November, 4, 2019, Cottonwood-
When I was a child, “Indian Summer” was the name given to that part of Autumn which featured warm days and cool nights. It was usually done by Halloween. This year, October was a mixed bag. Some days were mildly warm; others were a bit nippy. There was no “Augtober”, at least around here.
November has usually been a guarantor of frost. So far this month, we’ve had what usually comes earlier. It’s been a delayed “Indian Summer” and is likely to continue as such, until after Veteran’s Day. No harm, no foul, though. A major wedding is coming up, in my circle of friends, and besides, I have a distance trail that I’d like to complete by Thanksgiving.
Thus, today being a non-work day, I found and hiked a small, remote segment of Limekiln Trail, between a graded dirt road named for one Bill Grey and the point where I left off last time, at the base of a quartz-laden hill. This would be a 3-miler, including the rough section of terrain between the road and Sheepshead Canyon’s southern tip. A local man told me he didn’t think my Hyundai would handle Bill Grey Road, but it is flat and graded. I had no problems reaching the trailhead.
Here is where I found Limekiln’s spur trail.
This is what the bulk of the trail featured, as a backdrop.
I crossed one wash and two mild inclines-nothing too difficult, on this rather bright day.
The next segment will be 4 miles, each way, from Bill Grey Road to a point along Highway 89-A near Deer Pass Ranch, at Sedona’s southern edge. That will feature a transition from desert scrub to the promontories that signal one is in Red Rock country.
It can wait until the air is just a tad cooler. For now, I’ll just enjoy my brisket sandwich and potato salad at Colt Cafe.