We leave at 6:30 just before the sun rise, my favorite part of the day. I love the calm before people begin to stir. We head down the street and settle into a groove when all of a sudden frumph...frumph…frumph. What the…? Sounds like someone has a flat. No, two flats and the driver isn’t even going to stop to take care of it. He just keeps driving along on the rims. I’ve seen many strange sights while running; like the absent minded person who had a gas hose dangling from the side of his car.
mistletoe hanging from the branches. This symbol of Christmas is actually a parasite that plagues deciduous trees.
After three hours of running I make my way home where I drop off the dogs and head into the “lifeless” desert. I’m on my way to South Franklin Peak (6,791’ elev.) about seven miles from my home. I run through my neighborhood to my favorite trail and immediately see a bunch of beautiful yellow wildflowers. It’s not easy bending over after running 17 miles (especially at my age), but I need to get some macro shots of these blossoms. OK, back on my feet and I’m off again.
I’m able to get most of the way down until I get to a pitch that is too high. I search and find a crack that I can shimmy down and then jump the rest of the way. I finally reach the road at Smugglers Gap and continue to the summit trailhead.
Window of the Ron Coleman Trail. I’ll have to save that for another day as I need to make my way back down now.
As you can see the desert is full of surprises. You may not see them from your car, but get outside and look a little closer. You will like what you find. See you on the trail.
Mexican Gold Poppies
Gordon's Bladderpod Lesquerella gordonii
Shaggy Stenandrium (Stenandrium barbatum)
Blackfoot daisy Melampodium leucanthum
Rose Vervain (Verbana canadensis)
Yellow Stick-Leaf M.reverchonii
If you can identify any of these flowers please comment.