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Chiricahua National Monument - Day 2

It was so lovely that I actually drove all the way into Wilcox to get groceries and do laundry and all the way back (and camped on the road outside the monument) so I could ride my trike up the road forbidden to my RV. 

‘UP’ is the important word here. I rode 6 miles or so from the visitor center to Massai Point to see the view. We won’t discuss my speed riding up the mountain except to say that many people hike faster than I rode. Fortunately for my self-respect, I didn’t see anyone hiking. It would have been depressing to get left in the weeds by someone on foot. On the way down, though, I did 25-30 MPH. Wheeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!  Here’s what I saw along the way.

 

I know what you’re thinking. Oh, wait. Maybe I don’t know what you’re thinking. I know what I’m thinking, and I am totally disgusted by the hideous graininess of the sky in these pictures. I didn’t know they were grainy until I downloaded the whole batch to my computer, only to discover that I had ruined all my pictures of Chiricahua NM and all my subsequent pictures, too, up until this very day. Somehow I managed to set the ISO on my camera to 6400, which is way too high. Grrrr. Anyway, in all these pictures that should show a beautiful sky we will be assaulted by this horrible graininess, but these are all the pictures I have, so I can’t avoid it.

 So when I had finished the laborious climb to Massai Point, here's what I saw. 'Wow!', I thought. 'I rode all the way up here for...this? But no. I kept right, like a good, law-abiding citizen, and saw the following views.

So when I had finished the laborious climb to Massai Point, here's what I saw. 'Wow!', I thought. 'I rode all the way up here for...this? But no. I kept right, like a good, law-abiding citizen, and saw the following views.

Okay, I didn't technically see this from Massai point. I had to ride up another hill to some lookout whose name I can't recall, and that's where I saw this crazy rock.