October 10th and 11th.
This 3.5 mile loop trail is just a few miles from our camp, and it is one we didn’t do when we were here the first time. Mark and Bobbie decided to join Maikel and Susan for a longer hike since it was their last day here. Jim sat it out since his ankle was bothering him from our previous days hike. So it was just me, Debbie, and Jim and Allison.
For some reason none of us were expecting too much from this trail, but it turned out to be a great hike. There is quite a bit of climbing in the beginning so it’s a good workout, but there was so much to see.
We could just make out the RVs at our campsite.
The trail is named for this formation, Chimney Rock.
But the best part of the trail was coming down the backside where huge boulders have broken off over time.
On Saturday Maikel and Susan packed up their tent and headed back to Colorado, while Mark and Bobbie and Jim and I were in desperate need of dumping our tanks and getting water. The road going into our site was pretty rough, and we really didn’t want to drive off to dump and have to drive back in so we decided to move a few miles down the road to a new area we found while mountain biking and where kB (formerly known as Boonie) had moved the previous day.
Camp Lazy Daze.
A new backyard.
We are much closer to Torrey and have a stronger signal but apparently there is only 1X Verizon service in this area, so in order to post and read blogs we have to get wifi from one of the local businesses or the visitor center. A good excuse for a pastry at the bakery or a pumpkin shake at Slackers, right Mark?