Mojave Snowbird Trip – Tank Arch

I am camped on King Road which continues up the hill from my site and through a gap in the mountains to the east, I had to see where it went.

As I drove through the gap I happened to look over at exactly the right moment to see a tiny arch high on the ridge

Tiny Arch Tiny Arch Closeup Desert Range

I drove about 10 miles east of the tiny arch on King Road but it crosses a large expanse of flat and fairly featureless desert so I turned back. This area is marked on the map as part of the Yuma Testing Grounds used for live fire but I don’t think they use it any more as all the signs were covered up. On the western side of US95 there are signs on every road telling you to get a range pass before entering.

Discovered Arch

When I was exploring the area for camp site possibilities I noticed a small road heading south just before the gap so I decided that would be a good place for a walk with Biff today. We walked down the road then took a detour to avoid a camper and there it was, another arch!

Tiny Arch

This one looked like it might be accessible.

Tiny Arch

Climbing up to the arch I came across this cactus growing out of the vertical face of rock.

Tiny Arch

Almost there.

Tiny Arch

Since it’s not marked on the map I’ll call it Biff Arch

Tiny Arch

Rare selfie, getting a bit shaggy after a couple of weeks on the road.

Tiny Arch

Looking back the way we came.

Tiny Arch

Last view of the arch, the angle of the canyon on the other side made it invisible from that direction.

Tiny Arch

The way down from the arch, it was a bit of scramble in places.

Tiny Arch

Lots of desert flowers in bloom.

Tiny Arch

An Ocotillo sprouting leaves, they pop out of the stems after a rain and fall off as the area dries out.

Tiny Arch

Looking back at the exit canyon, the arch is in the shadow in the middle of the picture.

Mojave Snowbird Trip – Wet Desert

The forecast couldn’t make its mind up over the last few days, would there be rain, when, maybe…

It did start to rain at sunset on the 14th and rained lightly on and off all night, I awoke to a very different desert

Foggy Sonoran Desert

The rain got harder as the morning went on, judging by the amount in the cup holders of the cooler we got about 3/4″ (great rain gauge!)

View from the caravan door after the fog cleared.
My ditch scheme worked quite well.
Perhaps I should have extended the ditches a little further.

The rain slowed down later in the afternoon so it was time to go for a walk.

Quite a lot of water about and some nice little streams flowing, Biff seemed bemused by it all and sat down several times requiring a biscuit to move again.
You could almost hear the desert plants sucking up the moisture.
Some nice flowers about

The rain stopped while we were walking and by sunset the desert had returned to sunshine, we are promised sun and a high of 68F tomorrow.