Sunday, January 27, 2019

Hieroglyphics Trail


We hiked the Hieroglyphic Trail in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona.


I had to get a pic of this cool looking cactus.  Did Howard photo bomb me?


Looking back at the parking lot from the trail you can see the "Silly Mountain" in the background.  Later on, Howard and I had a Cigar on top of the lower peak on the right hand side of that mountain. 


Looking up the mountain from early on the trail.  Can you see the balancing rock at the top on the right center?


I better view of the balancing rock from further up the trail.


We encountered this little ponds that are filled by the Hieroglyphic Spring.


Another pond.


Amazing Hieroglyphics


How old are this Hieroglyphs?


So many Hieroglyphs.


Many symbols seem to be describing a hunt.


More Hieroglyphs


What is the squiggly line with the roundish head and the eyes?


Strange drawings


A whole gallery


We took a break from the sun in this boulder covered cave.  Lot's of people enjoying the trail today.


The hike was more of a challenge than we thought it would be and there were so many Hieroglyphs.  We highly recommend hiking the Hieroglyph Trail when you visit Arizona.  

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Aquaman Movie Review


Aquaman
  Agent 54 here again.  Well, it was movie night again and I took my buddies Shamu, Charlie Tuna and Nemo to see the new Aquaman movie.  Flipper had date and met us at the theater with his new girl, Ariel (a.k.a. The Little Mermaid).  After the film we kept our tradition of reviewing it and scoring it as we sat by the pool.  Here’s our review:

Agent 54:  As usual, I’ll start the conversation.  The new Aquaman movie starred Jason Mamoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Willem Dafoe as Vulko and Patrick Wilson as King Orm.  It’s the story of how a half breed Human and Atlantean takes his rightful place as king of Atlantis and saves the world by stopping a war between the people of the sea and the people of the land.  It had lots of very colorful fantasy CGI images as well as some great beach and land scenes.  I’m sure my friends enjoyed this tale from the sea even more than me.

Shamu
Shamu:  Yeah, and it has some great camo performances by the biggest star in the sea,,, namely me.

Flipper:  What !  I had more time on screen than you did.  I got to swim with Aquaman when he was just a kid.

Nemo:  So what!  Neither of you had a line of dialog.  Until you get a speaking part, you got no room to talk.

Shamu:  Shut up!  Nobody likes a bitter-jelly little polka-dot guppy smart-ass who didn’t get hired for the movie.

Nemo:  I’m not polka-dot, I got stripes.

Agent 54:  Knock it off!  Com’on guys.  Were supposed to be friends talking about the movie.

Charlie Tuna
Charlie Tuna:  Those guys got no class and parts of the movie didn’t have none either.  Who’s gonna believe the beautiful Atlanna would fall in love with an ugly old lighthouse keeper?

Ariel:  The lighthouse keeper wasn’t ugly or old when she met him.

Flipper:  Whoa!  You had the hots for the lighthouse keeper?

Ariel:  Well, you were drooling over Mera for the whole movie.

Shamu:  Yeah, that’s Flip. He always goes for the redheads.  Hey, what did Mera say to ya when you tried to talk to her on the set?

Flipper:  She talked to me.

Shamu:  Yeah, what she say?

Ariel:  Yeah, what did she say?

Flipper:  She spoke to me.

Charlie Tuna:  Tell us, for cryin out loud!

Flipper:  Okay, Okay!  She said “I gotta go now”.  

Ariel
Everyone except Ariel has a great laugh for 10 seconds then Agent 54 speaks.

Agent 54:  Alright now, let’s try to focus on the movie.  I enjoyed when Atlanna told Aquaman “The people don’t need a king, they need a hero.”

Charlie Tuna:  My favorite character was Black Manta.  He’s a badass human with a grudge who gets some Atlantean technology.  He’s gonna kick Aquaman’s butt in the sequel.

Shamu:  Man, Charlie, you ain’t got no class, you always rootin for the bad guy.

Nemo:  If you and Flipper had any class you would have gotten speaking rolls in that movie.  The way I saw it, Sharks got all the best rolls for real live marine life.

Mera 
Flipper:  Shamu and I are gonna get speaking rolls in Aquaman II, guaranteed.

Charlie Tuna:  I’ll believe that when I hear it.

Shamu:  Whatever!  You think you funny, don’t you?

Agent 54:  Okay, Okay, Well, that certainly was a spirited, if not insane debate.  I think it’s time to vote while we’re all still friends,,,,sorta.  I give it 5 Starfish.  I really enjoyed the movie.

Shamu:  5 Starfish and you whale turds is just jelly.

Atlanna
Flipper:  5 Starfish, you tell’em, Shamu.

Nemo:  5 Starfish, I never said I didn’t like the movie.

Charlie Tuna:  4 Starfish.

Ariel:  Well, I give it 4 Starfish.  I don’t think Mera is really all that hot.

Agent 54:  So, that’s 28 out of 30 Starfish so, I guess we really enjoyed the film.  We recommend you go see Aquaman with some of your sane friends.



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Friday, December 21, 2018

Usery Mountain Regional Park







































  Agent 54 here again.  I went hiking in the Usery Mountain Regional Park, Arizona.  It was a great day for hiking.  Overcast and not too hot.  The mountain has a band of light colored rock called "Tuff" that can be seen from all over the valley of the sun.  The "Tuff" has a lot of green colored Lichen on it now because we had a lot of rain in October.


I hiked the Vista Trail in the Merkle Hills to start off my day.  You can see the tall buildings of Phoenix in the hazy background.


Looking East, you can see the Superstition Mountains, Lost Dutchman's State Park.


Great view of Pass Mountain from the Vista Trail.


I hiked up the Wind Cave Trail and had lunch in the cave.


After a short hike, I could see my lunch spot.


I heard some rustling in the bushes and then saw a dear pop his head up.  Can you see it in the middle of the picture?


Looking back towards Phoenix from he trail.  You can see Camelback Mountain in the distance on the right side of the picture. 


Getting closer to the Tuff band as I ascend.


The trail goes right up to the Tuff Band and then turns right toward the cave.


My Hockey Walking stick and one of the many small caves in the Tuff band.


Lots of green at this time in the Tuff band.


Looking back at the Tuff band from the edge of the Wind Cave.


Welcome to Wind Cave.  The other sign says "Travel at your own risk beyond this point.


The cave is amazing.  Notice the split rock in the lower right.


Looking to the right from the cave you can see the 70ft fountain in Fountain Hills.


Phoenix and Camelback Mountain from the cave.  The two small buttes on the left side in the distance are in Papago Park. 


Lot's of great views from the cave.


Green plant hanging from the roof of the cave.


Of course I had to hike past the silly sign so I could get this shot of the Superstition mountains.  I was way up near the top the trail was all but gone by now. 


Coming down I took a break in another small cave in the Tuff band.


A Forrest of Saguaro Cactus.  This whole area is part of the Tonto National Forrest.

I had another great day on the mountain.  There were so many wonderful views.  I hope I captured some of the best. 


Saturday, November 24, 2018

San Tan Mountain Regional Park

  Agent 54 here again.  My buddy Howard and I enjoy hiking in the San Tan Mountain Regional Park of Arizona, USA.  I' very thankful that my left knee has healed so well that I can make these hikes again.  I put in a lot of hours of doing therapy exercises to be able to do this.


Standing at the top of the Goldmine Trail on Goldmine Mountain in the park. 


This was way up there.


You can see 4 Peaks and the Superstition Mountains, looking past the valley, through the haze. 


Looking the other way towards Phoenix.  Too much haze to really see the city.


Looking across the valley to the highest peaks of the San Tan Mountain.


We tracked back down to the San Tan and Moonlight Trails to circle the valley.


Looking back at the Goldmine Trail from across the valley.


A southside hill.   Checkout the park at this site:  San Tan Mountain Regional Park


This photo is from the park website.


We hiked the Malpais Trail from the Rock Peak Wash trailhead today (12/1/2018).   This is the Rock Peak from the parking lot.


Rock Peak from the wash.


Clouds came out a little thicker making Rock Peak and two other peaks look a little ominous.


The Malpais Hills


The Malpais Hills have huge shear cliffs.


Looking East at Rock Peak and Malpais Hills from the valley on the Malpais Trail.  We had a rare cool and clouding day in Arizona.  Perfect for hiking.


There was a lot of rain in October and the desert is very green right now.


Agent 54 found a great natural lookout point in front of the shear cliffs of the Malpais Hills.


Howard at our Malpais Trail lunch spot.  Don't let the hat fool you, Agent 54 was not turned into a block of stone.


At a crossroads and heading home.


Howard said we hiked 7.6 miles in 4 hours today.  Time flew by.  It was a terrific day.


Howard and I did another hike of the San Tan Trail on 12/28/18.  It was a cool but, sunny day.


How old is this Petroglyph?


You can see the very steep side of Picacho Peak in the far hazy distance.


Looking back across a Saguaro forest valley, you can see Camelback Mtn. in the distance.