Day Forty One
Mount San Jacinto looking sublime under a fresh layer of snow.
The mountains were spectacular today with their new coat of fresh snow. I was already to go up and spend the day snowshoeing but one thing got in my way: life. Yes, things do not always work out the way I want them to.
First, I had to take the kids to school. Then, the Tram does not open until 10 a.m. so I'd have to wait for that. Finally, I had to be at work at 12 so my time was somewhat limited. What to do? I hightailed it east where I couldn't see all that snow. I went out by the Hayfield Dry Lake and I hike out to a little canyon there.
After a couple of wrong turns I get to the edge of the wilderness and head up toward the canyon I want to visit.
I see this large boulder with some petroglyphs on it. Seems like I came to the right place.
Up high on this hillside, it looks like an old mine. I'll have to come back and check that out another time.
As I enter the canyon I see this little dugout area and wonder if it's a mining test dig or has some other significance.
Just inside the mouth of the canyon is a nice panel of pictographs. Pictographs are painted onto the rocks rather than etched into the desert varnish like petroglyphs. They are under a little overhang and so have not been washed off although some have faded.
On this rock in the wash, there are two nice size bedrock mortars. There is also a lot of sand on this rock. I wonder.....
After a bit of excavation, I find other bedrock mortar, larger than the other two.
There are also a number of petroglyphs in the area. Hopefully, when I get more time I can come back and explore a bit more to see what else I can find.
On the drive home, I get a full view of the beauty of our snow covered mountains. I missed playing in the snow today but I got to explore a special place that I'm looking forward to returning to soon.