|We searched the sides of the canyon all day, but there was no sign |
of the elusive creature.
|Sheila: photographer, birder, adventurer.|
While it's true that Sheila and I went to Pinnacles for an enjoyable day hike, we really wanted to see a California Condor. (Sheila is a "birder" and this was a perfect opportunity to add to the life list.) Unfortunately, the day was pleasant and cool, the first real fall day here in Central California - weather-wise. What that meant was without some heat there were no thermals rising up the sides of the canyons. That means pitiful conditions for soaring, and nothing was, no regular buzzards, no eagles, nada. Oh well, maybe some other day, because we really will go back. The hike was a lot of fun. We chose to go up the Bear Gulch trail to a small reservoir that was created when the CCC built a dam across the top of the canyon (gulch?) in the 1930s. The hike took us through some talus caves that in some spots required not only a flashlight, but for this big guy to get on hands and knees. All-in-all a great place to visit if you are every in the neighborhood.
I've included some pictures of our day at Pinnacles, but also a video from YouTube that shows you what the park has to offer:
|This sign warns you before you go in...|
|And eventually come out through here...|
|To see this, and hope we don't have an earthquake right now.|
|At the top of the canyon you find the Bear Gulch Reservoir.|
|We have to assume that this is how "Pinnacles" got its name.|
|Perfect big black bird habitat, but none to be found on this day.|
|After a wonderful day, Jim and Sheila leave Pinnacles National Park, with|
a photo-bombing buzzard, the California Condor that they never saw. ;-)