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tommy750
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9 days ago
tommy750
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Decided to head out to McCain Valley yesterday since the desert floor was a little toasty for an overnighter. Was I in for a surprise! I knew Tule Wind was coming but wasn't expecting a tsunami. Sunrise Powerlink was one thing but this project is orders of magnitude more disruptive to the wilderness. 50 ft access road? That's the same as four lanes of I-5. Looks like a number of turbines will be sitting on the road with essentially zero setback. With a west wind, those blades will be slicing overhead every time you pass by.

McCain Valley by tomteske, on Flickr

Trucks by tomteske, on Flickr

Clearing by tomteske, on Flickr

Turbine Foundation by tomteske, on Flickr

50 ft Swath by tomteske, on Flickr

Cottonwood by tomteske, on Flickr

After paying my parking fee at Cottonwood, I headed north. You can still pretty much escape in Northern McCain Valley at least for now.

The view toward the Jacumba Mts

Toward Jacumba by tomteske, on Flickr

Balancing Act

Balance by tomteske, on Flickr

Obligatory lighted tent shot

Campsite by tomteske, on Flickr

Did a little exploring this morning. Nice rock shelter with a small metate sitting on a rock and possibly a prayer stick.

Rockshelter 300M North by tomteske, on Flickr

A nearby broken metate

Broken Metate 40M NE by tomteske, on Flickr

Faded pictograph panel

C-636 Pictos_yrd by tomteske, on Flickr

These almost look like orchids

Desert Orchids by tomteske, on Flickr

Definitely flowing water out there for the first time in years. Lots of tadpoles in this pond

Tadpoles by tomteske, on Flickr

Enjoy. Tom
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surfponto
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9 days ago
surfponto
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Great trip but really sorry to see that project ramping up. :-(
edited by surfponto on 3/20/2017

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rockhopper
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8 days ago
rockhopper
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Nice trip Tommy. Thanks for posting. Some neat finds there.
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ziphius
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8 days ago
ziphius
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Looks like fun Tommy. Too bad about 'progress'. Were the tadpoles part of a natural or 'improved' watering area?
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tommy750
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8 days ago
tommy750
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ziphius wrote:
Looks like fun Tommy. Too bad about 'progress'. Were the tadpoles part of a natural or 'improved' watering area?


The pond appeared to have been created when a small stream's drainage culvert under Canebrake Rd plugged with debris. Still had good flow as did a couple other streams which was really nice to see. Going to be the second plague redux in a few weeks smile
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