16th Jun 2012
June 16, 2012
Black clouds formed an hour before sunset- just as we we setting out.
We had a rain poncho and a devil may care atitude, so we pressed on.
Thre dog was good all the way through the hike, and drank a goodly amount of water. He still doesn't seem to care for the rockiest parts of the trail.
We likely covered 6-7 miles of trails and rocky riverbed.
The dusty parts of the trail provide very interesting examples of animal and snake tracks.
One of the more interesting was a snake track that was fairly straight instead of the usual curved or sidewindy type snake trails.
There was unique, individual and perfect marks from where a single belly scale had touched the ground on each side in order for the snake to crawl forward. Then after 6ft of this, there was a suddeny, furious coiling and writhing evident in the snake's tracks.
It had encountered and vanquished a prey! Probably a small mouse exiting from the woods near the trail. Oh what a time to be without the means to take a photograph!
It never rained, but was dark for several hours of the trip. The large and loose rocks can make the going treacherous. Had several slides and near misses, but no falls this time.
The wildflowers and other blooms are starting to fade in the summer heat and drought. But it is still very scenic, and always reminds me that peopel have stood in my exact same footsteps and felt that same beauty and energy for the last 10,000 years.
Will endevour to take more photographs on future trips.