A necessary photo stop in the middle of the desert. There was a creeeepy glass head filled with what looked like ashes at the base of the sign. I'll stick to teakettles, thanks.
Gathering at Ubehebe Mine
Everyone packing up and getting ready at Ubehebe mine at around 8:30 am.
Old mining equipment at the top of the hill.
The collapsed cabin
I think when we were here around 3-4 years ago the cabin was still standing, and I remember thinking that it looked like it would fall down at any moment.
Didn't have AAA
Sometimes I fear that this is how our Trailblazer will end up someday
A pretty intact hopper left over from the lead mining days of Ubehebe.
We begin our hike down to Corridor Canyon.
Starts off wide
The slanted rocks provided interesting scenery throughout the hike.
Still a wide wash-like canyon
When we walked past this boulder we saw that it was covered in fossils. We spent a while looking through the area - nearly every rock was covered in them!
Fossils with hand for size comparison.
Dave and Sooz climb around the hill looking for more fossils.
The canyon narrows
Right after the fossil deposits we started into a narrower section where the smooth rock appeared.
Sooz tries to slide down the slick rock. Whee!
Another duelling camera shot.
This is a sheep with a circle around it, also with some smaller goats/sheep inside the circle (not very visible in the photo). This is the glyph pictured at the end of this hike description in our Hiking Death Valley book.
A lone pictograph
Some not-so-recent carvings, but still old, from the original miners in the area
sheep falling off a cliff?
After spending some time at the petroglyphs we continued down the canyon.
Most of the water holes were dry.
Everyone photographing the cool rocks.
This was the typical terrain down the second half of the canyon
Getting a bit narrower...
Reaching a dryfall
Kathy at the top of a dryfall.
It was easier to get down this thing (jump!) than get up (needed a boost).
Sooz as she lands from her jump
(everyone ready to capture the moment on camera - don't screw up!) :)
Here comes Tom.
We saw a small petroglyph by the fall.
Slightly easier terrain for a minute...
Kathy wanders through the canyon.
Amazing fern fossil
We came upon this amazing fossil shortly after the dryfall. It was ~1 ft across and about 15 feet up the canyon wall. This was the best zoom-shot I could get in the shaded canyon. Looks like a fern. Or an octopus tentacle. Maybe a dinosaur tail? :)
I was surprised to come across some water. This was obviously a popular place for the bighorns - they left, um, traces, that they had just been there. ("Look! Fresh sheep pee!")
It gets a bit narrower.
It was 3-4 feet wide at the narrowest point here.
Here comes Dave.
And Joe comes through the narrows and a short smooth dryfall.