5000-Mile Road Trip 2009


The Great Basin (Basin&Range)

Canyon Country

Kauai, HI 2003&2004

Big Island 2001 &

R & R in Mexico

Awesome Autumn in Arizona

 More Fall Foliage!

Another Autumn 
in Zion NP

Spring in the Arizona Desert

More Desert Spring!

Sunrise, Sunset

Winter Wonderland 

Waters & Summers

More Waterfalls!

Peaks & Canyons

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Ellen Homontowski
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Spring in the Arizona Desert

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Blooms on Black Rock Trail (long loop), White Tank Mountain Regional Park, AZ whitetanks1.jpg (224287 bytes) whitetanks7.jpg (176851 bytes) whitetanks22.jpg (243612 bytes)
California & Mexican Gold Poppies all over! whitetanks3.jpg (217679 bytes) whitetanks6.jpg (223970 bytes) whitetanks17.jpg (248547 bytes)

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Poppies with Brittlebush, Lupine and more (click here for PDF description

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Waterfall at the end of Waterfall Trail, joined from Black Rock Trail, White Tank Mountains, AZ whitetankswaterfall.jpg (178023 bytes)
11 photos (& 1 video clip) from Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Tortuga Trail (crossing Cave Creek) to Elephant Mountain Trail, north of Cave Creek, AZ spurX1.jpg (246574 bytes) spurXcardinal.jpg (201921 bytes)

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Rock dam for crossing Cave Creek (will it ever be this full again?)  spurXcavecreek3.jpg (173498 bytes) spurXcavecreek1.jpg (101453 bytes) spurXcavecreek2.jpg (92586 bytes)
snake1.jpg (246097 bytes) This Rattler just sat there and posed while soaking up the sun on the Tortuga Trail But this guy stuck out his tongue and rattled away (click here for camera media clip) snake2.jpg (207155 bytes)
wmwbloom.jpg (161608 bytes) White Canyon Wilderness, AZ White Canyon Wilderness, AZ wmwblooms.jpg (148984 bytes)
saguflwr.jpg (62766 bytes) Viewing Castle Creek Wilderness near Bumble Bee, AZ Rattlesnake, Four Peaks Wilderness, AZ rattle.JPG (66406 bytes)
sugarloaf1.jpg (128412 bytes) Sugarloaf Mountain, West of Four Peaks Wilderness, AZ Sugarloaf Mountain, West of Four Peaks Wilderness, AZ sugarloaf2.jpg (122389 bytes)
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Early Poppy, and lots of green from '05 rain, McDowell Mountains, AZ

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McDowell Mt's "Tom Thumb" monolith, and the blooms along the trail

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Who does this remind you of? ttmd12.jpg (141725 bytes)

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Viewing Fountain Hills (from Tom Thumb, different peak than below) ttmd7.jpg (91465 bytes)

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Hummingbird at the end of Tom Thumb hike ttmd15.jpg (195662 bytes)
pearblom.jpg (89649 bytes) Pear cactus bloom, McDowell Mountains, AZ Pear cactus bloom, McDowell Mountains, AZ pearflwr.JPG (86596 bytes)
flwrbud.jpg (91084 bytes) McDowell Mountains, AZ More Pear blooms near McDowell Mountains, AZ pearow.jpg (124207 bytes)
StPatFountain.jpg (91422 bytes) From the McDowell Mountains viewing St. Patrick's Day fountain, Fountain Hills, AZ Dog Wash Trail, McDowell Mountains, AZ mcgarden.jpg (164893 bytes)
octillo.jpg (102587 bytes) Ocotillo near McDowell  Mountains, AZ Dog Wash Trail, McDowell Mountains, AZ mctrail2.jpg (195130 bytes)
flwrview.jpg (126130 bytes) Reavis Trail, Superstition Mts., AZ Canyon Lake, Boulder Canyon Trail, Superstition Mts., AZ springcanyon.jpg (135487 bytes)
The following two are on Peralta Road from Gold Canyon, AZ, to the Peralta Trailhead 

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peraltaroad.jpg (125152 bytes) The nine below are on the Lost Dutchman Trail, Superstition Mts.
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From Bluff Spring Trail, a short hike up Terrapin Trail terrapinview.jpg (85594 bytes) weavertip.jpg (124526 bytes) redwhtblu.jpg (195450 bytes)
Back on Bluff Spring Trail, headed towards Peralta Trailhead oddrocks.jpg (99721 bytes) bluffspring.jpg (119425 bytes) bluffspringtrail.jpg (100819 bytes)

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