First off, I just read this mind-numbingly depressing article about some GOP backed bill that would basically rape all Wilderness Areas (including the Gila). This is disgusting and an absolute downer. Keep an eye out for petitions, etc because this...cannot...pass.Anyway, on that debbie downer note, day 2 in the Gilas...Good stuff. Water was an issue again today and we ended up filtering out of some really sketchy mud puddle with a bunch of mosquitos around but eh, whatever, we lived to tell about it. Saw the first sign of bears - fresh scratches on a tree and some scat.
Ended up finding a pretty perfect spot for the tent in the afternoon, next to a slow-flowing creek (a relief!) We had a few hours of light left so we wandered around and found a 5-6 foot deep tiny swimming hole and walked up the creek for a while. Further up the canyon, it looked like it would probably be a good place for cliff dwellings if we had more time and light, hmm...next time, eh?
I almost stepped on a little snake (ID pending...), had a frog friend in the swimming spot and the best find was the world's tiniest horned lizard, though I'm not sure of which species. I was kind of mesmerized by the little guy. Set up a nice fire and ate some pork and beans (ew, just kidding), had some hot toddies and called it a night. See it Sunday Our World Tuesday Tuesday Around the World Outdoor Wednesday Nature Notes