I didn’t intend to take a short hike yesterday but I did and was very surprised at how well I did walking up the gentle ups and downs of this trail I’d been on several times in seven years here. It’s a heart condition that slows me down. It was so darn nice to hike again! What had me start walking was a literal busload of children showing up.
I had just set down on a picnic table to wait for some Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels and birds to get close enough for some good photos. The children exiting the bus about one hundred foot away was enough to change the animal’s behaviors such that I just got up and started walking uphill and away from the noise. I did my time with children!
I passed a few people and two couples along the trail. It still amazes me how people here are just not as friendly as the people in Michigan are. Say hello to some, you are totally ignored. Others acknowledge you and move on. Then the one woman with a helmet on, a small backpack and hiking poles came by. She said hello to me! Shocked!
These little poles along the trail are new, they weren’t here my last time out a good while ago. The BLM also placed large rocks along several areas of the trail to guide hikers away from areas they had been hiking in and shouldn’t have been. I’m glad to see efforts to preserve the natural beauty of the desert, of course I have a photo.