19 May 2007
We determined that a short hike in a nearby canyon was a good way to start the day before driving to the airport. Besides, who wouldn't go hiking in the Mojave Desert on the cusp of summer?
The hiking crew slathered in sunscreen with walking sticks in hand: Sarah, Emily (in baby carrier), Juli, Alan, Gina, Lindsey, and Kari
A year ago, oldest daughter Christie had discovered a map indicating natural springs in the canyon. So, we went in search of signs of water...
This cluster of cottonwoods indicated that we were in the right spot. However, a very dry winter meant that no water was visible above ground.
It was the perfect spot to pause for a moment of rest. Sarah announced that it would make a fine camping spot. I had my doubts...
The return trip was fast and easy since it was all downhill. Sarah and Lindsey led the group.
We stoppped to explore the remaining ruins of homes long ago abandoned, probably due to the harsh conditions and lack of water in the area. Among the intricately contructed stairs and walls of rock was evidence that it has become a popular spot for paintball enthusiasts.