Guy Loomis, Saguaros, and the CCC

On my hike yesterday I met a retired fellow named Guy Loomis. He was riding a mountain bike on a technical section of single track. He offered me some water and I saw many 5 gallon water jugs in the back of his truck as well as all kinds of gold panning gear.

He has been gold panning for 12 years and has collected an ounce and a half of gold flakes. Valued at over $1000.

He told me how to join a local gold panning club so that I can start looking for gold near my house. Oh, yeah!!!

Also saw some gorgeous saguaros

Spent much of my day admiring the trail construction work of the civilian conservation corps from the 1930’s.

These guys did some amazing stone work that has held up for nearly 100 years.

A manzanita in bloom and a few others

Climbing today,



  1. Donna · March 29, 2019

    Great to see the cacti and their flowers.


  2. Paula Rand · March 26, 2019

    Love that southwest scenery!!


  3. Sally D'Antonio · March 25, 2019

    Your photos are breathtaking!


    • kevinhikes · March 25, 2019

      Thanks, Sal. You and Baze wanna come join me?


      • Sally D'Antonio · March 27, 2019

        The trail would never be the same!


  4. Pat Liddle · March 25, 2019

    Looking at the manzanita flower reminded me of blueberry flowers here in eastern US. I looked it up and both are members of the Heath family.


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