12 September (Con't)
After Carlsbad, we got back to Guadalupe in time for a 5 mile hike. We got a permit for backpacking the next night. Chatted with crazy Hal in the visitor center, who enlightened us with stories about attack skunks and people getting hit by lightening. Hal didn't have a whole lot of teeth, but he was awfully nice.
The hike we did was really pretty spectacular (duh). No one else was on the trail, saw a tarantula, skink, lots of cool cacti, some mule deer, giant grasshoppers. Lots of gorgeous Madrones and Alligator Junipers (they always take me back to my days in Flagstaff, love 'em). (below: a Prickly Pear fruit that was chowed on by some critter)
(the ever cool Alligator Juniper above and below)
After the hike, we packed up for backpacking the next day. 7 liters of water is heavy, and this is why we only were going to go for one night. No place to refill water for night 2/day 3, and I think we were a little wary because of the incident in Canyonlands a week or so earlier. I saved a moth from some bully ants while I was eating dinner. The night sky was freaking excellent (the next night...the sky was just plain mean...stay tuned!)...(Cholla below) Nature Notes
(View from the tent above; Madrone bark below)