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1 hours ago
Topic:
Park Closed?

Buford
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Just saw the semi good news. Hopefully the park doesn’t get over run.

No dispersed camping is a bummer. I definitely don’t like camping near others, even before the pandemic. The sunrise to sunset hours are not great either.
1 hours ago
Topic:
Park Closed?

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http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638

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UPDATE (June 5, 2020) - As California State Parks begins working with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved, it is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some guidelines for people visiting Anza-Borrego Desert State Park:

What is open now?
Anza- Borrego Desert SP is open to the public for day-use activities only from sunrise to sunset. The park remains closed to camping (developed and primitive).
  • Backcountry Unpaved Roads for day-use activities that do not lead into Ocotillo Wells.
  • Hell Hole Day-use Area
  • Sunrise Trail Head Parking / Day-use Areas
  • Very limited parking is now available to the public.

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this park:
  • Camping (developed and primitive)
  • Backcountry Unpaved Roads that lead into Ocotillo Wells
  • Open Dispersed Backcountry Camping
  • Peg Leg Primitive Camping Area
  • Culp Valley Primitive Camping Area
  • Coyote Canyon Above 3rd Crossing
  • North Coyote Canyon / Turkey Track Access Gate
  • Borrego Palm Canyon Day-use and Campground
  • Tamarisk Grove Campground Campgrounds
  • Arroyo Salado Primitive Camp
  • Blair Valley Primitive Camp
  • Yaqui Pass Primitive Camp
  • Yaqui Well Primitive Camp
  • Bow Willow Primitive Camp
  • Mt. Palm Springs Primitive Camp
  • Fish Creek Primitive Camp
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.
Statewide:
  • Campgrounds.
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
  • Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered: wear a face covering whenever you are within six feet of another person who is not a member of your family or household.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.
edited by dsefcik on 6/4/2020
3 hours ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

tekewin
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Topic: Cuyamaca SP
Great news! I'll be checking the web site tomorrow.
4 hours ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

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Topic: Cuyamaca SP
I just called the park. It sounds like they are planning to open up some access tomorrow for day use. (!!!!) Here's what I understood from the conversation:


Some jeep trails and parking areas will be open for day use. Access to Ocotillo Wells will remain closed for now. Campgrounds will still be closed. I believe that she said overnight camping is not yet allowed, but I don't know if that applies to backcountry trips. I could have that wrong. Coyote Canyon will still have the usual seasonal closure for Bighorn Sheep that started on June 1.

I certainly don't want to spread any unfounded rumors. But I'm so ridiculously happy even at the possibility of being back in our desert, I had to share with you guys. I guess we'll see if the updates happen tomorrow. I'm going to gas up my truck just in case. smile
9 hours ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

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Topic: Cuyamaca SP
tekewin wrote:
Called the state park today and they said no idea on re-opening AB, but it would be posted on the web site the day the decision was made. Not very helpful.

Thanks. I can't imagine there is any logic involved in what parks open when. AB is one of the largest, least dense parks.
10 hours ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

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railexplorer wrote:
Its probably closed because A) They don't realize the park exists. B) They have no plan and are winging it. C) All of the above.

Yeah I'm a bit over the handling of this whole thing.


Good Postingi agreeWhat He SaidLogic
10 hours ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

tekewin
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Called the state park today and they said no idea on re-opening AB, but it would be posted on the web site the day the decision was made. Not very helpful.
11 hours ago
Topic:
Colorado Desert From The Air

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tommy750 wrote:
Sound like everyone is in agreement drones are awesome and terrible depending on how they're used. Ziphius, nice article on seal counting. My cheap drone camera now has more MP than the one in your article which is from 2011. Your Sony mirrorless setup is probably a completely different story! My little drone in intentionally 249 grams, one less than required for an FAA certificate which is .55 to 55lbs.

What interests me the most is high resolution panoramas and I think our area has a lot of possibilities.



What is your drones MP count Tommy? Some high res panos would be pretty fantastic.
11 hours ago
Topic:
Colorado Desert From The Air

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Nice finds. Neat adventure Tommy! Were the camping circles on the benches above the ancient lake shore line? The multiple lake fills over the past 12,000 years ( At least 8 full fills but probably many more) supported large populations at various periods of lake fills. Lake fills may have lasted 50 years or more with constant inflows from the Colorado river. Population peak may have reached 10,000 around the lake. Those stone tools could be 1000 years old or 10,000 years old.
21 hours ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

deborah
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Topic: Cuyamaca SP
Rocko1 wrote:
deborah wrote:
Yes, I guess it's just wishful thinking on my part. Looking at the public lands map layer on CalTopo, it seems the Pedro Fages Monument is in Anza Borrego as well.

Thanks for the info!



No problem. Cleveland NF is mostly open as well. You could park off S2 in this area(Pioneer Mail parking lot is open) and access the PCT and take it into AB if you wanted.



Oh that's a great recommendation. I'm thinking a weekday trip would be really nice. I'm due for a day off work. smile Thanks!!
22 hours ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

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Topic: Cuyamaca SP
Its probably closed because A) They don't realize the park exists. B) They have no plan and are winging it. C) All of the above.

Yeah I'm a bit over the handling of this whole thing.
1 days ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

Rocko1
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Topic: Cuyamaca SP
tekewin wrote:
Thanks for the photos and update.

Can't believe AB is still closed. Most of ANF is open, OC trails and parks open. San Diego county had +2 cases today, almost nothing. Hair salons are open in the OC, but the 600,000 acres in AB is just too tight to be safe. I will call them tomorrow if I have time to find out why.
edited by tekewin on 6/3/2020

This one doesn't make sense-it's one of the safest/largest parks.
1 days ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

tekewin
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Topic: Cuyamaca SP
Thanks for the photos and update.

Can't believe AB is still closed. Most of ANF is open, OC trails and parks open. San Diego county had +2 cases today, almost nothing. Hair salons are open in the OC, but the 600,000 acres in AB is just too tight to be safe. I will call them tomorrow if I have time to find out why.
edited by tekewin on 6/3/2020
1 days ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

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Topic: Cuyamaca SP
deborah wrote:
Yes, I guess it's just wishful thinking on my part. Looking at the public lands map layer on CalTopo, it seems the Pedro Fages Monument is in Anza Borrego as well.

Thanks for the info!



No problem. Cleveland NF is mostly open as well. You could park off S2 in this area(Pioneer Mail parking lot is open) and access the PCT and take it into AB if you wanted.
1 days ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

tommy750
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Topic: Cuyamaca SP
Nice pics Rocko1. Like the one from the top.
1 days ago
Topic:
Colorado Desert From The Air

tommy750
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Sound like everyone is in agreement drones are awesome and terrible depending on how they're used. Ziphius, nice article on seal counting. My cheap drone camera now has more MP than the one in your article which is from 2011. Your Sony mirrorless setup is probably a completely different story! My little drone in intentionally 249 grams, one less than required for an FAA certificate which is .55 to 55lbs.

What interests me the most is high resolution panoramas and I think our area has a lot of possibilities.
1 days ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

deborah
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deborah
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Topic: Cuyamaca SP
Yes, I guess it's just wishful thinking on my part. Looking at the public lands map layer on CalTopo, it seems the Pedro Fages Monument is in Anza Borrego as well.

Thanks for the info!
2 days ago
Topic:
Colorado Desert From The Air

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Love the photos. Thanks for being a responsible drone operator and keeping it out of the park. Drones are like dogs, great.... but too many people own them. If you eventually want to upgrade to a fancier camera and a bigger system, Don Leroi at Aerial Imaging Systems builds a bunch of hexacopters for NOAA to photograph whales, sea lions, and penguins. We use mainly Sony mirrorless cameras on our systems. https://aerialimagingsolutions.com

Their training for these systems are taken seriously, FAA certification required. https://aerialimagingsolutions.com/training/
edited by ziphius on 6/2/2020
2 days ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

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Topic: Cuyamaca SP
deborah wrote:
Thanks Rocko1 for the report and the lovely pictures.

Do you happen to know if the Sunrise Trailhead is open for parking? Although, that is within the Anza Borrego park boundaries, so I guess it's still closed...

I did not drive by it this weekend but 2 weeks ago it was closed and since AB website has not changed for a while I would assume it's closed. You can park at the Pedro Fages Monument turn out-it has been open for a while and should still be.
2 days ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

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Topic: Cuyamaca SP
Thanks Rocko1 for the report and the lovely pictures.

Do you happen to know if the Sunrise Trailhead is open for parking? Although, that is within the Anza Borrego park boundaries, so I guess it's still closed...
2 days ago
Topic:
Colorado Desert From The Air

deborah
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It does give a really interesting perspective. Thanks for sharing!
2 days ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

Rocko1
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Topic: Cuyamaca SP
Buford wrote:
Nice to see some greenery and flowers.

I went hiking in Cuyamaca Saturday. The parking pullouts along the 79 were open, not just the Sweetwater one listed.

As for crowds, it was not crowded at all, although I did not hike to a waterfall or peak. The parking pullout was overflowing with cars on return, but never saw most of the people.



It is. I saw many young pine trees 5-15' doing well. I made it to the peak and halfway down before I saw anyone. Passed 3 people before I got back to the car.

Strange Sweetwater was closed Saturday-it was open on Sunday-about 70% full as I passed it on the way out.
3 days ago
Topic:
Colorado Desert From The Air

Buford
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Nice. I actually enjoy the pictures as much as I find drones obnoxious.

I saw someone flying a drone within feet over an active peregrine nest this weekend. I don’t know if they knew the nest was there. Sadly the falcons didn’t take out the drone for our entertainment.
3 days ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

Buford
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Topic: Cuyamaca SP
Nice to see some greenery and flowers.

I went hiking in Cuyamaca Saturday. The parking pullouts along the 79 were open, not just the Sweetwater one listed.

As for crowds, it was not crowded at all, although I did not hike to a waterfall or peak. The parking pullout was overflowing with cars on return, but never saw most of the people.
3 days ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

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Topic: Cuyamaca SP
dsefcik wrote:
That's nice...I was wondering, is the (Cuyamaca) park open for parking and hiking as usual? No restrictions?



Parking is open on streets as well at campgrounds($10-day use only currently). Most trails open.

What is open now?
  • Paso Picacho Day-Use
  • Green Valley Falls Day-Use
  • Merigan Day-Use
  • Sweetwater Highway 79 Turnout
  • Very limited parking is now available to the public

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?

At this park:
  • Dyar Visitor Center and Day-Use
  • Stonewall Mine Day-Use
Statewide:
  • Campgrounds.
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.


Crowded though-much more than normal. I got to the parking turn out at 5:40am, no cars. When I got back at 9:30 it was full with about 15 cars. Go early..or mid-week.
3 days ago
Topic:
Colorado Desert From The Air

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I like those red onion pics and the other IV pics also, nice work tommy750..Thumbs Up



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3 days ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

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That's nice...I was wondering, is the (Cuyamaca) park open for parking and hiking as usual? No restrictions?
3 days ago
Topic:
Colorado Desert From The Air

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Rocko1 wrote:
Tommy you have a fantastic eye for finding things! Great pictures and finds. I have considered a drone but have reservations after being out in nature and having them buzz around near me-the noise can be quite off putting.


Agree, those yahoos flying drones all over public spaces or 2 ft away from the wildlife need to stay away. That said, really think it would be a great addition to park volunteers needing to document change over time at sensitive cultural sites. For example, just noticed by drone photos someone had been substantially altering a well known spoked wheel geoglyph near Ocotillo in the past years. Changes were made to another rather obscure geoglyph as well. Do-gooders? Kumeyaay? I don't know, but I forwarded the info to BLM for follow up. Not sure what the sheep counters would have to say about drones as a supplemental viewing platform. Drones can be annoying and noisy but many including mine are rather invisible and inaudible at about 50 ft overhead and may not be an issue for careful wildlife observers.

One last thing. I never have GPS enabled for cameras and phones but your drone will. Had to remind myself to remove all GPS data from pics of sensitive sites.
3 days ago
Topic:
Colorado Desert From The Air

tommy750
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Scooter wrote:
Thank you for a very interesting trip report. It sure has been a slow spring in the desert and on the blog. Thanks Again


2020 sure has been a terrible year for just about everything including enjoying the desert. Hopefully things will change soon
3 days ago
Topic:
Cuyamaca SP

Rocko1
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Did a quick early hike to the peak in Cuyamaca Sunday to beat the crowds and heat. Everything is so green. Bugs are again out in full force. Was about 49F when I started at 6am and low 70's by 9:30am when I got back.

Sky looked really cool over Viejas Mtn.


The lake from near the top


Water flowing from a small tributary feeding Cold Stream at about 5,100ft.
https://imgur.com/FXllwXB



Pines are doing great this year. Plenty of young trees thriving as well.
https://i.imgur.com/iAz91Tp.mp4

Looking north from the peak.




9.75 miles, 2,300ft gain. Album https://imgur.com/a/EJYwWzG
edited by Rocko1 on 6/1/2020
3 days ago
Topic:
Colorado Desert From The Air

Rocko1
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Tommy you have a fantastic eye for finding things! Great pictures and finds. I have considered a drone but have reservations after being out in nature and having them buzz around near me-the noise can be quite off putting.
3 days ago
Topic:
Colorado Desert From The Air

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Thank you for a very interesting trip report. It sure has been a slow spring in the desert and on the blog. Thanks Again
3 days ago
Topic:
Colorado Desert From The Air

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Got a relatively inexpensive drone (Mavic Mini) recently to see how the desert looks from above. Went out on several trips this month to photograph known cultural sites and a couple things I found on GE that may or may not be "real." Would rate my drone flying skills as comparable to a teenager on Day 1 of Driver's Ed but haven't crashed it yet so happy about that. All of the pics are non ABDSP

Here's an archaic site near Ocotillo described by Begole back in the 70's.

IMP-110 by tomteske, on Flickr

Tool were typically rather large and crude and pottery/small projectile points many years in the future. Here's a couple stone tools still lying on the ground. Both are made of the commonly used green porphyric metavolcanic (that green spotted stuff) rock and both heavily patinated indicating they've been there a long time.

IMP-110 Tool by tomteske, on Flickr

IMP-110 Tool2 by tomteske, on Flickr


Was pretty sure I'd found a new geoglyph when I spotted this guy but apparently it has previously been recorded and is associated with a large quarry site for, you guessed it, porphyritic green metavolcanic rock. The geoglyph is a serpentine line about 65-70 meters long. Tire tracks are in the top middle of the pic.

Geoglyph Drone by tomteske, on Flickr


Geoglyph by tomteske, on Flickr

Geoglyph2 by tomteske, on Flickr

I think this is a geoglyph that was transected by Old Hwy 80 years ago and even more so by I-8.

Geoglyph by tomteske, on Flickr

Nearby cleared circles on a bench overlooking the Ocotillo area.

Rock Circles by tomteske, on Flickr

A large cleared cicle with a smaller rock circle in the perimetry on a bench overlooking Ocotillo.

Rock Circle2 by tomteske, on Flickr

Rock Circle by tomteske, on Flickr

Went out today and took pics of the lake bed of Ancient Lake Cahuilla. Definitely a different perspective.

Red Onions by tomteske, on Flickr

Red Onions3 by tomteske, on Flickr

Tree on Canal Bank by tomteske, on Flickr

If you can't fathom how the Imperial Valley can use 2M acre feet of Colorado River water every year, wonder no longer.

River Water2 by tomteske, on Flickr

River Water by tomteske, on Flickr

Would really like to do more drone photography with a nicer camera after I learn how to not crash. Shows a completely unique perspective of what we've seen a million times. Enjoy! Tom
10 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

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dsefcik wrote:
Very nice...Tom and I went out to McCain Valley for a bike ride, yes...bugs are in FULL force.














Those tanks are good for a quick bath on a hot day in McCain Valley
13 days ago
Topic:
Park Closed?

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Topic: Park Closed?
The state reopened parking to 27 state parks a few days ago-unfortunately none in SD County.
13 days ago
Topic:
Park Closed?

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Topic: Park Closed?
I am guessing the park needs guidance from Sacramento, all state parks appear to be under the same order. I was just looking up Cuyamaca and saw the same message from May 1st on their website.

Borrego Springs is still actively discouraging people from big cities from stopping in town for supplies.

I can’t wait for the park to reopen.

Edit->
Looks like Cuyamaca website just got updated. ABDSP still has the May 1st message.
edited by Buford on 5/22/2020
15 days ago
Topic:
Park Closed?

tekewin
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Topic: Park Closed?
Anybody heard any rumors about re-opening? Park web site was last updated May 1, but still says everything closed including dirt roads.
17 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

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Topic: Cleveland NF
dsefcik wrote:
Rocko1..nice...are you getting the CNF permits or just going out? Was half thinking for next weekend but we always get the (free) permits.

I applied for a permit and got a response from CNF ranger saying until the Descanso station is back open, no permits are required.
17 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

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Rocko1..nice...are you getting the CNF permits or just going out? Was half thinking for next weekend but we always get the (free) permits.
17 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

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The wife and I did a quick overnight back in the CNF on Saturday. Was warm during the day, got to 49F at night, slight breeze. Really nice with the only exception being the bugs-out in full force-gnats, mosquito, flying ants, etc. Head nets really saved us, best 1oz item.



Sunrise comes early this time of year 5:41am




Was a nice trip.
18 days ago
Topic:
E-Bike Build

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tommy750 wrote:
For the briefest of moments before Daren's ebike build was complete, I relished watching him struggle to keep up with me! Sadly, those days are over. Great build Daren. You are a multi talented guy! You ever though about getting one of those helmet thingies to protect your bean?? In camo of course smile

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18 days ago
Topic:
E-Bike Build

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Britain wrote:
Cool build. Do the batteries build heat when on?



No idea...it's in ammo box for a reason...Thumbs Up

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edited by dsefcik on 5/17/2020
20 days ago
Topic:
E-Bike Build

Britain
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Cool build. Do the batteries build heat when on?
20 days ago
Topic:
E-Bike Build

tommy750
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For the briefest of moments before Daren's ebike build was complete, I relished watching him struggle to keep up with me! Sadly, those days are over. Great build Daren. You are a multi talented guy! You ever though about getting one of those helmet thingies to protect your bean?? In camo of course smile
21 days ago
Topic:
E-Bike Build

Rocko1
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dsefcik wrote:
Weight - Somewhere around 60-70lbs probably
Top Speed - Flat, no wind, wearing my 8lb hiking boots, in a tuck and using the 4.5" slick tires inflated to 30psi.....close to 30mph
Range - Off Road 25-30 miles, on road about 35-40 miles

I run the off road tires tubeless and 7 psi in the back and 5 psi in the front. The slicks I run with tubes and about 25psi front and 30 rear.

Motor kit is a BBSHD from Luna Cycle

Battery pack is a 52volt and about 15 amp made from laptop batteries I harvested from computers at work that were headed for the recycle farm.

If you look thru the pictures you can see 4.5" slicks for the road and the 4" knobbies for off road.

The racks I bought on Amazon and made custom mounts for them

The custom triangle bag is made from 500D Cordura in Pencott Badlands camo (need to make the saddle bags still)

I have around 200 miles on the motor build version.

What else..?

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Wow. That is incredible for the weight. Stellar job.
21 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

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Topic: Cleveland NF
rockhopper wrote:
Nice trip Rocko. The wildlife was really enjoying that seasonal creek heading down to the desert floor.


I am shocked at how far it is making it, especially with the weather we have had.
21 days ago
Topic:
E-Bike Build

rockhopper
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rockhopper
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Topic: E-Bike Build
Pretty impressive Daren. Loaded for Bear. I still have my old school Trek 18 speed Mountian bike. I'm not worthy.
21 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

rockhopper
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rockhopper
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Topic: Cleveland NF
Nice trip Rocko. The wildlife was really enjoying that seasonal creek heading down to the desert floor.
21 days ago
Topic:
E-Bike Build

dsefcik
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Weight - Somewhere around 60-70lbs probably
Top Speed - Flat, no wind, wearing my 8lb hiking boots, in a tuck and using the 4.5" slick tires inflated to 30psi.....close to 30mph
Range - Off Road 25-30 miles, on road about 35-40 miles

I run the off road tires tubeless and 7 psi in the back and 5 psi in the front. The slicks I run with tubes and about 25psi front and 30 rear.

Motor kit is a BBSHD from Luna Cycle

Battery pack is a 52volt and about 15 amp made from laptop batteries I harvested from computers at work that were headed for the recycle farm.

If you look thru the pictures you can see 4.5" slicks for the road and the 4" knobbies for off road.

The racks I bought on Amazon and made custom mounts for them

The custom triangle bag is made from 500D Cordura in Pencott Badlands camo (need to make the saddle bags still)

I have around 200 miles on the motor build version.

What else..?

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22 days ago
Topic:
E-Bike Build

Rocko1
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Rocko1
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Topic: E-Bike Build
Now that is impressive Daren! Can you give the specs? Weight, top speed, range?
22 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

ziphius
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ziphius
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Topic: Cleveland NF
Tommy that fuzzy plant is a mystery to me!
22 days ago
Topic:
E-Bike Build

ziphius
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ziphius
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Topic: E-Bike Build
Quite the engineering feat Daren, I bow to your skills. My GF has a fancy Trek ebike that she loves for commuting, back in the days when we used to commute.
22 days ago
Topic:
E-Bike Build

dsefcik
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dsefcik
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Moved this over to a new thread.

Been telling myself I am gonna write up a post on my ebike but who knows when that will happen.
Here is a link to the photos over the last year of building it up from brand new out of the box....all inspired by tommy750 and his ebike.

https://www.darensefcik.com/Photography/Bicycles/E-Bike-Build/


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22 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

dsefcik
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Moved the ebike build to a new thread http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/Forum/topic1533-ebike-build.aspx?MessageID=10771#post10771



@Tommy750, I like that pic of the bikes..nice!

Yeah, sorry I did hijack it, too lazy to start my own thread...Thread Hijack!

Been telling myself I am gonna write up a post on my ebike but who knows when that will happen.
Here is a link to the photos over the last year of building it up from brand new out of the box....all inspired by tommy750 and his ebike.

https://www.darensefcik.com/Photography/Bicycles/E-Bike-Build/

Thread Hijack!
Thread Hijack!

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22 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

deborah
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deborah
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Topic: Cleveland NF
Goodness, great pictures!! Love the views, those colors are amazing. The balancing rock is really cool. And yes, great bike / trail shots!

I haven't been getting out. My usual go-to spots are within the park boundaries or areas that are closed, and I guess it's all just been a bit disorienting so I've been staying local. I really appreciate the reminders that there are options, even with all the closures. Thanks for sharing a bit of "normal". smile
23 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

tekewin
tekewin
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tekewin
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Topic: Cleveland NF
Great! The view from Garnet is one of my favorites in the park. Can't wait until the whole park is officially re-opened.
23 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

Brian
Brian
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Brian
Brian
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Topic: Cleveland NF
Rocko1 wrote:
Did you ever try a bug net? I used my buff to cover my mouth but they still swarm near my eyes-even with having my shirt/pants/hat treated with permethrin.


I bought one a couple years ago for backpacking in the Sierras. That's a good idea to use it for biking in buggy areas. The helmet would probably keep it the perfect distance away from the face.
edited by Brian on 5/12/2020
23 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

Rocko1
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Rocko1
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Topic: Cleveland NF
Brian wrote:
I used to do a lot of mountain biking and I had always heard that Noble Canyon was one of the best spots. When I rode it, I had to keep the speed up to outrun the gnats, but every time I had to slow down for a technical section they would be swarming around my head and I had to be careful not to inhale them. I never went back.



Did you ever try a bug net? I used my buff to cover my mouth but they still swarm near my eyes-even with having my shirt/pants/hat treated with permethrin.
23 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

Rocko1
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Rocko1
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Topic: Cleveland NF
tommy750 wrote:
Nice pics Rocko1. Glad to see water down in Storm. Last time I was in that area was early 2019 and that drainage was bone dry. You ever looked around Oasis Spring? Assuming that's where most of that water is originating from. Now to continue Daren's hijack of your post, here's another ebike pic up in McCain. Gunna have to step up my game to get that fully accessorized look Daren's bike has smile

IMG_3881 by tomteske, on Flickr

Ziphius, you know what this cute fuzzy plant is?? Can't say I've ever noticed it before.

IMG_3895 by tomteske, on Flickr

I have always wanted to go check out the building at Oasis Spring-heck I am up in that area enough I always forget somehow. Water was flowing really nice in Indian Creek also.

Need more info on those bikes. Would love to get into that.
23 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

tommy750
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tommy750
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Topic: Cleveland NF
Nice pics Rocko1. Glad to see water down in Storm. Last time I was in that area was early 2019 and that drainage was bone dry. You ever looked around Oasis Spring? Assuming that's where most of that water is originating from. Now to continue Daren's hijack of your post, here's another ebike pic up in McCain. Gunna have to step up my game to get that fully accessorized look Daren's bike has smile

IMG_3881 by tomteske, on Flickr

Ziphius, you know what this cute fuzzy plant is?? Can't say I've ever noticed it before.

IMG_3895 by tomteske, on Flickr
23 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

ziphius
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ziphius
ziphius
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Topic: Cleveland NF
Nice looking photos / trip Rocko1 and Daren!
23 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

ziphius
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ziphius
ziphius
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Topic: Cleveland NF
Nice looking photos / trip Rocko1 and Daren!
24 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

Brian
Brian
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Brian
Brian
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Topic: Cleveland NF
I used to do a lot of mountain biking and I had always heard that Noble Canyon was one of the best spots. When I rode it, I had to keep the speed up to outrun the gnats, but every time I had to slow down for a technical section they would be swarming around my head and I had to be careful not to inhale them. I never went back.
24 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

Britain
Britain
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Britain
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Topic: Cleveland NF
Nice shots from the top. Dig the battle bike.
24 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

Rocko1
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Rocko1
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Topic: Cleveland NF
dsefcik wrote:
Very nice...Tom and I went out to McCain Valley for a bike ride, yes...bugs are in FULL force.






Sweet bike! Is that yours?
24 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

dsefcik
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Topic: Cleveland NF
Very nice...Tom and I went out to McCain Valley for a bike ride, yes...bugs are in FULL force.




24 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

Scooter
Scooter
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Scooter
Scooter
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Topic: Cleveland NF
Thanks Great pictures
24 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

Rocko1
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Rocko1
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Topic: Cleveland NF
Scooter wrote:
Very nice. Is the forest open?

Trails are. Improved sites with bathrooms still closed.
24 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

Scooter
Scooter
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Scooter
Scooter
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Topic: Cleveland NF
Very nice. Is the forest open?
24 days ago
Topic:
Cleveland NF

Rocko1
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Rocko1
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Topic: Cleveland NF
Did a quick hike in the Cleveland NF this weekend. 9 miles, early start to beat the heat. Went up Garnet Peak then explored the Noble Canyon area. Bugs and gnats are out in full force.


From the top of Garnet Peak you can see water from Storm Canyon still flowing pretty far into Vallecito Valley.




Looking towards Granite.


Lots for flowers blooming.


29 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Britain
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Britain
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Topic: Photography
El Centro NAF
Blue Angels will not post the schedules I asked. They show up in El Centro the first week of January and leave after the airshow at NAF around the second week of March. They usually practice in the morning around 9 am and then in the afternoon at 1 pm. They fly for about 2 hrs.

Yes, the rest of the year is wildlife and hiking. You got some great captures!


Buford wrote:
Nice pictures of the Blue Angels. Is there a way to get the schedule when the they will be in El Centro? I hope they do a local flyover like the East Coast.

Only pictures I've taken in the last couple days are local wild life.
29 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Buford
Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Photography
Nice pictures of the Blue Angels. Is there a way to get the schedule when the they will be in El Centro? I hope they do a local flyover like the East Coast.

Only pictures I've taken in the last couple days are local wild life.
29 days ago
Topic:
Photography

dsefcik
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Britain wrote:
Well, its in the desert (El Centro). Blue Angel # 7 coming in with a blown tire. #7 carries VIP backseaters. There was one in this one.

Thumbs Up
29 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Britain
Britain
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Britain
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Topic: Photography
Well, its in the desert (El Centro). Blue Angel # 7 coming in with a blown tire. #7 carries VIP backseaters. There was one in this one.

29 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Britain
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Britain
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Topic: Photography
Got to like the lens. Have friends that also have it. Nice Hums shots!

Buford wrote:
All these were with the Sigma 150-600C and MC-11 adapter.

I wish we had a feeder or fountain but don't have space for one in the yard. All these are from walking around the neighborhood. Despite being in the middle of the city there are tons of hummingbirds everywhere.

I don't know what species are in the pictures. I think we have Anna's, Rufous, Costa's and Allen's in San Diego. I'll have to check my bird books. I am not much of a birder. I just like taking pictures of things that look cool.

Here are the frames immediately before and after the uncropped one, but cropped slightly:




Had some fun with macros too but this might have been a previous weekend.


I saw them flash the colors under their beak many times but couldn't get any great pictures of the color in sunlight.

Hopefully everyone can return to the desert soon.
4/27/2020
Topic:
Photography

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Photography
All these were with the Sigma 150-600C and MC-11 adapter.

I wish we had a feeder or fountain but don't have space for one in the yard. All these are from walking around the neighborhood. Despite being in the middle of the city there are tons of hummingbirds everywhere.

I don't know what species are in the pictures. I think we have Anna's, Rufous, Costa's and Allen's in San Diego. I'll have to check my bird books. I am not much of a birder. I just like taking pictures of things that look cool.

Here are the frames immediately before and after the uncropped one, but cropped slightly:




Had some fun with macros too but this might have been a previous weekend.


I saw them flash the colors under their beak many times but couldn't get any great pictures of the color in sunlight.

Hopefully everyone can return to the desert soon.
4/27/2020
Topic:
Photography

Scooter
Scooter
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Scooter
Scooter
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Topic: Photography
We have an inexpensive fountain in our backyard we must have a dozen hummingbirds, finches, doves and oriels. It is great to sit and watch them come in for water and baths.
4/27/2020
Topic:
Photography

tekewin
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tekewin
tekewin
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Topic: Photography
Stunning hummingbirds! Whenever I run into them, their wings sound like large bugs.
4/27/2020
Topic:
Pepperwood and Bow Willow

tekewin
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rockhopper wrote:
Nice clear desert views. Your expedition was perfectly timed. Thanks for sharing.



Just lucky on timing. smile
4/26/2020
Topic:
Photography

dsefcik
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Buford wrote:


My first real camera is now a year old.

I love this guy, do you know what kind it is?
I can't remember how old my "first real camera" is but I do remember I paid waaay too much for it....ain't even worth selling now.
Great pictures, thanks for posting...Thumbs Up
4/26/2020
Topic:
Photography

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Photography
Still haven't been out to the desert.

These guys are all in my area, just as easily could be in the desert. At least two species I think.











Completely uncropped. In the full resolution version you can almost count the pollen grains on his beak. Not sharp enough though, too slow a shutter speed since I was just taking images of one in the shade:


My first real camera is now a year old.
4/26/2020
Topic:
Solstice Cave and Goat Canyon

Brian
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rockhopper wrote:
deborah wrote:
Nice trip report and pictures! I'm catching up on all the activity, been oddly busy with work this past month or so. These posts are a great reminder that the desert will still be there. smile



It is comforting to know that desert will still be there. Ready for another expedition.


Yep, I suspect it will be October before I check to make sure the desert is still there. I usually do a few trips in May after a cold front goes through, but I don't think I'll bother this year. I hiked to the playa above Box Canyon on the day the state ended up issuing the stay at home order and when I came back out the next day it was a different world. It was a fitting end of the season for me.
4/25/2020
Topic:
Solstice Cave and Goat Canyon

rockhopper
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deborah wrote:
Nice trip report and pictures! I'm catching up on all the activity, been oddly busy with work this past month or so. These posts are a great reminder that the desert will still be there. smile



It is comforting to know that desert will still be there. Ready for another expedition.
4/25/2020
Topic:
Toloache

rockhopper
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rockhopper
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Topic: Toloache
The indigenous peoples used about every plant in their habitat for various uses. Teas made from herbs, roots, bark etc. I imagine the "Medicine Man" was the most respected and protected member of the tribe or clan.
4/25/2020
Topic:
Pepperwood and Bow Willow

rockhopper
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Nice clear desert views. Your expedition was perfectly timed. Thanks for sharing.
4/25/2020
Topic:
Pepperwood and Bow Willow

deborah
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Great pictures and info! Thanks for sharing!
4/25/2020
Topic:
Granite Mountain Overnight

deborah
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Nice pictures and trip report! Laughing about the "type 2 fun". smile
4/25/2020
Topic:
Solstice Cave and Goat Canyon

deborah
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Nice trip report and pictures! I'm catching up on all the activity, been oddly busy with work this past month or so. These posts are a great reminder that the desert will still be there. smile
4/23/2020
Topic:
Show Us Your Mask!

Britain
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Britain
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Topic: Show Us Your Mask!
Didnt make one but mines a grey camo
4/23/2020
Topic:
Toloache

Rocko1
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Rocko1
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Topic: Toloache
I was reading a few 'trip' reports regarding this plant. It does not sound like a fun time. Can last for days, user can't tell real people from hallucinations, high fever, etc. This is one heavy deliriant.
4/23/2020
Topic:
Photography

tekewin
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tekewin
tekewin
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Topic: Photography
Bug's Life edition. Cool. Nice looking spider.
4/23/2020
Topic:
Toloache

tekewin
tekewin
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tekewin
tekewin
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Topic: Toloache
I've seen dozens of those plants on the Coal Canyon trail off the 91 at Green River. I knew they were poisonous, but not that they were used for so many pharmaceuticals. Cool plants.
4/23/2020
Topic:
Domeland/Wind Caves

tekewin
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tekewin
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Topic: Domeland/Wind Caves
Excellent! Love the flowers. I hope to visit some day.
4/22/2020
Topic:
Domeland/Wind Caves

Rocko1
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Rocko1
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Topic: Domeland/Wind Caves
tommy750 wrote:
Rocko1, here's a petroglyph you walked right by on the way to the wind caves. Looks like another petroglyph down in Pinto Canyon a little ways to the south. The ruler is being held by Jeff Sagun, BLM archaeologist, who called it a tortoise. Not aware of any water source in the Coyotes except maybe a few tinajas. Definitely a lot of slots, mining stuff, fossils and amazing scenery out there.
Tortoise Petroglyphs (2018_09_25 07_05_23 UTC) by tomteske, on Flickr



Dang, that is really cool. I really need to spend more time out there
edited by Rocko1 on 4/22/2020
4/21/2020
Topic:
Domeland/Wind Caves

tommy750
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tommy750
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Topic: Domeland/Wind Caves
Rocko1, here's a petroglyph you walked right by on the way to the wind caves. Looks like another petroglyph down in Pinto Canyon a little ways to the south. The ruler is being held by Jeff Sagun, BLM archaeologist, who called it a tortoise. Not aware of any water source in the Coyotes except maybe a few tinajas. Definitely a lot of slots, mining stuff, fossils and amazing scenery out there.

Tortoise Petroglyphs (2018_09_25 07_05_23 UTC) by tomteske, on Flickr
4/21/2020
Topic:
Toloache

tommy750
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tommy750
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Topic: Toloache
dsefcik wrote:
Well, isn't tommy750 full of surprise botanical medicine information!...where did you say I could find those ICU carts, by the wind caves..?? hitit

I am getting kinda itchy to get out....maybe this weekend, especially now that gas prices are down, it will only cost me $30 in gas instead of $50

Thanks for the flower update.

Daren, you being a little glass vial aficionado AND international traveler AND new botanical chemical guy, I present the ATROPINE TRIFECTA! This little glass vial was found in an abandoned medical clinic crash cart deep in the jungles of Chiapas, Mexico. With an expiration date of 11/1991 (about 7 years after I found it), it still might pack as much punch as an ounce of datura honey smile

Atropine by tomteske, on Flickr

And speaking of bees, actually found a hive under a boulder in the middle of a drainage not too far from said datura plant. Have not found a living hive in years around here so this was kind of nice to see even thought the bee traffic was light. You'll need to click on the image twice to see the clip.

IMG_3772 by tomteske, on Flickr
4/21/2020
Topic:
Toloache

ziphius
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ziphius
ziphius
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Topic: Toloache
Honey bees definitely visit Datura flowers. I wonder what 100% pure 'Datura honey' would be like. smile

tommy750 wrote:
ziphius wrote:
I have a few Datura plants in the garden, grown from seed. A great plant that attracts weird pollinators and Sphinx moth caterpillars. The plant itself sort of smells like peanut butter and the flowers are spectacular.

That's interesting. Do you see honey bees polinating the flowers? Read somewhere honey produced near datura plants can be problematic but they mentioned honey wasps whatever those are.
4/21/2020
Topic:
Toloache

dsefcik
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dsefcik
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Topic: Toloache
Well, isn't tommy750 full of surprise botanical medicine information!...where did you say I could find those ICU carts, by the wind caves..?? hitit

I am getting kinda itchy to get out....maybe this weekend, especially now that gas prices are down, it will only cost me $30 in gas instead of $50

Thanks for the flower update.
4/21/2020
Topic:
Domeland/Wind Caves

dsefcik
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dsefcik
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Topic: Domeland/Wind Caves
Nice...I really like the fossil and flower pics. I have never been to those caves...been close many times but never actually gone to them...Thumbs Up
4/21/2020
Topic:
Toloache

tommy750
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tommy750
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Topic: Toloache
ziphius wrote:
I have a few Datura plants in the garden, grown from seed. A great plant that attracts weird pollinators and Sphinx moth caterpillars. The plant itself sort of smells like peanut butter and the flowers are spectacular.

That's interesting. Do you see honey bees polinating the flowers? Read somewhere honey produced near datura plants can be problematic but they mentioned honey wasps whatever those are.




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