Day 2 on the ODT in pictures

September 6, 2019, day 2

North Sheephead Spring to Juniper Gulch, ~16.9 miles, ~26.2 miles total

Gabriel’s Day 2 pictures are here.

Sharing a few pictures and videos that I took with my camera and didn’t have easy access to while we were on trail.

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The ground stayed dry underneath our tent.

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Morning near Sheephead Ridge. Storm cells ahead. As we packed up this morning we could see lightning flashes and bolts crackle toward the ground in the distant west.

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The pungent scent of sage filled the morning – clean and promising.

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Clouds scrape the tops of the Sheephead Ridge peaks (~4500-4900 feet elevation).

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A sleepy snake encounter on the way down Painted Canyon’s wash. Probably a gopher snake.

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Descending Painted Canyon.

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Breakfast time under the rain umbrella.

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Gabriel and his breakfast shelter.

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Thistle in canyon.

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Trying to focus on the beautiful colors of the canyon walls and honeycomb formations and not the clouds and lightning crackles in the sky.

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The sky is still a little menacing as we exit Painted Canyon to drop toward Three Fingers Gulch.

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Cheery sunflowers!

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Upper Three Fingers Gulch and bright blue skies!

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A lovely, living natural source of running water in Three Fingers Gulch. The stream surfaces for 30 meters or so then runs back underground.

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A storm cell passing over as we near an unnamed canyon.

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Gorgeous and menacing at the same time. We’re supposed to be traveling in that direction.

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The formations of Let ‘Er Rip Canyon. Blue skies behind us. And soon enough the storm cell moved on…

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Ascending toward Juniper Gulch on the shoulder of Peak 4791.

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Looking down Juniper Gulch and across to Mahogany Mountain.

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A beautiful rock and juniper garden in Juniper Gulch will be home for the night!

 

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