Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday Safari - Ron Coleman Trail (Franklin Mountains)

Hello from the hermit writer…

After a cold, a sinus infection, bronchitis and bad weather, I haven't been out for a hike forever and it's been driving me nuts. The wind was gusting 60 miles an hour on the summit, but I got out today, by darn. Hope you enjoy my pix from Ron Coleman Trail, off I-375 through the Franklin Mountains.

Nice of them to include half-mile markers

Wish I could get some of these boulders into my MIL's front yard. They'd look cool.

Boy! That peak is way up there.

Amazing a desert with an average of -200 percent humidity could have so much lichen on the rocks. I think it's pretty

I like rocks almost as much as I like trees. (I miss trees. Not many out here. I get a shiver when I see one *smile*)

Getting closer to the peak

Time to rest and turn, that's pretty

Looking west across the most western point of Texas, into New Mexico

Facing north west, and New Mexico.

 I made the peak (sort of...I'm not crossing the saddle to go up there).

Facing south. Edge of El Paso, with the haze of the dust storm over Juarez, Mexico. Can't see the mountains south of JZ because of the sand in the air.

I like rocks.

Outcroppings have neat rocks.

Facing south, southwest. Overlooks part of TX, NM, and Mexico

Couple of nice chucks of rock.

Yep. This old man made it up there.

When my knees recover, I'll take the southern trail up.

Have a great week!


  1. Beautiful! I'm SO envious. Sunshine. You have sunshine. I think I've forgotten what that's like. Whenever I got out I still have to bundle up so much I look like a snowman. (laugh)

    Ah well, Spring is in the air ... at least that's what I tell myself. ;)

  2. I wonder if we shared the same wind- that was so wicked here that they actually briefly shut my street down! Thanks for the revisit to Red Rock Canyon, (seriously the first few photos are darn near RRC) The sky looks heavenly without a lot of dust specks, so it had to have been good for your body and soul to wander this great neck of the mountains! A total pleasure to catch this- it's been far too long.

  3. Nice pictures! I miss the southwest. Lived in Arizona for a little over a year (got married there, too) and liked it. After seeing all this snow so late in the year, wishing we had retired there now!

  4. Wow, I am madly in love with this post!! Rocks and the desert all in one! Awesome blossom. Oh and I'm here to invite you to my luau. While you wrote number 19 or 20, I just finished my first one about Hawaii! Since you're one of my followers I wanted to invite you over for a Mai Tai recipe!