Pay Dirt and Moths

Leaving the Santa Rita mountains behind

Met a very cool fellow named Ron Parry yesterday. He’s an academic guy who studies moths in SW New Mexico. He’s identified 500 species in his area and hopes to live to get 1000.

Also learned a lot about the Santa Rita Mining and Water Company that searched for gold in the Santa Rita Mountains in the early 1900. They used a technique called hydraulic mining (which required lots of water). They went to great extent to move water to dry canyons to blast the soil and separate the gold. Alas, not much gold was found..

There are still lots of posted mining claims along the trail.

A few more shots from yesterday

Heading north


  1. Donna · March 22, 2019

    Glad you are enjoying this trip. Will send you a couple pictures to enjoy by separate email.


  2. · March 22, 2019

    We have a neighbor who walks with a ski pole. I had never seen that before. Is that what hikers use?


  3. Sally D'Antonio · March 22, 2019

    Ron seems like an interesting guy. Is everyone open to sharing their story?


    • kevinhikes · March 22, 2019

      Marti, they’re called trekking poles but they’re a lot like ski poles. Mine also serve to hold up my tent!


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