|Desert Beetle enjoying pollen|
The next day I headed over to Clark Valley to finally see the petroglyphs located near the dry lake bed. Temperatures that day reached 97 degrees on my truck dash, it was hot and I ended up drinking close to 120 ounces of water for a 4 mile hike. I camped the last night in Blair Valley where I knew it would be cooler and it was 87 degrees when I arrived near 5pm. I ended up camping at the Pictograph trailhead and in the morning hiked down to see the pictographs and also Smuggler Canyon. These pictographs are well documented by all of the Anza Borrego Visitor information pamphlets and are actually pretty cool to go see. The road is a 5 mile hard packed dirt road passable by almost any vehicle in good weather. In fact the only people I saw showed up in a Honda Fit. They stayed briefly and then I had the whole area to myself until I left the next morning.
Total Mylar balloon count for 3 days of hiking....15
You can see more pictures of Indian Valley, Clark Valley and Blair Valley here
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the trip.
|Red Racer snake in Indian Valley|
|Fishhook Cactus in Indian Valley|
|Desert Beetle covered with pollen on a Wallaces Woolie Daisy|
|Turkey Vulture in Indian Valley|
|Desert Iguana posturing with his mouth open to appear larger as defense measure|
|Side-Blotched Lizard in Blair Valley|
|White-Crowned Sparrow in Clark Valley|
|Panorama of Clark Valley (click image to see full size)|
|Panorama of Smuggler Canyon (click to see full size)|
Be sure to check out all of the pictures from the trip here