Trollgod Visits Another Bridge   Leave a comment

Instead of going to Phoenix Comic Con today, I went to the Rio Salado (Salt River) and entered the big city park from 16th Street. This is farther east than I usually go, so this was all new territory for me.

This was a simple walk and rock hunt, just to see what is out here. I like to walk under bridges, I like to get to the bottom of things. This pictorial blog will show all the pix I took on the walk, in the order in which I took them. Come walking with the Trollgod on a warm May morning, just before summer gets started in June.

There was only a small parking area near 16th street with room for about 7 cars. The riverbed is 100 yards to the north, but just east of where I parked was a huge open pit gravel mine. This huge open hole in the ground looks like it is a mile long, and about 1/4 of a mile wide. It is separated from the river's main channel by a huge wall of earth--some of it looks to have been piled up deliberately to isolate it from the river, although it would have been part of the original flood plain.

There was only a small parking area near 16th street with room for about 7 cars. The riverbed is 100 yards to the north, but just east of where I parked was a huge open pit gravel mine. This huge open hole in the ground looks like it is a mile long, and about 1/4 of a mile wide. It is separated from the river’s main channel by a huge wall of earth–some of it looks to have been piled up deliberately to isolate it from the river, although it would have been part of the original flood plain.

I didn't know what I was doing at the beginning of the walk, so I didn't take any pix until I had walked about a mile back and forth along the stream. At the very start of the walk I saw a rabbit and a quail. They both ran away from me pretty fast, so I didn't get any pix of them. But it always makes me feel a little better to see wild animals in the desert (or any other natural place).

I didn’t know what I was doing at the beginning of the walk, so I didn’t take any pix until I had walked about a mile back and forth along the stream. At the very start of the walk I saw a rabbit and a quail. They both ran away from me pretty fast, so I didn’t get any pix of them. But it always makes me feel a little better to see wild animals in the desert (or any other natural place).

Here I am under the bridge. I haven't shaved in 3 days, and I'm looking kind of trollish.

Here I am under the bridge. I haven’t shaved in 3 days, and I’m looking kind of trollish.

Rocks. Trolls like rocks. I compare rocks to people a lot. No two are the same. Bigger, smaller, whiter, darker, some with flaws and cracks, some are real jewels. The rock field beneath a bridge is a good place to look for these special rocks (with stripes in them) that I want to collect.

Rocks. Trolls like rocks. I compare rocks to people a lot. No two are the same. Bigger, smaller, whiter, darker, some with flaws and cracks, some are real jewels. The rock field beneath a bridge is a good place to look for these special rocks (with stripes in them) that I want to collect.

The glare of the Arizona sun makes it hard to see what the camera is seeing. Thus, I like to stand in shadow to plan out my pix.

The glare of the Arizona sun makes it hard to see what the camera is seeing. Thus, I like to stand in shadow to plan out my pix.

Looking to the northeast from beneath the bridge, I can barely see the river itself from here. That thin line of darker green in the center of the pic shows where the water is.

Looking to the northeast from beneath the bridge, I can barely see the river itself from here. That thin line of darker green in the center of the pic shows where the water is.

There were a lot of animal tracks beneath the bridge.  These are definitely coyote tracks--larger ones mixed with smaller ones. Could a mother coyote and puppies have been here last night? The tracks seem clean and fresh, so they can't be too old.

There were a lot of animal tracks beneath the bridge. These are definitely coyote tracks–larger ones mixed with smaller ones. Could a mother coyote and puppies have been here last night? The tracks seem clean and fresh, so they can’t be too old.

Here is a nice clean coyote track out in the open.

Here is a nice clean coyote track out in the open, and just the tip of my left shoe.

You find strange things out in the bush sometimes. I found this boy's bathing suit just lying crumpled in the rocks. It is fairly clean and new. The Phoenix Parks department has build a one lane paved road beside the river, and apparently the road has a walking lane in it. I posed the shorts with the stick figure to make some kind of cryptic comment.

You find strange things out in the bush sometimes. I found this boy’s bathing suit just lying crumpled in the rocks. It is fairly clean and new. The Phoenix Parks department has build a one lane paved road beside the river, and apparently the road has a walking lane in it. I posed the shorts with the stick figure to make some kind of cryptic comment.

The longer I spent under the bridge, the better I felt. In this shot I have just found a hefty black stone with red stripes in it, and have decided not to carry off this 10 pound quartz boulder I found.

The longer I spent under the bridge, the better I felt. In this shot I have just found a hefty black stone with red stripes in it, and have decided not to carry off this 10 pound quartz boulder I found.

It has rained recently in Arizona, and the desert is in bloom. I don't know what these yellow flowers are, but there are a lot of them growing in this part of the desert.

It has rained recently in Arizona, and the desert is in bloom. I don’t know what these yellow flowers are, but there are a lot of them growing in this part of the desert.

More wildflowers. You can see that the blooms don't last long as there are plenty of dead flower amongst the living.

More wildflowers. You can see that the blooms don’t last long as there are plenty of dead flower amongst the living.

I am now west of the bridge. I started on the eastern side. Just below me is on very green little oasis of trees and brush. I am always attracted to such places. This one is well protected from intruders by the difficult nature of the slopes around it. I'm not going down there, no matter how green and pretty it is.

I am now west of the bridge. I started on the eastern side. Just below me is on very green little oasis of trees and brush. I am always attracted to such places. This one is well protected from intruders by the difficult nature of the slopes around it. I’m not going down there, no matter how green and pretty it is.

This was my last photo of the walk, taken as I climbed out of the riverbed on the park road.  I came out of the river on the western side of the bridge, and had to risk my life crossing 16th street in busy traffic. Heh. Much safer to walk under the bridge.

This was my last photo of the walk, taken as I climbed out of the riverbed on the park road. I came out of the river on the western side of the bridge, and had to risk my life crossing 16th street in busy traffic. Heh. Much safer to walk under the bridge. As you look out across the brushy riverbed you can see the towers of central Phoenix rising in the distance.

After I left the river, I drove north on 16th Street and noticed a lot (muy mucho) of Chicano street art that I hadn’t seen or noticed before. I am already planning my next expedition to get the art of 16th Street.

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If you’ve gone under any bridges lately, why not leave a comment?

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Posted May 29, 2015 by atroll in Uncategorized

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