Spring Break has settled into a routine and is not the nightmare we thought it might be. Jane and I have both experienced situations where people “poach” a campsite – occupying the site while the true “owners” are off on a hike or otherwise taking it without our knowledge or permission. Usually one of us winds up staying up late as needed to ask folks to be quiet, turn off annoyingly bright lights, etc. Overall, very good.
Last night the volunteers had a little “comet watching party” at mile marker 18. I already forgot the comet’s name, but it was fun to get together and listen to the others who have a very good knowledge of the night skies. At the very last minute before the party I learned to make kettle corn and it was a real hit. I think our law enforcement folks never have time to eat during their shift, so they always appreciate any food prepared for them.
During the day I had driven the East River Road to the Talley area on the river and hiked the Mariscal Canyon Overlook. It was only about 6 miles round trip to the canyon but it was 85 degrees yesterday and I tuckered out in the intense sun. Not much grows in the poor soil of the hike area, but the few things that were growing were budding and some flowering.
Starting out with a vulture sunning himself at the group campground and moving on to the hike . . .
Yikes! I almost forgot the canyon overlook! About 1,000 feet sheer drop to the river below: