North McKittrick Canyon from its North Rim: Part 5 of 5
The gentle slope and beautiful vegetation near the top of the ridge we are ascending make the walk pleasurable:
One last rise, and when we come through this stand of healthy trees, we see the trail!
Views from along the trail are still nice views back to North McKittrick Canyon:
Some time later both eyes and feet are very please to see the loyal car patiently waiting for us:
BUT: the dear thing has a malfunctioning lock system as my wife has oftentimes pointed out and I chose not to believe. I unlocked the passenger side, threw in all our gear, and keys (!) and phone, and slammed the passenger door to come around to the drivers' side to head home. I take but half a step and "click!" Doors are locked! No one around for at least 16 miles. No phone so no way to walk a few miles down the road until there is signal. So what are my choices?
ONLY ONE: SMASH OUT A WINDOW, and drive home!
I used about a 12 pound rock and smashed repeatedly, then with all the force I could muster, and it finally broke into a zillion pieces.
But we got home. What lesson did I learn? "Listen to Audrey?!" Yes, I will.
See you next time!
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