Monday, May 30, 2011

Tar Creek May 28 and 29, 2011

My daughter Barbara, my friend Rob and I backpacked down Tar Creek this weekend. Barb and I have been backpacking but this was Rob's first trip. This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to and it was great to introduce Rob to Tar Creek and bring my daughter here for her second time. We had a lot of fun jumping into the cool deep pools. We also made our way down to the largest waterfall and swim and have lunch and look out over the expansive views of the Sespe Wilderness. We also got to meet David down at the falls. It was a real pleasure to meet him and he has given me lots of inspiration to hike and explore the wilderness. All in all our minds were really blown by the whole adventure; a trip to remember.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cedar Creek Falls

My kids Barbara, Danny and I along with Robbie and Ron hiked down to Cedar Creek Falls. It was so great to bring them to this beautiful area. We all had a really good time: swimming and cliff jumping in the huge pool at the base of the falls - Enjoying lunch at the top of the falls - Taking in the spectacular views of the landscape - Spending some time with the wildlife, frogs, lizards, squirrels, hawks, and a real special treat, a rattlesnake.

Slot Canyon Panoramas

Here are some Panorama shots of the slot canyons that Robbie and I explored in the Anza Borrego Desert. Robbie took these pics and emailed them to me.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Anza Borrego - Culp Valley to Upper Hellhole Canyon

Taking advantage of another cool day in the desert, Ron, Robbie and I headed out to Culp Valley for an off trail excursion into upper Hellhole Canyon. Ron wasn't feeling well so he turned around to go back to the truck for some rest and small excursions not far from the truck. Robbie and I, however ventured on to conquer one of the most strenuous hikes we have done yet. We hiked mostly the whole way Up and down huge mountainsides scrambling over rocks, boulders and loose scree all the while getting zapped here and there by some of the most prickly, spiny, thorny plants. The ausome beauty and solitude around the whole area made the effort totally worth it. I didn't see any signs of human activity down in the canyon. Robbie almost stepped on a rattlesnake as we were crossing the creek at a very marshy leaf littered area of the creek. He got lucky though as the snake just rattled a little and slithered away quickly. It was strange how the snake did not rattle until Robbie's foot was right next to the snake.

The first three pics below were taken at the beginning of the hike. Those clouds were coming just over the mountain all day and burning of before they could reach the desert Spraying us with a light fine mist most of the day. Nice. These were the fastest moving clouds that I have ever seen, Zooming by in the sky all day long. Also the wind would blow so hard at times that it would almost knock me down.

The two pics below were taken as we gained the ridge at the top of the mountainside leading down into the canyon.

Below looking down into upper Hellhole Canyon that we descended into. Our destination was a waterfall near the patch of trees that you can see up into the tributary just above the center of the picture. The tributary creek was nearly dry though with only some seeps coming up here and there.

Below looking back at the mountain that we descended down to get into the canyon. Parts of that mountain are almost straight up vertical. What a cardiovascular, leg burning, knee knocking time. Really good workout.

Below the view looking into the upper reaches of Hellhole canyon.
Below back at the trailhead resting, eating, drinking, taking in the killer views.