Back in December I hiked up to Kendal Camp. It was a bit snowy for my taste, so after waiting a couple months, I finally got the opportunity to go again. Sadira said she would be up for a hike, so out we went. And what a beautiful day! 70 degrees and not very windy. It was a GREAT day for a hike. The climb up the hill was still steep, but MUCH easier than with snow over everything. The increased temperature also made me a little more interested in taking pictures. So of the 200+ exposures taken, I ended up with a whopping 24 keepers! Not too shabby.
Right at the saddle of Maverick and Tritle, Sadira spotted this little lizard hanging out getting some sun:
From there we took the steep trail up to Tritle:
While looking for some views Sadira decided to take some pics of the blooming juniper (and oddly, both of our noses started getting awfully sensitive right about then):
And then we found the sweet view. Looking south from Mt. Tritle. I took a giant panoramic shot (8 exposures), so you might want to click to get a little more of the full effect:
We also caught sight of a gnarled old juniper tree (I took a vertical pano):
And then one of my favorite photos of the day was created. I just barely saw some movement on the ground and froze. We looked around until we found this little friend. A horned toad who was so sure that he blended in with the rocks, that he didn't run. Even when my camera was 2 inches from him. AWESOME! Of course the dogs ended up wondering what we were doing, and chased him off:
As we came back down the mountain we almost passed by this little gem. A small hole in the ground that barely caught my eye. "Look Sadira, a cave!" If you listened you could hear water dripping:
After looking into it for a few minutes, and with all the alarm bells in my brain going off, I decided to put on the headlamp and go into this little hole in the earth to see what was down there. I was rewarded with some great pics, and finally got to use the flash on my camera!:
On the drive back to town we spotted this gargantuan machine. A tree-cutter:
Just look at the saw blade at the bottom of it! Cuts down whole trees in one fell swoop:
It was a great hike, and darn good company to boot!