Took a few days off from work and did some day hiking with Gary. We hit up Pinyon Mtn and Grapevine Mtn VABM's. We also spent a day hiking around Cottonwood Canyon.
B/W photos are from an Olympus OM-4 with Rollie Retros 80s film developed in Rodinal.
View of Granite Mountain from Pinyon Mountain
Gary reading the Pinyon Mountain register
Looking towards Borrego Springs
Sunset at our campsite off Pinyon Mtn Road
Here is the GPS track for the hike
Grapevine Mtn VABM
GPS track for the Grapevine hike
Found this rattlesnake dead, only signs of trauma was a smashed head...recent. I would half speculate someone or something smashed his head and left him for dead....sad.
There are several dry falls going up the drainage we took, all passible with a little effort. Here is Gary on the last one near the top
The Grapevine Mtn register is still there, over to the right of Gary in the picture under some rocks
Bitter Creek Spring bathtub
Gary at the top
Cottonwood Canyon is an interesting place and worthy of a day of exploring. Purchase a day parking permit at the Butterfield store for $5 and you can park on their property and hike in.
Water Tanker wheel, spokes are made of wood
There are many old cattle troughs out in Cottonwood Cyn
Several beautiful cottonwood tree patches are in the canyon. They are very peaceful to sit under and just listen to the wind whip thru their leaves...hard to leave those cottonwood trees.
A couple of water tankers we found
An old stone flume in one of the drainages
This guy had an upset tummy
I spent an extra night out in the desert and camped out near the Shake VABM
View from the Shake VABM
The Shake resgister does not see a whole lot of visitors
Total Mylar Baloons this trip - 9