Friday: (04/01) We hiked out to Pine City. A couple of types of red flowers. The one on the left is very common, the one on the right rather rare.
We saw this horned lizard on the way out to Pine City.
It's an easy 1.5 mile trail out then you can hike down into and around a deep canyon there. There are lots of pine trees there, not seen much elsewhere in the park but I didn't see a city. Lou observed from the top.
This ant caught my eye. About a 1/2 inch long. red body and black head.
On the way back from Pine City we saw this chuckwalla. They are very large lizards, this one about 15 inches nose to tail.
The yucca plants are coming in to bloom.
Many of the bushes along the trail and most places in the park have these insect egg sacks on them. These were in full boom with lots of little caterpillars scampering about.
We also hiked out to the Queen Mine . It's a short hike out to an overlook. We both hiked down to the bottom where the mine is. The Queen Mine was one of the most productive in the area producing nealy 4000 ounces of gold. There are a couple of horizontal shafts and a lot of vertical shafts that make up the mine.
The small flowers on the left were all over near the mine. Tiny less than 1/4" blossoms. The cactus on the right iss different than most in that it appears to be flowering from the middle of the leaf rather than the from the rim.
A water pump at the mine seemed out of place in the desert. it would have been used to drain the mine. While I explored all the mine remnants and walked about a mile beyond on the trail Lou enjoyed the shade of a nice Pine tree. The trail beyond looks like a good candidate for a future hike with some extra water and lower temperatures.
Today was warm like yesterday.We relaxed at camp the rest of the day. Granola cereal and yogurt for breakfast. Cottage cheese and peaches for lunch and hot dogs for dinner.