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tommy750
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9/29/2013
tommy750
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Wanted to see if we could make it all the way to the Pinyon Dropoff yesterday. Only made it to Hapaha Flat where it descends into Pinyon Wash before getting the "it's way past turn-around time" evil eye from my driving buddy. We started at Plaster City so it was already over 50 miles off road. Passed the ranger near Elephant Knees and he said there had been seven flash floods in the last couple months. Really green in Olla Wash and Hapaha Flat area. Lots of flowers, insects and grasses. Fish Creek above Olla Wash was much smoother than I recall but still had some large rocks in areas that added a few more scrapes to the Tundra underbelly. There were no tire tracks past Dave McCain Spring with the road a channelized stream bed.


Olla Wash Ocotillos. My friend Amy noticed the ocotillos are really straight and vertical or really convoluted. Some genetic difference? Who knows.

Olla Wash Ocotillos by tomteske, on Flickr

Upper Fish Creek tight spot.

Upper Fish Creek Squeeze by tomteske, on Flickr

Right next to the road, a rock seemed to have a strange motion. Not sure why that rock was special but you'd think the zillion lizards out there would have found it.


Butterfly Rock3 by tomteske, on Flickr


Butterfly Rock by tomteske, on Flickr

Still a few faded glyphs at Split Rock.


Split Rock Picto_yrd by tomteske, on Flickr


Split Rock Picto2_lxx by tomteske, on Flickr

Not sure if this is a picto or a historical graffito in the bottom center.


Split Rock Picto3_yrd by tomteske, on Flickr

Caterpillar.


Catepillar by tomteske, on Flickr

Heading home. Enjoy. Tom

Few more pics at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tommy750/sets/72157636002082846/


Hapaha Flat2 by tomteske, on Flickr
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DesertWRX
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9/29/2013
DesertWRX
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2 days ago we drove up to the intersection of Olla and Fish Creek. Could not see any tire tracks going up Fish Creek. Nice to see your pictures!
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tommy750
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9/29/2013
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DesertWRX wrote:
2 days ago we drove up to the intersection of Olla and Fish Creek. Could not see any tire tracks going up Fish Creek. Nice to see your pictures!


Yeah, we drove right into Olla by mistake since most of the tracks headed that way. Glad to hear you we're out there. Really pretty now. Tom
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9/29/2013
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Upper Fish Creek tight spot.

Upper Fish Creek Squeeze by tomteske, on Flickr

Last year I camped right at that spot and helped with some road work,







Love that area! Has to be one of my favorites. It wasn't too washed out from all the rain? How were the temps?
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tommy750
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9/29/2013
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Looks like that rocky step left an impression on a lot of us, Nolan smile That was actually the only real tough spot since a few of the boulders were a little too large as you know! Had to do some rearranging to get by. Were you able to get through the winding canyon upstream with your camper? Those vertical walls looked like a tight squeeze. Thought further upstream was better than last year since a lot of the melon sized rock had been covered up by a layer of sand. Temps were mid-upper 80's but dropped to 70 at dusk at Hapaha Flat. Tom
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9/30/2013
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Gorgeous 'pillar...can't believe how green it is out there. I wish had time to get out there right now....upset

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Ditto
Butterfly shot is great and the Ocotillo look amazing.

Way to put that Tundra in a hairy situation Tom.. smile

dsefcik wrote:
........ I wish had time to get out there right now....upset

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9/30/2013
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Very nice Tom! Those are California Patch butterflies! Quite the mysterious aggregation on that one rock. I forget what the caterpillar is... my girlfriend and I saw many of them in the Oriflamme Canyon area last week. Apparently, the natives ate 'em. smile
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9/30/2013
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Jim (ziphius) wrote:
Very nice Tom! Those are California Patch butterflies! Quite the mysterious aggregation on that one rock. I forget what the caterpillar is... my girlfriend and I saw many of them in the Oriflamme Canyon area last week. Apparently, the natives ate 'em. smile
edited by ziphius on 9/30/2013


Found it, the White Lined Sphinx Moth caterpillar. Internet is amazing. Would assume eating those is an acquired taste. Thanks for the butterfly ID. Agree, seemed weird seeing all of them on that rock. Maybe someone dumped out their coke or beer there smile Tom
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surfponto wrote:
Ditto
Butterfly shot is great and the Ocotillo look amazing.

Way to put that Tundra in a hairy situation Tom.. smile

dsefcik wrote:
........ I wish had time to get out there right now....upset

edited by surfponto on 9/30/2013



Sounds like you guys are in need of a vacation! Tom
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10/1/2013
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tommy750 wrote:
Jim (ziphius) wrote:
Very nice Tom! Those are California Patch butterflies! Quite the mysterious aggregation on that one rock. I forget what the caterpillar is... my girlfriend and I saw many of them in the Oriflamme Canyon area last week. Apparently, the natives ate 'em. smile
edited by ziphius on 9/30/2013


Found it, the White Lined Sphinx Moth caterpillar. Internet is amazing. Would assume eating those is an acquired taste. Thanks for the butterfly ID. Agree, seemed weird seeing all of them on that rock. Maybe someone dumped out their coke or beer there smile Tom


Maybe an animal took a pee on that rock and initiated a butterfly party. Looks like some tracks right near the rock...

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10/1/2013
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Found a bunch of these little yellow ones enjoying the damp soil...
edited by DesertWRX on 10/1/2013
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