When the group queued up at Essex Friday morning, we could see the storm clouds gathering in the West. All day we were just ahead of the storm that had miraculously dumped the desert temps by 20 degrees or more. Turned out, we were soooo lucky, as of this writing (just a week later) the temperature on our patio has climbed to 106 degrees.
Our hikes to Honeymoon Spring (little bit of water) and Granite Tanks (lotta water!) were much more enjoyable in the cooler weather. After crossing the Ward Valley, we made quick stops at the Edna Lode, the Gold Ace Mine, the Big Chief Mine and the Shirley Anne Mine. We also visited other digs and habitation sites before our rush to Happy Hour over Eagle Pass.
Many thanks to Mignon Slentz for sharing her chocolate-peanut butter "wonder bars" with everyone at lunch. Also, many thanks to Mike Vollmert, Jeff Lipari and Ron Lipari for sweeping the entire trip. Lastly, thanks to those who joined us on this adventure including Nancy Maclean, Ron Ross, Terry and Eileen Ogden, Neal and Marian Johns, Mal Roode, Daniel Dicks and Bobbi Sanchez, Nelson Miller, Bill and Barbara Gossett, Debbie and Steve Marschke, Jim Watson with friend Julie, and Sunny and Jean Hansen. What a great group to travel with!