Sunday, February 18, 2018

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Island - PAH BM

A couple of weeks ago when the temperatures in Ocotillo were hovering around 108 degrees Tom and I set out to try and find the PAH BM which lies on one of the final bumps of the north end of The Island....or so we thought. I was using a link from Peakbagger and CalTopo maps to locate the BM but they are not correct on those maps and Tom and I found out the hard and Hot way that afternoon.

We met up at Millers Garage and took the old highway until it turned into the sandy wash road which would cross under 2 bridges until the road ended at our steep rocky climb up.

At a flat open sandy spot near the top Tom was looking for rock art while I was checking out the view

At the top of peak 1740 we looked around for the PAH BM for about an hour and finally conceded it wasn't there, we must be looking in the wrong place. We found some shade and rested a bit, my thermometer in the shade showed 107.6. While we were discussing where the BM could possibly be my radio caught a SURCOM dispatcher call in a downed motorcycle 5 miles east of Ocotillo Wells and then changed it to 5 miles east of the Border Patrol, Tom says "that would make it in the Salton Sea"....well the rest of the dispatch was kinda funny

It was hot and we called it a day and headed back home empty handed except for the one mylar balloon we found, a Mothers Day left over.

With Tom's help I found the correct listing on the USGS site for the PAH BM and this last weekend I tried again to find it, in another 107 degree day.

I think I finally found a BM that the Monday Manics have not visited..!!

There are some great views of Ocotillo and the windfarm...and a Turkey Vulture flew into view and buzzed close enough I could take a photo with my phone

I decided to try a selfie of me blending in with the desert environment

Driving home I noticed it looked like they finally replaced the Old Highway Cafe sign in Ocotillo

--Original sign

--New sign

Total Mylar Balloons for both trips - 2


Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Island - Inko BM

Headed back out to The Island yesterday to try and find the Inko Benchmark. It is one of several that are not marked on most maps but can be found as peak 2222 on the USGS topo maps. It was another hot day out, probably 100+ again. I parked where some shooting debris was and headed up into the boulders eventually picking up an old indian trail that had several roasting pits along the way. Some great views and this was another seldom visited BM as the register was only 2 small pages with a few sign ins....Monday Manics strike again.

Most of the route was straight thru SDG&E power lines, this is some rugged terrain.

Here is one of the hadnful of roasting pits I found with the powerline tower in the background

Great views up on the Inko peak, here is looking at the windfarm in Ocotillo

Highway 8 west and Devil BM peak

Here is looking south at Myer Valley and Slant Peak

There was one mine pit near the peak, there is supposed to be another but I did not see it.

Pottery, slicks, mortars, metates, etc all checked in this trip as well

Wildlife noted were a variety of birds, lizards, antelope squirrels, the rest had the good sense to hide in the shade for the day.

Total Mylar balloons this trip - 0 (we must be making a dent in them!)