Saturday, July 23, 2016
the San Bernardino Mountains.
At the opening of most canyons coming out of the local mountains, you'll find plenty of evidence of occasional, torrential floods. Lots of big boulders, piled upon sandy or gravelly alluvial fans. This one was no exception. Still quite a lot of wildflowers, even though it was already getting late in the season. The yellow flowers that had attracted my attention, however, were past peak. I'll have to try coming back here some time in mid-April.
Returned to the car after wandering maybe 1 1/2 miles or so, all around the flood plain. Then got back to the car, and drove on up to Oak Glen.
Heading south from the lower pond, the wide trail takes you under some impressive oak boughs, which I also photograph pretty much every time I go by.
this post, from a fall trip.
Here's what some of those same places look like without clouds.
See what I mean? It's nice on a clear day, but it's magical with some clouds.
Oak Glen, in winter, here.
Late spring, here. And, a few weeks earlier, here.
Monday, July 4, 2016
Hike 2016.30B -- Drive from North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, and Pipe Springs National Monument, AZ
Long before I got to there, however, I had the drive from the North Rim to Las Vegas to make. From the North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, once you get a bit away from the rim, there's a pretty substantial meadow complex. Not sure why it's meadow and not covered in forest, like the land around. Perhaps had I stopped to read some of the informational placards along the way? ;D
On the way out, the meadow was home to a small herd of deer, and multiple singlets and doublets of deer. A few were right on the side of the road. Need to take some care driving to make sure you don't hit any wildlife!
About two hours from the Rim, and well outside the park, is Ppe Springs National Monument. I had passed it on the way in, and figured I'd like stop on the way out, if time permitted.
The Monument is on the edge of the small town of Kaibab, AZ, along highway AZ-389. It's also adjacent to the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indian Reservation. There's a Chevron Station there that, on the day I drove through, had gasoline that was the cheapest I had seen along my entire drive, including St. George and Las Vegas.