After an intense week of being out of down on business, I am looking forward to relaxing in nature. There are ten cars in the parking (aside from mine). It’s supposed to be in the 90s today, so an early start is a good thing.
Their leaves are mostly brown now. The stream from Darling Donna falls is flowing nicely across the trail. I am thoroughly enjoying the beauty of the canyon.
9:04 - The main creek is totally dry, as it has been for several months. My pace is casual as I saunter along, now back in full shade. As I approach the falls, it is eerily quiet.
9:23 - Fish Canyon Falls. There’s no one here. The falls are virtually dry with only a little moisture on its mossy face. The main pool is bone dry. The water level in the lower pool has risen with the recent rain, but is still stagnate with green scum.
On my trip in I noted a purple Mylar balloon hanging in a bay tree. I was wondering how it managed to get there since the canopy above is quite thick. As I repass the spot, I climb down the steep slope to retrieve the aerial litter hanging 12 feet above the ground.
12:04 - End hike. It’s 90 degrees and there are 11 cars in the parking lot (aside from mine).
Epilog - What an enjoyable hike in my beloved Fish Canyon…good people, relaxing exercise, changing seasons, rugged beauty. Nature has a way of recharging us. I’m guessing that my regular visits here are acclimating me to the off-season conditions. Various ones I met today were here for the first time, so they should have a real treat if they return in the spring. Meanwhile, we’ll see what two more months of fall brings. What a blessing to have such a wonderful treasure in my back yard.
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