Monday, February 20, 2006

...because it was there II

Two separate Sundays.
Two separate mountains.
One result; conquered.


This week the Pink Flamingo MC (in this instance MC stands for Mountain Climbers) ventured out to battle the elements and achieve victory over nature. This time, the mountain was a beast; specifically, a camel. Camelback Mountain was the intended goal. From many miles away, it even looks imposing. Here it is as we approach.


and then we got closer...

and then we got up close and personal with the head of the camel.

Before we could even begin the climb, we had to find a safe place to park Base Camp. We were lucky to find such a spot nearly a mile away. By the time we reached the trailhead shown in the following picture, we were already near exhaustion. Notice the stairs in the picture. This is how it starts out.

Altitude: 2704 Feet
Trail: 1.2 miles
Elevatin Gain: 1200 feet

Then it gets steep. It was clear that Camelback Mountain would not be tamed quite as easily as Piestewa Peak. Even with the handy hand rails, this was steep.

Half way up the mountain I found these two clowns waiting for me. I made them sit still long enough for me to catch a couple of pictures and my breath. I was sweating like a pig at this point and it was all of 70 degrees.
This is where I found Mad Dog when I finally made it to the top. He was sitting there, listening to his Ipod just kicking back and enjoying the scenery. As you can see, the view from the top was stunning. The pictures barely do it justice.

Marquez (the Pool Boy) striking a familiar pose atop Camelback Mountain. Victory was again his!!

Off in the distance you could see last week's conquest. It is Piestewa Peak Mountain and it looks relatively small from here.

AND NOW - a little eye candy for the ladies....





The Pink Flamingos Mountain Climbing Team successfully completes another mountain assault. Next week - Black Mountain, Cave Creek, Arizona. No Trails, no directions, no sissies. (Buf fortunately for me, home of the Black Mountain Brewery)

The quest for The Canyon continues...

28 Comments:

Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

First, I love the part about how you found two clowns (lol).

Yeah, it's kind of amazing how from a distance the mountains seem like nothing, and then in no time at all there right there, big and vast and glamorous. I have experienced this in Calgary. Although I never went mountain climbing. The gear is really expensive and I can't even afford an Ipod like the glamours Mad Dog.

You are mint! Tasty yet refreshing.

10:53 PM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

Oh, but the way, I like how you included black and white pic's. I think this earth needs more black and white pics.

10:54 PM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger Eve provided this enlightening comment...

My ass doesn't seem QUITE as sore after seeing the pics ;).

Mingo... You will have buns of steel if you keep having weekends like this!!

6:28 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

I suspect he already has buns of steel.

Mmmm... never mind...

7:04 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

I do not have buns of steel...yet.

It is now Tuesday morning and I still hurt like hell. I think I hurt worse today than I did yesterday. I probably need to hit the gym today and that will make these horrendous aches go away..until tomorrow.

7:13 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

I could rub...

7:38 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger Eve provided this enlightening comment...

Dumb-dumb is feeling particularly slutty today ;)

8:02 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

Yes. Yes I am.

Sorry I can't help it. Pinky does it for me.

8:08 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

There are 8 comments and I have left 5 of them. I am not psychotic, just deeply deeply obsessed.

This has brought it up to 9 comments. Pinky, I hope you don't mind these low-grade comments.

8:12 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

Okay, the number 9 is not doing it for me. I like 10 better. I am born on the 10th day. Can you guess which month? You have 3 guesses. If you guess correctly I will fellate you from a distance.

I'll give you a hint: Bono's (U2), Sid Vicious, and Fred Astair's birthdays.

8:19 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger Bloodgood provided this enlightening comment...

You look good!!
way to conquer!!!

8:48 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger The Phoenix provided this enlightening comment...

That view is absolutely stunning. Unfortunately, if it were me climbing...I'd be the staw that broke the camel's back.

Actually, my view would be red dirt as I collapse and do a face plant onto the mountain.

10:09 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger Ranando provided this enlightening comment...

Been there done that.

Way to go you guys, I did that years ago and loved it.

10:28 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger Satan provided this enlightening comment...

i took jesus up on a mountain top like that back in the old days

bitch said he didn't want all the kingdoms of the world and their glory

my ass

who wouldn't want all the kingdoms of the world and their glory

he's so full of shit

what a poser

bitch wouldn't even jump

10:39 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

Nowhere Girl - as always, I am a fan of slutty.

PDD - nice work on the slutty.

Having read the word slutty and then written it several times now, the word slutty has become nonsensical to me and has lost all meaning.

Bloodgood - come down here. The Pink Flamingos can go mountain climbing. We have been trying to get Chunk to go.

Phoenix, I clicked on some of the pictures and they look better when they are larger. Hope you got the full effect. It was absolutely breathtaking.

Ranando - any good mountains out your way? My wife wants to go to Palm Springs to the Coach outlet store...thought we might make a weekend of it sometime and find a good mountain in Cali to climb.

Satan - we talked to Jesus while we were at the top of Camelback. He said you couldn't make it to the top because you were too old and out of shape and too much smoking. You might want to put down the fork and get a little exercise every now and then. Like Jungle Jane, I am still reeling from the relevation that you have to crap. If you have to crap, then you must have a digestive system and thus must be able to gain weight. So, I am guessing that Jesus knows more about this than I do and can only assume you are a major fat ass. Since the picture only shows your head - my guess is that you have a lot of junk in your trunk.

10:49 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger Satan provided this enlightening comment...

bitch it is not in your best interest to start shit with me

jesus is a fucking liar if he told you that shit

i materialize wherever the fuck i want

i don't climb

and i certainly don't wheeze

10:53 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

Let's just say that's not what I have heard, Lard of the Underworld.

11:09 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger Jesus Toast provided this enlightening comment...

....you go outside too much....

11:25 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger Bloodgood provided this enlightening comment...

FLMG, I am goin to try my darndest to get down there. What are you guys doin in May? If business goes like it did this month, NO Problem!!!
Id watch out for the evil one, it looks like you hit a nerve.

12:21 PM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger Bloodgood provided this enlightening comment...

p.s we need to get CHunk to post more.

12:22 PM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

I think we are doing nothing in May - other than Memorial Day weekend is our anniversary. I was sort of thinking of planning a trip to San Francisco that weekend. Flamingette has never been and wants to go there sometime.

Jesus Toast - I feel bad for those of you out there that live in colder climates...but not very bad. Don't you feel warmer just living vicariously through this experience?

P.S. Satan is a bitch.
P.P.S. Chunk is a bigger bitch. Hung out with him this weekend. He played poker Saturday night and then came over on Sunday for dinner (after the mountain climbing). Chunk - not Satan. We do not invite Satan over for dinner.

12:39 PM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger Bloodgood provided this enlightening comment...

If we have alot of money I will bring the little Lady too.
Just not sure cause we are driving back to Iowa at the end of June.
San Fran sounds fun!!!

1:56 PM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger Dongley Shlongford provided this enlightening comment...

With my new found topographical largess, I am going to make a map of the greater Phoenix area and send it to you on some parchment. It takes a few days for all the layers to dry, so don't get too excited.

2:25 PM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

Um... I've noticed you travel a lot pinky. Where do you ever find the time to work??

2:54 PM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

I actually don't travel that much. I just talk about it a lot.

Last year I took one vacation to California, one long weekend to Mexico (drove my truck) with my friends and went to Iowa for Christmas. I don't count going to Iowa as travel.

It is relatively inexpensive to fly from Phoenix to San Fran (or to any other city in which Southwest Airlines flies) provided you don't mind being herded like cattle.

I've never been to Canada. Perhaps I should visit some time.

3:15 PM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

Come on up! Meet me at sneakers!

6:26 PM, February 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous provided this enlightening comment...

I have fond memories of Camelback. For me, this entry really should be combined with your previous one on marital advice.

9:31 AM, February 23, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

Hello Mrs. Pink.

1:04 PM, February 23, 2006  

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