A Rainy Day Hike in Blue Canyon March 5, 2016 3

IMG_1878I 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 call this the trail tripper, because if your foot gets caught your face will meet the trail

I call this the trail tripper, because if your foot gets caught your face will meet the trail

New growth.

New growth.

Forbush Camp. The place of my first backpack trip...40 years ago!

Forbush Camp. The place of my first backpack trip…40 years ago!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raindroplets on blooming sage.

Raindroplets on blooming sage.

Love the red bark!

Love the red bark!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blooming apple trees in the meadow at the old Forbush homestead.

Blooming apple trees in the meadow at the old Forbush homestead.

This tree was full of black acorn "heads."

This tree was full of black acorn “heads.”

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Look Mom, no hands!

Look Mom, no hands!

Looking down into Blue Canyon. So many different colors of green!

Looking down into Blue Canyon. So many different colors of green!

 

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.

 

 

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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!

 

 

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This mushroom was forcing its way up onto the trail

This mushroom was forcing its way up onto the trail.

 

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.

 

 

IMG_1903HAPPY TRAILS!

3 thoughts on “A Rainy Day Hike in Blue Canyon March 5, 2016

  1. Reply Melissa Mooney Mar 8,2016 8:43 pm

    Nice hike! That trail-tripper is called Dodder in botanical language, and those things on the beautiful rocks are lichens. But of course, you already know that….:-)

    • Reply thebrenner@icloud.com Mar 9,2016 6:20 am

      I knew you would tell me the name of the trial tripper. Dodder. I might even remember that! And you are right, I do know the lichen.

  2. Reply Les Mar 29,2016 4:38 am

    Impressed with how you balanced the umbrella on the pack. Nice photos – the droplets on the sage and on the web…..and I’m likin’ that lichen too!

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