TRAIL RUN REPORTS

Reports on trail runs, the pot luck, Ham radio testing, and general observations
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TRAIL RUN REPORTS

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Post by DaveK » Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:22 pm

Post your pictures and reports here.
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Re: TRAIL RUN REPORTS

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Post by dlichterman » Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:59 pm

I'll post these pictures from my friend's phone as a teaser for when John gets his processed....

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We were able to demonstrate using two vehicles to extract one from mud. I sure hope John got it on video.....

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Re: TRAIL RUN REPORTS

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Post by DaveK » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:11 am

Was he off the trail intentionally? Headed for the bath tub?
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Re: TRAIL RUN REPORTS

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Post by dlichterman » Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:55 am

DaveK wrote:Was he off the trail intentionally? Headed for the bath tub?
I believe the quote from John was something like "Someone go though the mud, I'll film it!" :D

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Re: TRAIL RUN REPORTS

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Post by BorregoWrangler » Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:15 pm

dlichterman wrote:
DaveK wrote:Was he off the trail intentionally? Headed for the bath tub?
I believe the quote from John was something like "Someone go though the mud, I'll film it!" :D
I may have jokingly said something like that... :lol:

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Re: TRAIL RUN REPORTS

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Post by DaveK » Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:18 pm

CLASSIC!!

More pics please!!!
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Re: TRAIL RUN REPORTS

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Post by BorregoWrangler » Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:03 pm

Well since Coyote Canyon was still closed I needed an alternate trail run. We ended up doing a San Felipe Wash to Old Kane Springs Road run with four rigs: Jeep Wrangler, Toyota FJ Cruiser, 4runner, and Tundra. A big thanks to Jim, Jack, Daniel and company for coming along!

Map of our route through ABDSP, Ocotillo Wells SVRA, and surrounding BLM areas.
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View of the Borrego Badlands and Fonts Point in the distance.
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The wide, sandy course of San Felipe Wash flows through Ocotillo Wells SVRA.
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EXPLORING FOR A ROUTE

"In 1774, to block envious European empires from snatching the rich territory of California, Spain planned to plant settlers there. This difficult task was given to Captain Juan Bautista de Anza, a capable frontier soldier. To accomplish his orders, Anza would have to lead over 200 people and 1,000 animals over 2,000 miles to San Francisco Bay. Rather than jumping headfirst into an unexplored desert wilderness, the prudent Anza first lead a scouting expedition to blaze the trail.

After crossing the Colorado River near present day Yuma, Anza and his soldiers tries to cross the daunting Imperial Dunes. The shifting sands almost trapped the expedition while the lack of water nearly killed the men and their horses. Retracing his steps, Anza wisely went around this wall of dunes.

On March 10th, 1774 the scouting expedition arrived in the Ocotillo Wells region where they encountered a native band, likely Kumeyaay frightened by the Spanish horses. With the help of Anza's Indian guide, Tarabal, these indigenous people were persuaded to meet with Anza. In return for gifts and trade goods, they gave the expedition directions to water holes on the route North. This land and the trail were new to Anza, but were already known to Tarabal and the local natives."

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A HUNDRED YEAR STORM

"A blizzard in the desert? Hard to believe, but Anza's second expedition was blasted by wind and snow for almost a week as it crossed Imperial Valley in December of 1775.

Despite the freak storm, Anza lead his 200 people safely through the freezing conditions. Only a few horses and cattle perished from the cold.

Upon arriving just East of here on a Sunday night, December 18th, 1775, the Anza Expedition celebrated its harrowing passage with an impromptu "fandango." Despite the rain, the camp was alive with dancing as soldiers, settlers, and Indians rejoiced in surviving the once-in-a-century killer blizzard. Anza, a seasoned soldier and the expedition's leader, was usually as odds with Father Pedro Font, the expedition's religious adviser. They were soon quarreling again over the morality of the "raucous party" and its accompanying "bawdy" songs."


Upon reaching Highway 78, we stopped for lunch at the Blu In Park and then made a short detour to check out the airplane graveyard.
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On our way to the airplane graveyard.
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Traveling down the ever narrowing and twisting arroyo, I kept an eye out for evidence of an ancient lake visible along the sides of the wash. I stopped here to show the group shells embedded in the sediment.
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Prehistoric Lake Cahuilla was an extensive freshwater lake that filled the Coachella, Imperial, and Mexicali valleys of southeastern California and northeastern Baja California during the centuries prior to Spanish entry into the region. The lake was almost 100 miles long by 35 miles across at its widest point, extending from the delta in Mexico north to the vicinity of Indio. It was six times the size of the present Salton Sea.
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This ancient freshwater lake completely filled the Salton Basin to overflowing behind the natural delta-dam. The shoreline of the old lake is still visible at the base of the surrounding mountains. It averages about 40 feet above sea level, but varies from 25 to 50 feet elevation. The variability of elevation is thought to be due to subsidence of the basin floor.
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Continuing on our way, we suddenly came upon a water hole around a bend in the wash. I jokingly mentioned over the radio that someone should drive through it, but didn't think anyone actually would. We ended up having to use two vehicles to recover the FJ out of the seemingly bottomless mud pit.
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Video: http://youtu.be/uGLLOJzCEuk
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Once on our way again we turned South on Pole Line Road and then East onto Old Kane Springs Road.
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Old Kane Springs Roads skirts the southern boundary of San Sebastian Marsh. This unique, water-based habitat has supplied a permanent, dependable source of water for people and wildlife since ancient times. The marsh was a stopping place for Anza, who named it after his Indian guide Sebastian Tarabel and after trading with some 400 Kumeyaay assembled there, continued northwest up San Felipe Wash into the Borrego Valley. The marsh is the only designated critical habitat in California for the desert pupfish, an endangered species. Because of its importance in sustaining this unique marshland environment, San Felipe Creek and San Sebastian Marsh is a registered National Natural Landmark. It has also been designated an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). The area around the creek and marsh are easily damaged and very sensitive. The marsh is closed to vehicle use, with closure of boundaries clearly posted.
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[i]“To this site I gave the name of Zienega de San Sevastian, alias del Peregrino. In the place where we halted there is a good spring of very potable water, and there are many others to the west which are saline. From them is formed a marsh more than a league long with plentiful pasturage, although it is likewise salty.”[/i] –Juan Bautista de Anza, March 10, 1774; translated by Herbert Bolton, 1930; underlines ed.
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Harper's Well - Tales of a Rusty Pipe: http://www.creeksnoop.net/blog/?p=116

"We have not yet uncovered actual historic records of the site, but from what we have seen, one can readily infer the story. Rainfall is scarce, but often occurs in extreme downpours. In such situations streams can meander rapidly. It appears that in the past when erosion first threatened the well, the wall was built upstream to protect the stream bank and the well. However, as they ultimately will, the natural processes of downpours, flooding, and stream dynamics overwhelmed the efforts to protect the bank, the wellhead was lost and at some point, the well casing stood up at least 12 feet out of the stream bed before toppling due to rust and perhaps human intervention."

Toppled wall lying in wash upstream of the well.
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The well casing of Harper's Well lying across the wash.
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Continuing East on Old Kane Springs Road towards Highway 86.
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Our journey ends near the junction of Highways 78 and 86. It was a fun filled weekend spent with my beautiful girls and other adventure-minded people. I'm already looking forward to next years BorregoFest!
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Re: TRAIL RUN REPORTS

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Post by wb6twl » Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:18 pm

I finally joined the FLICKR set and posted my pix here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/106965460 ... 069855495/

Enjoy.

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Post by KK6GFF » Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:41 am

Some pics of the Western Anza Borrego Exploration Run led by Ollie attached. Ollie and Tim knew a lot about the area. We visited several things and a couple of caves. The trail sometimes could be as dusty as you want, Ollie's back lights always made it through!

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Post by KK6GFF » Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:43 am

Haha we didn't drive in reverse, the pictures posted backwards in time.
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