Day 1147 – Imperial National Wildlife Refuge

David started the day with a walk on his favorite trail here in the LTVA, and I caught up on yesterday’s post, and messaged with Hannah.

After breakfast, Kathie, David and I loaded up into the CRV and headed to the Painted Desert trail in the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge, which is just on the other side of the Yuma Proving Grounds.  A 1.3-mile self-guided trail, it is an opportunity to see desert plants and wildlife, and goes through a rainbow of colors left by 30,000 year-old volcanic activity and features a panoramic view of the Colorado River valley.

Parking Area
Parking Area

We were the only car in the lot.

Trail Markings
Trail Markings

The trail is clearly marked.

Ironwood
Ironwood

It was a lovely hike.

Looking for Wildlife
Kathie Looking for Wildlife

From the hike brochure: “Twenty to thirty million years ago, volcanic eruptions of viscous, hot lava and ash dominated this region and created the landscape you see today.  Named for the multicolored mounds that surround you, the Painted Desert Trail is comprised of rocks tinted by minerals.  Iron creates the rusty color, for example, while copper appears green.”

Multicolored Landscape
Multicolored Landscape

The rock formation in our featured photo is a hoodoo.  This natural column of rock was created by water eroding from several directions.

More Landscape Views
More Landscape Views

When we came out of the trail, this was waiting for us.  This one is for you, JT:

For our buddy, JT
For our buddy, JT

We had passed a sign for the Visitors Center, so we went back to visit it after the hike.  It had an observation tower where you could look for wildlife around the Colorado River.

Kathie Observing
Kathie Observing

We then drove through the “town” of Martinez Lake, which turned out to be a real hodge-podge of RV’s, boats, very vintage trailers, and crazy-fancy houses.  Fisher’s Landing RV is listed as a Resort, but I think they prove that the term is overused.  The roads were not paved, let along RV-friendly.  There were dry camping areas for $5/day, but I do not think I would drive my rig that far on a dirt road just to dry camp.

Once we returned to the RV, we turned on the Super Bowl.  I streamed it on my laptop, which was plugged into the TV via an HDMI cable, since we cannot access local stations from our location.  After the Super Bowl, (which, really – that last play call by the Seahawks was just dumb) we watched the replay of the men’s final of the Australian Open.  All of us knew the result ahead of time, but it was good to see it from the tie breaker to the end of the match.

Tomorrow will be busy getting Kathie’s rental trailer ready for return.  Her visit with us has gone by too quickly.  Maybe her East Coast trip will be delayed due to weather on Tuesday.

I’m glad that we could have this chat,

Nancy

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