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tommy750
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8/25/2013
tommy750
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Now might be an excellent time to downgrade your expectations about this trip report! I'm just going to say it was a successful proof of concept. After seeing Daren's post about the flash flood chaser in Utah, thought this weekend might be an opportunity to give it a shot. The weather reports seemed to indicate Tropical Storm Ivo would dump 2-3" in the Colorado Desert area starting in earnest this afternoon. In comparison, Kathleen was 8-10" and completely devastating.


Ivo by tomteske, on Flickr

My friend Amy agreed to join me and we agreed on a very conservative plan with lots of contingencies. The first rule was no Fish Creek! Got out on S2 with no rain threatening so decided to swing down Canyon Sin Nombre and drive up Carrizo Creek into the canyon if conditions allowed. Saw lots of trash and broken bottles at campsites in Sin Nombre which I don't recall the last time out. Also this panel with some weird erosion and unfortunately, lots of graffiti.


Historical Graffiti by tomteske, on Flickr


Drips by tomteske, on Flickr

Walked a few hundred feet up the main Sin Nombre slot canyon and on the way out was consternated to realize we'd both walked by this guy on the way in passing a couple of feet away. Not sure how healthy he was since I noticed zero movement after we stopped to gawk and after returning with my camera. Appears to be a Colorado Desert Sidewinder.


sidewinder2 by tomteske, on Flickr


Colorado Desert Sidewinder by tomteske, on Flickr

Made it into Carrizo Creek and only saw a couple sets of (ATV) tracks in the entire wash which as you know is rare. Actually, there were lots of tracks but they were animal. Looked like 1-2' of water had passed through in the recent past probably with Friday's storms.


Single Track by tomteske, on Flickr


Tracks by tomteske, on Flickr

Two guys on ATVs. They had been down to the marsh and said the water was about three feet deep.


ATVs in Vallecitos by tomteske, on Flickr

Turned up Seco del Diablo and saw no vehicle tracks. Drove as far as the seep and decided to turn around.


The Seep at Seco del Diablo by tomteske, on Flickr


Up Seco del Diablo by tomteske, on Flickr


Seco del Diablo by tomteske, on Flickr

Ended up driving in Bow Willow Creek which wasn't exactly the best way towards S2 since there's usually lots of silt now interspersed with mud. Had a few dicey moments but no real problems. Took a brief drive down S2 and then into Carrizo Canyon. The sky was really starting to darken and rain was falling up canyon. Figured we'd drive up till it got rocky and wait to see if anything materialized.


Carrizo Wash by tomteske, on Flickr

We made it to the east fork and then it started to pour. Only lasted about fifteen minutes and pretty much stopped.


East Fork Downpour by tomteske, on Flickr


Chair Puddle by tomteske, on Flickr


Blossum by tomteske, on Flickr

We decided to walk over to the deepest channel to see what if anything was happening and heard a familiar sound. Click the link to see the Carrizo Canyon Flood, er, some water smile


http://www.flickr.com/photos/tommy750/9594588723/

Lake forming behind tamarisk branches smile

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tommy750/9594596385/

With the sky clearing and the sun peaking through, we knew the Great Carrizo Flood of 8-25-13 was not to be. But as always, was good being out in the desert again. Enjoy. Tom


Carrizo Sun by tomteske, on Flickr
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dsefcik
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8/26/2013
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Glad you were able to make it out, I wanted to also but had too many things here at home to take care of...nice report Thumbs Up

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surfponto
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8/26/2013
surfponto
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Great Trip Report
Funny looking at the satellite shot in first picture and then reading your account of what actually transpired. smile
Bummer about the trash in canyon Sin Nombre. Have not seen that before either.

Looks like my Land Cruiser will finally be back in commission next Saturday..fingers crossed

Been really missing going out to Borrego.
Been living vicariously thru you guys and your trip reports for the past few months.

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ziphius
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8/26/2013
ziphius
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Great trip Tommy and I loved the video! smile Next time, bring one of those plastic toy army men with you and prop it up in your field of view for some scale perspective! What a flood!

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tommy750
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8/26/2013
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Jim (ziphius) wrote:
Great trip Tommy and I loved the video! smile Next time, bring one of those plastic toy army men with you and prop it up in your field of view for some scale perspective! What a flood!



Exactly! If we came up with zero video, were thinking of staging a shot with toy cars swept away by a gallon of muddy water smile
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tommy750
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8/26/2013
tommy750
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surfponto wrote:
Great Trip Report
Funny looking at the satellite shot in first picture and then reading your account of what actually transpired. smile
Bummer about the trash in canyon Sin Nombre. Have not seen that before either.

Looks like my Land Cruiser will finally be back in commission next Saturday..fingers crossed

Been really missing going out to Borrego.
Been living vicariously thru you guys and your trip reports for the past few months.



Pretty hard predicting where the rain will fall! As soon as we left, El Centro, it started pouring there and the streets were flooded. 86 flooded, 78 flooded, Mexicali flooded, S2 and Carrizo not so much. Next time. Good to hear your Land Cruiser is ready to head out. Tom
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8/26/2013
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Nice summer trip! Did you have any problems in canyon sin nombre? There is that one tight section which was washed out last year and a bit rough and rocky.
Also, I am in need of some new tires for my rig and I think you have the BFG all terrains, how did they do in the mud?
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tommy750
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8/26/2013
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Nolan (anutami) wrote:
Nice summer trip! Did you have any problems in canyon sin nombre? There is that one tight section which was washed out last year and a bit rough and rocky.
Also, I am in need of some new tires for my rig and I think you have the BFG all terrains, how did they do in the mud?


We both made it through the tight spot without much trouble. Agree, some years are better than others in that area. Driving your camper through there sounds challenging! Haven't had any problems with the BFG ATs. They seem to do pretty well in the mud but I've never had more aggressive tires to directly compare them with. Have about 25-30K on this set and they're holding up well. Hope that helps. Tom
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hikerdmb
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8/26/2013
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Nice pics and video. I need to get out there during one of these storms and see what it is like. Thanks for sharing.
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8/26/2013
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Local news shows S22 closed. 1"-2" in Borrego area today wink
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8/27/2013
ziphius
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Almost forgot..... nice sidewinder! I haven't seen one yet!

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