Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Our little feathered friends looked cold yesterday too. Note how his feathers...

A few more bird photos taken from our dinette window today. It's...




Some flowers along today's drive. The north end of Soda Lake is...

Soda Lake reflecting the mountins in the Caliente Range.

The lower, lighter colored hills is the Elkhorn Ridge; beyond is the...



Trail from the parking area to the fault.

Looking up the usually dry Wallace Creek.

The Z jog in Wallace Creek created by slippage on the San...


Flowers in the foothills of the Temblor Range taken from Elkhorn Rd.

Thistle sage. Much more beautiful than it looks in this photo.

There were large herds of cattle along Elkhorn Rd.

I think this guy is the boss!

Some flowers from our "garden" to brighten the house.

Poppies and Tidy Tips.

The campground has a horse corral and 4 guys with their horses...


(Ron Writing) Yesterday it was very cool, cloudy, and quite windy so we spent most of the day indoors. We did go for a couple walks around the campground to get a little exercise. Today it’s still cool but it was mostly sunny with beautiful white puffy clouds. Not much wind. We drove north back to the visitor center. On the way we found a spot where we could get on the internet and download our email. It was very slow but at least it worked. It was much too slow to try to do the blog and photos.

The visitor center was open and we enjoyed looking at the nice displays. We also signed up for a ranger guided tour of the Soda Lake area and the Painted Rock area tomorrow.

We then took a loop drive North on Simmier Rd where we had nice views of Soda Lake, then southeast on Elkhorn Rd. a short distance to the Wallace Creek Trail area. We took a short hike up to the San Andreas Fault and the area where slippage on the fault line has caused a very obvious realignment of Wallace Creek. We continued southeast on Elkhorn Rd. First it runs right on, or beside, the fault, then crosses the fault into the foothills to the east. It continues through the foothills where we saw quite a few cattle, beautiful thistle flowers, and nice views of the mountains. All of this route is on gravel and dirt roads but they were mostly in very good condition. About half way down the valley we took a right on San Diego Creek Rd and took it southwest back to Soda Lake Rd. and then back to the campground. We got back around 4 PM. There are several new campers tonight and among them is 4 guys with their horses. They just got back from a ride when we returned.

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