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dsefcik
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12/27/2014
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5 Days of backpacking with Craig was a blast, we did a big loop from Indian Valley, thru Canebrake, over to Potrero then straight over to Agua Caliente and finished up going thru Inner Pasture back to Indian Valley. We spent a full day exploring the upper reaches of Potrero Canyon and found some good running water. Beautiful weather and clear starry nights and some wildlife...a perfect trip!

My new Sil Nylon tarp up on Egg Mtn for the looming rain the first night but never got any. We met up and spent the first night (of 6 total) car camping on Egg Mtn


Anybody see these new wind turbines in Mexico? I just noticed them this trip driving thru Jacumba, Looks like the Sunrise Power Link is right there with them


Another beautiful sunset over Sombrero Peak, hard to get tired of these


Kicking it with some beers at night we had a small kit fox poking around our camp, we threw him a couple pieces of fresh bread and he seemed no stranger to getting handouts




Also hard to get tired of beautiful sunrises, here the moon is joining the sunrise near Carrizo Mtn


And turning around you get Sombrero Peak again


Out in Canebrake


Saw several tarantulas this trip, does anyone know how to tell male/female?


Even had a baby crawl up under my sleeping bag for the night


Some nice flora






A cool micro inch worm


I thought this was cute, a Mama and a baby wind blown brush team


Never know what you will find out in the desert


A couple nice projectiles




Here is Craig heading up the saddle from Canebrake to Potrero


Up at the top you can look north and see Toro Peak way off in the distance, a pretty cool view!


Found another old ranchers/cowboy camp. This one had a shower, tub and a makeshift kinda kitchen with faucet


Hey, what can I say...? You notice my new Dirty Girl Gaitors? They are awesome!!


Some gorgeous starry nights


And even a shooting star


Milky Way


An interesting combo of scat on the trail


Found an ejection seat from a military plane. I have heard rumors of a plane wreckage in the area, that may be another trip to find the rest of it




The last day sunrise on Redtop before we head back into Indian Valley where my truck was parked



Total Mylar Ballons this trip - 12 (1 not pictured)



More photos on my gallery here, way too many to show on this post...hope you enjoy!

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12/27/2014
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Another great trip report, Daren. That's a great view from the saddle looking into Potrero. For some reason I'm thinking you found room in your pack for bubble bath this time out smile
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12/27/2014
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Great trip Daren. Does the tarp set up so it is more closed off? Looks like you could get wet if the wind changed directions. How far was this hike? Very beautiful area.
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12/28/2014
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Looks like a neat trip. Every time i'm in the area i always drive up Egg mtn but have never camped on it. I wonder if you took any star images to the south around midnight? If so you probably have an image of comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy.

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12/28/2014
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Very cool trip report! Great photos!

I spent Friday in upper Coyote Canyon, hiking through Middle Willows.
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12/28/2014
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Love that Ocotillo / Milky Way shot! Looks like an epic adventure. - Jim

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12/28/2014
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Hard to beat the views of egg mountain! Like the pacifico and drainage trench Near your shelter. Is that a cigar in your hand in the hot tub? Never seen a baby tarantula, nice. Ejection seat, What a trip! Can't wait for the next one smile
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12/29/2014
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As always, it looks like you had another interesting trip. As a fellow user, I can attest to the awesomeness of Dirty Girls, however its always awkward when a fellow hiker asks "Who makes those gaiters?" Ok, here we go... wink
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12/30/2014
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Daren,
Great photos and always enjoy the wildlife pics. Lazer eye for finding those arrow points! I would have to be on my knees nowadays to find those! Great shooting star picture!
Great TR
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1/2/2015
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Andy wrote:
As always, it looks like you had another interesting trip. As a fellow user, I can attest to the awesomeness of Dirty Girls, however its always awkward when a fellow hiker asks "Who makes those gaiters?" Ok, here we go... wink
Or wait until the spouse asks "what is this 'Dirty Girls" charge on the credit card???' haha...explain that..!! Andy, PM your email address if you want to know more about the water sources out there.

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1/3/2015
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hikerdmb wrote:
Great trip Daren. Does the tarp set up so it is more closed off? Looks like you could get wet if the wind changed directions. How far was this hike? Very beautiful area.
The tarp can be setup anyway you like, I used a similar one in the Sierras in an A Frame shape between trees. It is light weight and can be used for shade or rain/wind shelter. Total trip mileage was probably about 35 miles or so, I sold my GPS a few months back so I don't track anything anymore.

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1/3/2015
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Nolan (anutami) wrote:
Hard to beat the views of egg mountain! Like the pacifico and drainage trench Near your shelter. Is that a cigar in your hand in the hot tub? Never seen a baby tarantula, nice. Ejection seat, What a trip! Can't wait for the next one smile
No, no cigar...not my style....next trip report on the way, just got back from 6 days in the Turtle & Orocpia mountains.

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1/3/2015
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Florian wrote:
Looks like a neat trip. Every time i'm in the area i always drive up Egg mtn but have never camped on it. I wonder if you took any star images to the south around midnight? If so you probably have an image of comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy.

-Florian
I think midnight I was asleep, most shots were either early evening or early morning...I think I had a few around 1-2am and they were pointing towards the south/south west skys, I posted one of them, it had Orion in it.

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1/4/2015
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dsefcik wrote:
I think midnight I was asleep, most shots were either early evening or early morning...I think I had a few around 1-2am and they were pointing towards the south/south west skys, I posted one of them, it had Orion in it.


The comet might have been down in the bushes below Orion but i couldn't tell for sure. Here is some info on where to find it. Will be very well placed in January and should make for nice photos later in the month after the moon sets ..

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/binocular-comet-lovejoy-heading-c2014-q2-lovejoy-1211142/

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