Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
100Trip End Jun 04, 2012
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
The pond has been the site of various enterprises over the last two hundred and some years. There have been ranches nearby and thus a small group of houses, including a store and such.
The road to the area paralells Mexico Highway 2 and is separated by a sixty yard wide "no man's land". There is a fence designed to keep vehicles out of the monument, as well as a pedestrian fence to keep them on the other side
The area surrounding the pond is lush, with cottonwood trees and some old pomegranate trees also. The Park Service is trying to get the pomegranate trees back to life, but it looks like a difficult project. One is showing some green growth, but that's about all.
We saw several coots on the pond, as well as a pair of cinnamon teal ducks. These were new to me and I managed to get two good shots of them.
Back to the tour...there were ten of each in each van, led by a vehicle with two heavily armed rangers, just in case. Incidents involving tourists are nil up to now.
When returned, about four hours later, Lynn and I took a walk around the Desert View Trail. I took pictures with the phone and had some luck there. The view from the higher section was great. Our friend, the wind, has arrived again, so we had to be cautious in the open areas along the trail. We suffered no incidents and arrived back safely.
Now we sit in the coach and rock and roll with Moriah, the desert wind. A new group of folks has moved in near us and are extremely noisy, especially for this time of the day. Perhaps Moriah will extricate them in time. Thanks for coming back.