Ominous clouds on the drive out.
Turn here to start the journey.
Mary and Kaiel
Negotiating the '4-Wheel Drive' only obstacle in our FJ80 LandCruiser "Tubbs"
Beer and sandwich break at Dos Cabezas
Dos Cabezas water tower
How did he get up there ?
Kaiel climbs the tower.
First time we have seen so much green grass out here
Hey, who gave that 11 yr. old an axe?
Camp fires are a necessity once the sun sets in the winter.
Looking towards El Centro and the Salton Sea
Sunrise without camera flash
Desert sunrises are unsurpassed in their brilliance
Sunrise again with camera flash.
Don't turn here.
This is the right marker
Kaiel gets ready to start the 3 hour hike
The trail was easy to find in the beginning
Bob climbs to get a better vantage point. (we lost the trail)
Kaiel takes a breather after 30 minutes of climbing
Bob and Kaiel.
Notice Mortero Wash way down below? That is where we parked.
Once you reach the top a vast sea of cholla appears.
Trail is barely discernible. (it's to the right)
These trail markers (ducks) were crucial in finding our way since we did not have a GPS or a compass.
Where's the trail ?
The beginning of Goat Canyon is pretty evident.
Mary and Kai contemplate the best approach to descend into the canyon.
Down into Goat Canyon
Look closely, we were being watched the entire time.
Just when I pointed the camera the BigHorn turned and looked directly at me.
He looked like he wanted to say "What the heck are you doing way out here?"
Kaiel makes his way down
The first glimpse of the Goat Canyon Trestle is spectacular even from a distance.
Kaiel in front of Goat Canyon Trestle
We made it ! Actually the last 300 yards were pretty treacherous.
Goat Canyon Trestle is pretty overwhelming when you stand below it.
The reason for the trestle. The original collapsed tunnel in Goat Canyon
Goat Canyon Trestle Closeup
Starting the long journey back to the LandCruiser
Mary takes the slide approach
Cactus with attitude next to kid with attitude
Kaiel liked this tree as it seemed to grow directly out of solid rock.
Early season flowers on a barrel cactus
Kaiel resting at Mortero Palms
Water chute at Mortero Palms
Kaiel checks out the morteros