Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Late Afternoon Exploring & Few More Trains



                                       I find very few dirt roads non appealing.


       First off I would like to thank everyone that viewed my last post!   And there were a lot of you.  That makes me smile.  ;)  That Exploring *About the train engines* Arizona blog page alone already has over 700 views and it has not been up more than a week yet.  I have been working on getting off my butt -and Exploring, taking pictures, and promoting this page---usually in that order.   But all those views makes me wish to post more!   Today I had a rare Tuesday off work---even more rare since we were just closed down for four days over Easter, and than I worked Monday and, Bam got another day off work.  Today was going to be about running errands with my beautiful wife, but she was feeling sickly.  I don't sit around the house well, and around one in the afternoon I grabbed my camera and jumped in our vehicle.  After I got all those pictures of the train engines last week, I quickly returned to I-10 and zoomed back towards home.  But while nearing the highway on ramp, I noticed the road I was on continued into the distance and was paved.    This afternoon that is were I returned.  To Explore where that road would take me.  Again thank you for being a reader!   And please share -- share  -- share this link if you like what you see here!    Also my long time personal blog page has lots to offer from Exploring, to more of my personal pictures, to gallons of coffee love.  And I usually update it more often than this blog page.   Check it out:  www.wyomingjack.blogspot.com



   Off I-10 just past the Marsh Station exit, there are a few blog posts on this very page that start around Marsh Station.   Heading towards Benson or Texas, the next exit is Empirita Road.   At the above sign   if you venture right   it soon dead ends or you end up back on the interstate.  Today took us to the left.  And  it starts as a well maintained oil/asphalt road.  Just past the large boarder patrol tower it turns dirt road, but is still nicely maintained.  With few washboards    at least on this day.  


Another long set of train engines.  


I actually missed the exit today   
and ventured just up the road to the Marsh Station exit to loop back around. 






Here even the desert plants tell you what way to go. 
Just past the above pictured road sign. 



View from my parking spot today.



   I actually strayed away from the private property on this fine day.    Although I was very curious what this ranch might look like.      Just to the left of this was a main dirt road, less restricted, but rough enough looking I did not want to drive any further.  Plus I needed to Explore.  


Cheater cattle guard walkway cover.
For weenies.  


In case your not fully sure what a cattle guard is for.




       Speaking of cattle, I soon got bored of the main road and ventured on some well worn cattle trails through the brush.   At one point these went through river run offs, and on the way back I may have lost my way for a little while.  ;)   I knew were my vehicle was and were I wanted to be, but the cow trails were running out and I have issues walking through open desert --especially when tall weeds are abound.  Mainly that I deathly afraid of snakes.  In all my Exploring of Arizona --both times we have lived here I have seen surprisingly few snakes.  And I am just fine with that.   I also wish I had pictures from all of our Exploring when we lived in the beautiful state before.  But since I try to keep this page very up to date, and that was years ago, we will just have to Explore all these areas again!  At the point of being lost, I was also fearing I was nearing the ranch property and true ranchers like there privacy and shoot with great accuracy.  Just sayin'








I thought this was a very kool old tree!




I am always surprised this time of year how green the desert really is. 



View of part of the ranch    from very far away.
I just have a good zoom on my camera. 


    This is all I have to share today.  I got a late start on my Exploring today, and it was rather warm out.  I really did not notice this until I was lost.  I hope you enjoyed!

       Next Exploring blog post we make a splash down by the San Pedro River.  Which was just a trickle of water.  But still water in the desert.  It amazes me how much area this river curves and wanders around on it's way to the Gulf of Mexico.  





As always

HAPPY TRAILS!!











Sunday, April 16, 2017

All Aboard For More Exploring Arizona!



            Hello fellow readers and those that love to Explore Arizona in person or from your computer chair!   I have had the last few days off of work for a mini and much needed Easter break, and have had some time to Explore and get new pictures.   Now to find time to post.  Please check out all the posts on this very page--and share the link if you enjoy!!   For more pictures and Exploring of all kinds, please check out my longest running blog page     www.wyomingjack.blogspot.com    I usually explain where I am better than I will in tonight's post.  Mostly because I am fairly sure I was not supposed to be in this area.  I am also not sure of the smartness of posting this one.  But anyone that drives on I-10 between Tucson and Benson, Tombstone, and beyond knows where I am talking about.  There is several stretches of rail road tracks full of just mighty train engines.  Joined together - easily 300 train engines.  It is quite a sight to see, even at highway speeds mainly because of the amount of engines here.  They have been sitting here for over a year now.  And I have yet to learn why they are just sitting there--although I have received many answers to this question.  I fail to believe any of them.  From our past president ruining the economy, mainly the rail economy to the are to old to run anymore.  Kind of like all the stories I have heard about the large white blimp that flies over Sierra Vista on most non windy days in the spring and summer.   It even flies its way into locally shot movies.   But the stories about what it really is, beyond a blimp are interesting, but probably just a load of hot air.  


As I above stated-I am not sure were I was on this day.



I believe not much could be finer than a set of rail road tracks to follow on a hot spring or summer day.  


Is it just me or does the D stand for Duuuuuh!
As in keep of the tracks  Duuuuh!





        A few days ago I decided to venture onto the property and get several pictures.  First let me show y'all my three favorite shots from the day.   I pictured these first on my other blog page, before explaining any background on the adventure.  The second picture I sent to my boss---and she replied with  "Does this mean you are calling out from work tonight?".....







Dear train police   I do not know whom this stranger is above that took my camera to take these pictures of himself---as in this is not what I look like.   Thank you for your
time.  











Old set of tracks below I-10



The surrounding mountains make a perfect backdrop.



You can just make out several of the other engines here. 
There are easily 300 in this area. 




Each of these machines are amazing beasts.
What I wouldn't give to be able to start one up.
The only thing that might have been kooler to me
is if some cabooses could be found here. 
I always thought buying an old caboose and turning it into an office would be amazing. 








   On the wall in the picture just above.  On this day I was more worried about the train police watching.  And how close I was to the interstate.  And the tower with cameras for the boarder patrol.    A strong reason no pictures show me on top of any of the engines, although I really wished to get a shot or two from on top one.  I figured staying on the ground would keep me out of handcuffs.









More of the train bridge. 




I may have went crazy with the pictures.  
But I was having fun.








I became a little more relaxed once I spotted spray paint on almost every engine.
Some of it was quite impressive though for sure.





Spotted on the way back to our vehicle.  
Kind of applies for the trains and for the traffic up above. 


Next Exploring post our youngest and Shadow my puppy Explore the San Pedro River. 

As always

HAPPY TRAILS!!