Lunch with Llamas

An excellent hike today up near the Pilot Hill area off of Salmon Falls Rd and Hwy 49 at Cronan Ranch. My kids and I hiked with the American River Conservancy group and some folks from Vacaville with Llamas. Overall, a pretty easy hike about 2-3 miles to the South Fork of the American. Water is still flowing and a few ripples. Even deep enough for a lone Kayaker today. The kids were able to lead the llamas round. Ended the hike with a view of parasailors floating off of a nearby hill.


Palisade Creek Lost

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I finally got a chance to do a more difficult trail sans kids. I had this idea that I would take advantage of a neat trail I had heard and read about. I was all excited to finally get down the the Upper North Fork and explore some of the river bed in this area and witnessing some spectacular scenery.

My expectations were suddenly devastated after I lost sight of the Palisade Creek Trail that comes off the right side of a granite face. I searched all over along the creek that the trail is supposed to run down, however, I never found it. I also ended up more East than I intended when I went searching for it, so about an hour of my 4 hr hike was spent bushwhacking in the manzanita. Cursed Manzanita...evil, vile! Looking at the topos and coming off the granite face, I was not sure if I was too far West or East of the trail. I thought I might cut over East since it "looked" kind of easy to traverse and it wasn't "that far." I was only about 1-2,000 meters from the said trail and thought I might go South to pick up the junction of the Palisade Creek and Long Valley trails. There is supposed to be a little upside down "heart shaped" lake that is also just East of the trail. I am pretty sure I came upon this (completely dry and full of dead grasses this time of year), but still could not see any indication of the trail. So I decided to head back, since I was beat from traversing manzanita hidden granite. Enough of that !#@$*, said I.

Luckily, I had my GPS and my Topo maps with me, which if I did not have, I would probably still be in the "thicket" of things.

Let this be a lesson to you....who am I lecturing. I was the idiot that got lost!

I finally made it back to where I lost the trail and had some deserved lunch. I was wiped out.

I hiked down the trail a little to about a 1/3 mi out from the parking area and I came across another "Bearing Tree for Section 32 in the Township 17N, Range 14E, XXX Topo Quad. The Bearing Tree is 83 links S72N.

A link is: "a traditional unit of distance used by surveyors, equal to 0.01 chain. In Britain, one link is exactly 0.66 feet, or 7.92 inches, or approximately 20.12 centimeters. In the U.S., both 66-foot and 100-foot chains have been used; for a 100-foot chain the link is the same as the foot." University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Units of Measurement Dictionary

I did see some pretty country and an interesting geographical feature.

Next time, I will be sure and go with at least one other person, so I can't blame getting lost on myself.

Palisade and the North Fork will have to wait, yet another day.

NMC (not feeling too cartographica on this one)

Compost Bin ca. 2009

My new compost bin is finally completed. It took me several weekends to complete since I deviated from my project to go hiking in the various places mentioned below. The plans came from a Lowe's site that I found in a Google search. Pretty sturdy. I did not put in a wooden bottom as per the plans, but left it open. I did put in the middle support, though. The top sides and middle are open to the elements to allow moisture and air circulate and keep the critters out. They are made from 1/4" x 36" roll of "hard ware cloth." It will likely be found in the garden section of Home Depot or Lowe's.