, and set out to hike the highest mountain overlooking Quartzsite!
There is a little hill right near the town called "Q mountain" because of the huge Q letter that is made with rocks on the side of it. It's really just a hill though, about 200 feet high. We wanted something a little more challenging.
Granite Mountain is 1,677 feet, so taking away the surrounding area's altitude at around 900 feet means that we'd be climbing about 700 feet. Not much really, but enough to give the legs a bit of a workout.
Only problem was, there's no easy route to the top!
Ruth, hiking in the desert.
Looks like it would have been a nice place at some point.
Ruth, starting to gain some altitude.
Quartzsite in the distance.
Lots of interesting cactus.
And another. How does this stuff even grow here?
Starting to get higher. Only problem was, the trail we were on didn't actually lead up the mountain!
This one is interesting. With two tiny flowers on it.
I bet the bird on top had to pick his landing spot carefully!
No more trail. Just scrambling over the loose rocks. It was pretty steep in places!
Many RV's parked in the desert!
The view from the top. The hill on the right is the much more popular Q mountain.
Kevin, at the top. Of course I'm not the first person up here, but it's certainly not climbed very often. Some very steep sections, and no actual trail.
Zoomed in on Sherman, parked right in the center of the picture.
This is a pretty one.
We made it back from our hike at 12:15pm, so we were gone almost two and a half hours. We probably only did about 4 miles (6 kms) but most of the time was spent on the steep part of the mountain.
We had made arrangements with Kenny and Angela from RV Life is Good to go for lunch, and we were just in time because they were picking us up around 12:30pm! Hopped in their truck with them, and we were off to Silly Al's for pizza. They had their friends Rob and Cindy holding a table for us because it's a pretty popular place.
Kevin, Kenny, Angela, Rob, Cindy, and Ruth.
Somehow the talk got on to birthdays and it turns out the the three guys have their birthdays February 5th, 7th, and 9th. How funny is that?!
We had a great visit with them and it was a good way to spend time together on a rainy afternoon in the desert.
Thanks to the person who bought five jars of honey through our Amazon links yesterday. It looks delicious!