First, a few images from last week: Deep Springs College, most unique and remote (4 1/2 hours on good roads from Las Vegas, 30- plus miles from the nearest bar!) small college/ cattle ranch in the nation, where Niki is now working, and a few by Jack of our visit to the grove of bristlecone pines nearby, where I was pleased to find out I can still hike up and down and walk around sans cane at over 10,000 feet-- maybe I will yet hunt chukar out there. Only thing we missed was Deep Spring's endemic toad-- the road, in this driest of dry valleys, was flooded, and a hike 2 miles down and back up with Jack carrying Eli in a broken pack did not seem like a bright idea...
|Blocked road to toads|
|The toad itself|
|Me contemplating bristlecone, and...|
|... hiking down the trail below, with Eli running in pursuit (last two by Jackson Frishman).|