What was I thinking?
Trip Start Aug 06, 2009
25Trip End Sep 03, 2009
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I load up the twenty-plus pounds of camera gear, water, snacks and I head out on the trails, not the paved roads, the gravel ones. The beach will be my first stop on the way to the Canyon of Ferns , which will be an 8 mile-one way trip. The first mile is easy. Then I start to go down hill, not for a little bit but for about a couple of miles. Of course it then hits me that I will have to come back up these roads with the gear, not to mention the fact that I have been passed by about 5 cars on the way down.
I finally make it down to the beach but the fog is thick and it’s a little overcast, on to Canyon of the Ferns. The roads are bumpy as all get out, reminding me of a certain bike ride in Tuscany, but at least they are level. Making good time until I turn a corner, coming face to snout with the
On the way back I see the elk males have been reunited with the does, let the pheromones flow!
I get back to camp, giving my self a few minutes to let the blood back into my butt cheeks, before I pack the car and hit the road. It is a long painful ride through the mountains to get to Yosemite caused by more road construction and an army of behemoth camp vehicles. I make a decision to stop for the night in Modesto, just a few hours from Yosemite and then tackle the rest of the drive in the morning. Besides, I need to soak in a tub and wash the stink of elk machismo off my skin.
Where I stayed
Elk Prairie Campground