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looking for desert flowers, 2020 edition...

The forecast for today was about 76F, clear, but rain-showers commencing overnight tonight and for the next several days, so I grabbed my camera, suited-up, then rolled BIG RED out of the garage and headed S and E (at least - INITIALLY!).

Along the Florence-Kelvin Hwy I saw 'flowers' but not yet the massive amounts I've seen in other years, so I continued E, then N to the Ray Mine (still on "strike" for several months) where I had a lunch snack, then on to Superior where I gassed up (BIG RED got 54.4 mpgUS for that tank full), then continued W past Picket Post Mtn to AZ 79, then S, and back home.

W/out further ado - some pics (for you winter shut-ins to chase away the "blues"):

IMG_0342 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

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This is what a "dry wash" looks like....

IMG_0344 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

and this is a "past its prime" saguaro cactus.

IMG_0345 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

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IMG_0347 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

There's a ranch NEAR here called "THE BOULDERS"

IMG_0348 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

IMG_0349 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

IMG_0350 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

IMG_0351 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

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And some MORE pics...

IMG_0352 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

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It was getting on to lunch time, so I stopped (as usual!) at the Ray Mine which has been on strike for quite awhile, then took these pics at the N end.

IMG_0361 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

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When I filled up in Superior, I got even BETTER gas mileage than my usual 50 mpgUS - 54.4 mpgUS! Here's pics of the ODO, and the gas pump....

IMG_0364 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

IMG_0366 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

and here's the mileage from home to there, via the Florence-Kelvin Hwy.

IMG_0365 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

Just W is Picket Post Mtn

IMG_0367 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

then the view of Phoenix area from Gonzales Pass



and more flowers

IMG_0368 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

IMG_0369 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

Pretty nice ride for ONLY

IMG_0370 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

SUNNY Arizona miles!

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Greats pics, Eddie. I recently moved to Estrella Mountains. The mountains are very green. Hopefully, the expected rain will encourage some wild flowers to begin growing out here.

It's been swell, but the swelling has gone down.
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Greats pics, Eddie. I recently moved to Estrella Mountains. The mountains are very green. Hopefully, the expected rain will encourage some wild flowers to begin growing out here.
Thanks - the MOST flowers I've seen in "an area" has to be down near the Coolidge Dam off AZ 70, SE of Globe. Hope to do a ride down that way once the weather improves again.


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Thanks - the MOST flowers I've seen in "an area" has to be down near the Coolidge Dam off AZ 70, SE of Globe. Hope to do a ride down that way once the weather improves again.

Well, if you were to make that run on either a Saturday or Sunday. I'd take off early and meet you and make a day out of it.

It's been swell, but the swelling has gone down.
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Thanks Eddie.........Saturday was 77 degree here and I got out for an 80 mile ride........lot of sand on the roads. Today it didn't get out of the thirties and it's supposed to snow tonight.....
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Love spring time and all the wild flowers.

Here are some from down in Baja.
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Love spring time and all the wild flowers.

Here are some from down in Baja.
BEAUTY pic Tim!!!

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I'll keep an eye on the weather, and get back to you!
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Beautiful. Iím jealous. Enjoy!

With all the pollution and climate change, what kind of world will we leave Keith Richards?
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