I crept along fogged draped East Camino Cielo looking for the trailhead to park my car….I was certain I had passed it at least 50 times. But no. Finally when my front wheels hit the dirt road and my back wheels were still on pavement I knew I was at the right place. I would park my car here, walk back 3.2 miles along the paved road to Forbush trailhead. From here I would hike down to Forbush and hang a sharp right into Blue Canyon. I would walk down into Blue Canyon eventually hitting the trail that would climb almost 2,000 feet back to the dirt road where my car would be waiting. Not the best weather for a day hike but I had a window of opportunity and wanted to use it. A hike in a little drizzle, with a guarantee of a dry and warm car that would take me back home to a warm house and hot meal can be a wonderful hike.
I stopped here and ate lunch and listened to the rain drip, drip, drip from the trees. The creek next to camp has not seen enough water to make it flow in years. I don’t think this storm will get it flowing either.
Today was the perfect day to try out my new trekking umbrella. I got it to help keep the Sierra sun off my face…but keeping the rain off my head was a good idea too. I attached the umbrella to my pack so I could still use my trekking poles and it worked great! I felt a bit like Mary Poppins skipping down the trail.
I loved listening to all the sounds that the rain was bringing into the canyon. And everything smelled fragrant, flowers, leaves and dirt. And of course whenever the breeze died down I was surrounded by those pesky little black flies. I’m pretty sure I swallowed a few whenever I had a snack.
These rocks, rock!
By the time I got back to the car it was pouring and I was quite wet. It was also almost dark. I had to walk about a mile up the dirt road to my car and the road was one big mud puddle, rivulets of water, mud and rocks rushing to the edge of the road and tumbling down into the canyon, and maybe just maybe reaching the creeks below.