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ziphius
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1/4/2015
ziphius
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Alex and I spent three nights camping and hiking. Cold night temperatures in the low 30s. We were lucky to be there before the post-Christmas cold front arrived! Parked on Christmas morning and then hiked just over 8 miles to our camp area. Some minor rock scrambling and topo-checking to make sure we were taking an efficient route. Occasional rock ducks along the way. They tend to spoil the connection with the terrain, spoon-feed the hiker so to speak. Some folks consider them a safety feature, I think they turn your brain off to your surroundings and make you complacent. Credit to Alex for making me think more about the role of ducks/cairns in the backcountry. There is surface water and an oasis not more than 0.5 mile from the parking lot.

Views to the Lagunas on the hike in:

Everyone likes yuccas unless you have any distance to walk through and around them:

Still beats traffic on the I-805 heh?
Shadows of the Sawtooth Mountains in the morning. I need to hike up to the ridgeline one early morning to get a killer view of these sharp shadows reaching across the valley floor.

Yoni

Bees were thirsty. Scale is everything, I wish I could find that much water, relatively-speaking.

If you were in the shade any time of the day, you had to have your jacket on:

We (Alex) found a few antlers:

Pictographs

Obsidian spotted by Alex:

Alex also spotted a fox at this same location, managed to point it out to me, I managed to never see it, alas, no photos.
Dried flowers near the saddle between The Potrero and Canebrake:


View towards Lagunas from saddle

Views from the saddle between The Potrero and Canebrake, looking north.


Other random views:


This was a ‘mylar tribute’ to someone that had passed away. ‘Floating towards the heavens’ is the last pleasant memory desired I imagine. ‘Stuck in a desert cholla and stuffed into the dirty backpack of a stinky guy with a beard’ is my final memory. We lost count on retrieved mylars after 7 or 8:

Leaving the valley on our last day, HDR photo:

A very fresh and wet scat found next to a cholla bomb near Squaw Canyon and Marsh Trail on the last day:


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dsefcik
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1/4/2015
dsefcik
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That little flower shadow photo is kinda cool, it reminds me of a Hollywood Street Palms shot or something....not sure why...smile

I think Craig and I found a companion mylar to your blue one, it was also the same blue, had hand written notes to someone starting with a "K" I believe. Top right corner in this photo



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AdventureGraham
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1/4/2015
AdventureGraham
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Great photos and nice write up on your trip. There's just so much to see and explore out there.
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rockhopper
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1/4/2015
rockhopper
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Glad you missed the "cold front" that came in and hasn't left yet :-o
Great photos and trail report!
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anutami
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1/4/2015
anutami
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thanks for sharing and Nice shots smile
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