Guadalupe NP

McKITTRICK CANYON (2)

I was hit by some sunlight while walking under the madrones that ended the previous page, and that gave rise to these next three photos:

OK, I was so smitten by these beautiful relict trees that I almost forgot to look up at the reef-exposure far above me:

It was near here that there was another creek-crossing, and this one had some water!

There is something strange about this creek, apparently the water is so loaded with calcium-carbonate that as it flows, evaporates and warms, it drops its calcite load on everything that sits in the water, coating it with a thin layer of limestone. That is likely the explanation for these strange shapes on the creek's bottom:

And it is definitely the cause for the repeated warnings not to disturb (walk in) the creek bed.

My hour was almost up so I turned around near this spot where there were more madrones for me to gawk at and touch:

Did I say I took no photos walking back to the car?  OK, I did take three, hurriedly: can you guess the subject?  Yup.

The yucca in the above photo is the kind that stores up food its whole life and then shoots a reproductive stalk into the sky into which that food then goes to feed the seed for another generation. Apaches in this area traditionally harvested the yuccas before they shot their reproductive stalk and roasted the food the plant had stored in its roots.  When roasted the food was called mescal.  Their eating mescal gave the Mescalero Apaches their name.

Please feel free to go to Dog Canyon with me now.

DOG CANYON (1)

DOG CANYON (2)

DOG CANYON (3)

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REVISIT McKITTRICK CANYON (1)

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