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TR
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3/5/2013
TR
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Well I went for a two day hike of the Inner Pasture. It was my first foray into the desert since I was hospitalized in the end of November / beginning of December. I chose the Inner Pasture purposely because it is such a gradual rise in elevation. I thought with my weight loss of 60 pounds, and my daily workout on the Total Gym, I was ready for it. That’s what I get for doing my own thinking.
I got out there Saturday morning, to a bright cloudless sky. I strapped on my 26 pound pack. That’s 16 pounds of equipment, and 10 pounds of water. Set my GPS, and activated my SPOT, so my wife can keep track of me, and set off.
I first came upon one of Daren’s water caches. Looks like this one is going to need refilled.



The desert is on the verge of blooming. A Chuperosa in bloom.



I have no idea what this is.






A cactus ready to bust out blooming all over.



Octillo



The openning of the canyon to the Inner Pasture.



I seemed to be hiking pretty slowly, even for me. I check my watch and the GPS, and I discovered that it had taken me an hour and a half to hike a little more than half a mile. I figured that I had two and a half miles to go to the Inner Pasture. I was exhausted, and more than a little disgusted with myself for being so out of condition. All that work on the Total Gym did nothing for my stamina and endurance. And I was planning on doing the Grand Canyon in April. I decided it would be prudent just to turn around and hike back to the LandCruiser. A lot of thing were going through my head on the way back. Not the least of which was, I was 60 years old and maybe it's time to give up the dream. I was even thinking that REI had the annual Used Gear Sale in a couple weeks, and I have a lot of really good, light weight equipment I could sell.

On the way back I ran into a couple of Border Patrol agents who were out looking for aliens in distress. They ask me if I had seen anybody. But I hadn't. By the time I got back to the LandCruiser, things looked brighter. I pledged to work on my endurance, and keep on hiking.

So the next day I went out towards the Salton Sea. I got off at Fonts Point because I always heard about it, but had never been there. There's a natural arch about in the center of this picture. Does any one know anything about this?





It was a really awsome view. I imagine I'm the last person to go up there, but if not it's worth it.
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surfponto
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3/5/2013
surfponto
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Thanks for the update TR.
Sorry you were a little disappointed on your hike but luckily the desert season is just starting (unless you are Daren) smile and you will have a lot more opportunities for some great hikes.
I like the shot off Fonts point. I haven't been there in a very long time and your pic makes me want to check it out again.

Not sure on the arch. Maybe someone else on the forum know something about it?

Bob


TR wrote:
Well I went for a two day hike of the Inner Pasture. It was my first foray into the desert since I was hospitalized in the end of November / beginning of December. I chose the Inner Pasture purposely because it is such a gradual rise in elevation. I thought with my weight loss of 60 pounds, and my daily workout on the Total Gym, I was ready for it. That’s what I get for doing my own thinking.
I got out there Saturday morning, to a bright cloudless sky. I strapped on my 26 pound pack. That’s 16 pounds of equipment, and 10 pounds of water. Set my GPS, and activated my SPOT, so my wife can keep track of me, and set off.
I first came upon one of Daren’s water caches. Looks like this one is going to need refilled.



The desert is on the verge of blooming. A Chuperosa in bloom.



I have no idea what this is.






A cactus ready to bust out blooming all over.



Octillo



The openning of the canyon to the Inner Pasture.



I seemed to be hiking pretty slowly, even for me. I check my watch and the GPS, and I discovered that it had taken me an hour and a half to hike a little more than half a mile. I figured that I had two and a half miles to go to the Inner Pasture. I was exhausted, and more than a little disgusted with myself for being so out of condition. All that work on the Total Gym did nothing for my stamina and endurance. And I was planning on doing the Grand Canyon in April. I decided it would be prudent just to turn around and hike back to the LandCruiser. A lot of thing were going through my head on the way back. Not the least of which was, I was 60 years old and maybe it's time to give up the dream. I was even thinking that REI had the annual Used Gear Sale in a couple weeks, and I have a lot of really good, light weight equipment I could sell.

On the way back I ran into a couple of Border Patrol agents who were out looking for aliens in distress. They ask me if I had seen anybody. But I hadn't. By the time I got back to the LandCruiser, things looked brighter. I pledged to work on my endurance, and keep on hiking.

So the next day I went out towards the Salton Sea. I got off at Fonts Point because I always heard about it, but had never been there. There's a natural arch about in the center of this picture. Does any one know anything about this?





It was a really awsome view. I imagine I'm the last person to go up there, but if not it's worth it.


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ziphius
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3/5/2013
ziphius
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Don't give up TR! You will gradually work your way up to it. Where were the Border Patrol? At the mouth of mile 41 canyon that leads to Inner Pasture at S2? "A 1,000 mile journey begins with one step."

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anutami
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3/5/2013
anutami
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Looks like the desert is ready to pop!!! I am hoping for a rainout with tee ball this weekend so I can get out. I feel your pain on being out of shape!!! Hang in there, the beauty and solitude of ABDSP in something impossible to turn your back on.
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3/6/2013
dsefcik
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I always enjoy your humorous reports TR..thanks!

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AdventureGraham
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3/18/2013
AdventureGraham
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Great trip report and don't give up. With myself I just gotta keep my expectations realistic to avoid disappointment, but it still happens sometimes.
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