Thursday, January 22, 2009

Water, Water Everywhere. Well, not quite.

Day Twenty Two
The desert is known for its dryness.  One dictionary definition of desert is: a dry barren area of land, esp. one that is covered with sand, that is characteristically desolate, waterless and without vegetation.  

It is obvious that the person who wrote that has never been to the desert.  While the desert can be dry, it is full of life.  There are robust plants and animals living in the desert and water can be found if you only know where to look.  

Today I went out and looked.

We started at the top of the La Quinta Cove.  A few public art pieces meet you at the trailhead.

The only bear you'll ever see in the Bear Creek area.

A big flounder caught in the cove Fish Trap.

The trail starts here.

There's an old Indian trail that leads up to an unnamed canyon.  It's seen a lot more traffic than the last time I hiked up here.

Some kind soul even added a sign.  Not that it's really needed.

Walking into the canyon

A not totally dry waterfall.

Looking down from above.  This water has been here for over five weeks.  It is the only water within miles.

A beautiful little red barrel cactus

More water upstream

Looking out of the canyon to the distant city below.

This is just one of the many little unnamed canyons around the desert.  We found water in this one.  Who knows what we'll find in the next?

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