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11/13/2014
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Veterans Day solo backpack trip out to Rockhouse Canyon in Carrizo Gorge. Was supposed to go with Tom but he couldn't make it. Took the new Fuji XE-1 camera, I still don't feel in command of it yet, especially with the night and star photos. The camera works quite differently then my Sony DSLR cameras. Biggest problem I noticed was it seems to focus past infinity but of course I couldn't tell until I got home and looked at the pictures. Good trip, found the palm oasis and stopped by the pictograph site. The old ranchers shack is still standing.

Remnants of the old road into the canyon before the park put the bollards up


I got in late at night and started looking for a place to put my sleeping gear down and found this guy


Not proud of any of these star shots, I need to dial in the new camera and it's settings






Moonrise


Here is a photo of the ranchers shack from an April 1947 Desert Magazine article and below is one I took on this trip. Much of the ocotillo still stands but one in particular right behind the shack is now gone.




And some random shots inside the shack










So now for the real agenda of the trip....follow the water pipe from the trough up the mountainside and see where it goes




Along the way I found a Sky Blazer that expired in Oct 1961




Those damn ranchers were tough, that pipe went up 1,000+ feet to a palm oasis up on the ridge


I lost the pipe in several places and it is now since broken apart but I could find sections all the way up to the palm grove




Awesome views of Carrizo Gorge and the desert floor up at the palm grove


Some artifacts along the way


Figured I would stop and check out the pictographs while I was out that way










Total Mylar Balloon count this trip - 3 (sorry, no picture)

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Nice trip Daren. Wish I could have made it. Me thinking I had Veteran's Day off was wishful thinking. Nice point. That spring from your view down the valley is higher that I thought!
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tommy750 wrote:
Nice trip Daren. Wish I could have made it. Me thinking I had Veteran's Day off was wishful thinking. Nice point. That spring from your view down the valley is higher that I thought!
Yep, caught me a bit off guard when I rounded the corner of the ridge...almost dropped my pack to climb up but stubborn me kept it on all the way up and lucky me I had my 500mm lens in there Whaaaaa?. Topo shows it about 1,000' up.

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11/14/2014
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Nice trip and tarantula Daren. Any surface moisture at the spring? Animal tracks? I count about 40-plus palms in the immediate area from aerial photos, must be significant water below the surface. Wonder if the ranchers utilized mules to help drag the pipes uphill.

Looks like there is a potentially nice flat and sandy camp area above the spring at about 3200 ft. I like that photo looking out of the shack window.

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11/14/2014
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Great pics as always, thanks for sharing. looks pretty rugged and remote out there. BTW, I think that SkyBlazer was Lot# 61 and expired in Oct. 2010. wink
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11/14/2014
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Nice pictographs. I've never been to those.
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11/14/2014
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herofix wrote:
BTW, I think that SkyBlazer was Lot# 61 and expired in Oct. 2010. wink
You are correct of course, no way that thing is from 1961...!

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11/14/2014
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Jim (ziphius) wrote:
Nice trip and tarantula Daren. Any surface moisture at the spring? Animal tracks? I count about 40-plus palms in the immediate area from aerial photos, must be significant water below the surface. Wonder if the ranchers utilized mules to help drag the pipes uphill.

Looks like there is a potentially nice flat and sandy camp area above the spring at about 3200 ft. I like that photo looking out of the shack window.
Didn't see a single drop, all dry but lots and lots of tracks going up to the grove. I didn't get down into the grove, it was way too thick with sumac and such. There was a big bird that flew out, not a hawk, maybe falcon not sure. I could see the pipes disappear into the grove. Didn't see any other folks out there except the CCC guys clearing Tamarisk.

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11/14/2014
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Great view from up high. Nice pics as always. I need to get out there.
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11/17/2014
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Neat trip report. Nice glyph photos. Where they near a old water source? Old spring or creek perhaps. The whole area was much wetter in past ice age advances and retreats. I have never seen a quartz like artifact like that out in ABDSP. Neat!
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11/17/2014
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rockhopper wrote:
Neat trip report. Nice glyph photos. Where they near a old water source? Old spring or creek perhaps. The whole area was much wetter in past ice age advances and retreats. I have never seen a quartz like artifact like that out in ABDSP. Neat!
The whole area is pretty much a water source, I am sure before the ranchers and cattle moved in there was plenty of water from the natural springs. Even Carrizo Gorge had some water this last weekend, not much but there was some for animals to drink.

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11/22/2014
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Definitely one of my favorite areas of the Anza Borrego region. Never get tired of checking out the Rockhouse cabin.
Never did follow that water pipe. Crazy it goes all the way up the ridge.

Didn't we do that hike in the summer once Daren?

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11/29/2014
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surfponto wrote:
Definitely one of my favorite areas of the Anza Borrego region. Never get tired of checking out the Rockhouse cabin.
Never did follow that water pipe. Crazy it goes all the way up the ridge.

Didn't we do that hike in the summer once Daren?
Yep, 105 degrees...I said I would get back and follow that pipe one day...wink

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