Monday, December 10, 2018

A hike thwarted and moving day (again)

Yesterday afternoon Chris and I decided to check out the small slot canyon just up Senator wash a ways. I wasn't sure how dry it would be after the rains a few days ago but we figured we would give it a go anyway. If you want to check, the coordinates are 32.9060,-114.5185. This wash has 2 slot canyons that are about 350 to 400 M long. The wash splits at the West end and the 2 canyons come back together at the downstream end. We tried the left or South fork first but only got 40 or 50 metres in before we found it flooded.

Downstream end of the 2 slots

We were a bit more successful on the North fork but again after a couple hundred metres it too was still flooded. As we didn't bring any hip waders, we elected to return and try again another day. I expect it may be a week or 2 before it dries out enough to allow passage the whole length.

Today we pulled up stakes at Imperial Dam and moved over to Mittry Lake. As the crow flies, it's only about 10 Kms but over quite a rough road. We also had to dump tanks and refill our water so all told it took us about an hour and a half. We are set up very close to where we were last year. I think I like this spot just as much or more as we are kinda tucked back in corner.

After setting up, I went for a short hike and after climbing up the rocks nearby took this shot looking back at our campsite. As you can see, there are a few other rigs here. We are the 5th wheel on the right. Don and Glenda Wicks who were at Borrego Springs with us are on the far left. The trailer in the lower left is a guy named Al and his wife Elma(?) from Ladysmith. In the orange tent is a self described hobo named Joe. Not sure who the other 2 rigs are yet. There are also a half dozen or so  other rigs off to the left of this shot.

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