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tekewin
tekewin
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9/17/2018
tekewin
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It's still hot, but I was able to manage a half day for Solstice and Grunt.

Solstice was an overwhelmingly peaceful place. Unexpected. I really didn't want to leave. My favorite pictograph was the deer/bighorn/coyote? There are already a couple of reports on it so I won't dwell. My blog report doesn't give away the location.




After Solstice, I drove down Carizzo Creek Road toward Grunt. I didn't see a continuation of the road about a mile from the end so I just stopped and hiked from there. I found more of the road further down the creek. The round trip from where I parked ended up being about 5 miles instead of 3. I followed a side canyon on the west side before climbing. I set up the wooden pole that was down and left a pen with the register. There were a lot more signatures than I expected, though the register has been there since 1982 and is only half full.





The highlight of the day, though, was driving out from Solstice where I met two bighorn rams (can't say I haven't seen any this year now). One was bashing a barrel cactus to get to the juicy insides. He knocked a chunk off and ate it. They were very relaxed and unconcerned about me.





Bighorn Video


Looking forward to cooler weather soon so I can spend a whole day in the desert.
edited by tekewin on 9/17/2018
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Buford
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9/17/2018
Buford
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Nice. I’ve seen sheep in that same area earlier this year. They were not concerned about people until the bp came tearing through on atvs making a racket and the sheep bolted.
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ziphius
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9/18/2018
ziphius
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Nice trip report! Great sighting.
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ziphius
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9/18/2018
ziphius
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I wish I could get water and nutrients out of barrel cactus. smile
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tekewin
tekewin
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9/19/2018
tekewin
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Buford wrote:
Nice. I’ve seen sheep in that same area earlier this year. They were not concerned about people until the bp came tearing through on atvs making a racket and the sheep bolted.


Most of the I've run into sheep, they took off pretty fast, but maybe that was because I was with a group. I guess I'm not so fearsome on my own.
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tekewin
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9/19/2018
tekewin
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ziphius wrote:
I wish I could get water and nutrients out of barrel cactus. smile



Haha! For sure. I don't know why this surprised me so much. I haven't studied bighorns as much as I'd like.
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Britain
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9/23/2018
Britain
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Nice Hike.

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