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Hahah. We were equal parts totally into it and laughing at ourselves. Here's the "behind the photo" shot.
A few comments. One of the benefits of winter hiking in the park is the absence of insects and critters. So what you experienced was the norm for this time of the year. Boot Spring is very easy to find if you know where to look; the back side of the cabin there is a sign and short trail that descends down into the canyon, look for the pipe with water trickling out of it. Shorts vs long pants, yes, this is always the debate however, if temps are above 70 degrees and full sun, long pants can get really hot, however you will sacrifice your legs especially if doing any off trail walking. So most folks wear pants with zip off legs for both situations.
Are you better friends for having made the trip together?
I think it's beautiful. Something about it simultaneously captures the camaraderie, the craft, the optimism, and the whimsy of your group. Just puts a smile on my face. I have a few similar pics that feature my personal pack, my then-elementary-school-aged daughter's pack, and my then-kindergarten-aged son's pack lined up side-by-side like Goldilocks' graduated porridge bowls. Someday I'm gonna frame one of those.
My young daughter always insisted that that boulder on the Colima Trail was a girl. "How can you tell?" I asked her. "'Cause she has a bow in her hair," she'd reply.
There was a cabin? Is it on the Pinnacles Trail before the Boot Canyon/Juniper Canyon junction? That's the one bit of the loop we didn't take since we got off on Colima and back on from Boot Canyon.
Here ya, go, Ridz......Goldilock s' porridge bowls from 2009. Ages seven and four.
Great report. Did you have a bear can? We did the OML in early November and ran into 1 bear
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