How green is my desert....

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DesertAlbin736
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Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:58 pm

Our Sonoran Desert in South-Central Arizona is anything but a barren wasteland. Here's a shot overlooking Lake Pleasant taken this weekend as we hung out with some of our sailing friends.
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It's a veritable forest of the Saguaro Cacti that Arizona is famous for.
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Where spotted this raptor while taking a short hike ashore. Was it a hawk or a young bald eagle?
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And a small herd of four wild burros, descendants of burros that escaped from or let go by old time Wild West prospectors
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We ducked into a little sheltered cove with our friends on their O'Day 25, dreaming about and discussing our summer cruising plans for the Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound in BC, Canada.
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And ooh'ing and ahh'ing yet another of our spectacular Arizona sunsests.
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Residence: Peoria, AZ
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Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:40 pm

Great pictures, you generally do not equate that kind of view with boating. Looks like a lot of fun though. Thanks, Mark.

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Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:00 am

It's a nice lake for boating in the cooler months, late October through early May. But it's only 4 miles long by 2 miles wide, so there's not that far you can go. Summers are a bit much too with the heat and powerboat traffic when it gets to be a zoo on weekends with crowded launch ramps, loud cigarette boats, water skiers, PWC'ers, and lots of wildlife of the two legged variety. An Albin 25 is not well suited for 100+ degree heat. If it's 100 outside it's 120 inside the cabin. And during July and August the nights don't drop below 100 until 10 PM or later and overnight lows sometimes don't get below 85 to 90. There are folks who keep houseboats and large power cruisers on the lake in marina slips year round, many of which never leave the dock and some are in covered slips, and of course shore power to run air conditioners.

This photo taken last week on Feb 21st while I was doing some work on the boat as it sat on the trailer in the storage yard. It was about 85 degrees outside at 4:30 PM. "In" is in the main cabin, "Out" is the cockpit/wheelhouse.
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We prefer trailerability so that when we're done with Lake Pleasant for the summer after the Cinco De Mayo sailboat club raft up, our last big club bash of the spring season, we can hit the road in the summer bound for places like the Pacific Northwest, or as we've done in the past when we had a sailboat and may do again in the future with our Albin, go out to San Diego and Catalina Island. Although you can barely see a tiny bit of the stern of our boat at 3 o'clock in this picture, we were part of this 'sunflower' raft up.
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Gig Harbor Boatworks Nisqually 8 dinghy
Residence: Peoria, AZ
Homeport: Lake Pleasant, AZ & beyond

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Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:15 pm

Another photo from last weekend. This one taken by our friends from high up on a hill as my wife and I are seen rowing our Boatex dinghy in the cove. Notice the lake is very nearly full to the high water mark despite the fact that we got only 7 inches of rain last year and only 1.3 inches so far this year, and of course no snow. Our lake is full because it's the main buffer storage reservoir for the Central Arizona Project canal system, aka CAP. From November to March water gets pumped uphill from the Colorado River at Lake Havasu, elevation 400 feet, to Lake Pleasant which is 1,700 feet elevation when full. By July this whole little cove will be high and dry with the lake level down by as much as 60 feet as the water gets used for residential and agriculture needs. The two floating marinas on the lake are anchored to huge concrete blocks via cables and winches, which must be constantly adjusted as the water levels rise or fall. Total surface acreage when full is about 9,000, and can shrink to as little as 4,500 acres by the end of the summer.
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1971 Albin 25 #736
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Gig Harbor Boatworks Nisqually 8 dinghy
Residence: Peoria, AZ
Homeport: Lake Pleasant, AZ & beyond

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