A couple of weeks ago Bob and I had the plan to head into Sand Canyon and visit Rodecker Flat, but instead we got distracted and went to the furthest reaches of the North Fork of Sand Canyon. Needing an easy hike, we decided to try again today.
Plodding along the easy trail, our bird of the day was just inside the wilderness gate -- a Eurasian Collared-Dove. Now, don't everyone get excited all at once. This invasive species has been seen in several of the canyons associating with houses. This one was blazing a new trail that cut people out of the loop. Let's hope it doesn't succeed as I don't want them everywhere I hike.
The annual flowers in the lower canyon were done for the year, but the perennials were starting their show. Flannel bush, desert peach, and Salvia dorrii were looking lovely and kept our minds off how dry everything else looked.
|Gray Pines and Owen's Peak|
|My hillside of yellow with the peak we would bag looming above|
When we got to the top, we found even better annual flowers, mainly Scale Bud and Coreopsis. Not only were they beautiful to look at; they smelled great too. So, with a flower display for me and mountains for Bob, we had our lunch break. It was fabulous.
|Bob the peak bagger|
|Scale Bud and a Coreopsis|
|Owens Peak beyond the flowers|
I expected the final dry part of the hike to be boring, but we found a couple of interesting reptiles - a Leopard Lizard, and then a Desert Tortoise at 3330'. Both allowed their photos to be taken. Very nice.