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Great photos and TR Cookie, thanks for sharing. Look forward to the "rest of the story"...I don't know what it is about Elephant Tusk - I find that geological feature fascinating and unique; for me, one of the very special places at BIBE. Wayne
Hey Cookie: That long slender aquatic worm is known as a "Horsehair Worm" (Google that and you will find lots of information on them). I used to call them BigBendArseWorms because they look like they could invade a human body but they are parasites on insects and other invertibrates. They have a very strange lifecycle, the worms lay eggs in the water, eggs hatch into larvae, crickets and grasshoppers drink water & get larvae inside them, larvae grow to full-size worms inside the gut of the insect, insect goes crazy and drowns itself in water, worm leaves insect and lays eggs in water. Once the worms are in the water they apparently do not eat anything but may be absorbing food through their skin/shell somehow. This is an active area of research because it's unclear how such large worms can live as adults without ever eating anything? Next time you see them in a pool of water look for dead grasshoppers in the water nearby. Fortunately they do not infest humans, one more reason to use a water filter! TWWG
I awoke at 2:00 a.m and had to go immediately to the computer to see if you had posted another chapter of your epic trek; I was not disappointed! Thanks for "blazing the trails" and describing places that I shall never see, and giving me confidence to return to those sites (and sights) that I hold dear. QSP.S.: Congratulations to "Bubbling Thunder"!, (aka"BT"
Like QS, my first thoughts on an early morning were to log on to the Trip Reports for your next installment. Beautiful photos Cookie! The first one grabbed me and the others are equally beautiful.
Cookie, several belly laughs! Exceptionally well told and great pictures which is not to reduce your achievement in selecting and accomplishing this hike. There's just something about ET, its remoteness, geology, views plus finding and relying on its desert sources of water! Thank you for letting us in on it and sharing it so well. AlP.S. I think you might give Randall a run for his money on the quality of your trip reports.
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