Friday’s hike started from the Four Peaks (Horse) Staging Area. Janet, Linda, and I crossed the main park road and then hiked a service road from the parking area for the competitive tracks to the Pemberton Trail. We then hiked Pemberton to Shallmo Wash and returned to the Horse Staging Area via the wash. Total hike distance was 7.6 miles.
Sunrise – this was taken from the parking lot.
Despite taking bracketed exposures (of only +/- 0.7EV), the sky ended up being blown out in this photo of Janet and Linda. I decided that I kind of liked it anyway. Somewhere around this point, I had also inadvertently put the camera in shutter priority mode; as a consequence, all of the exposures were taken at 1/2000sec, which led to the camera selecting larger apertures (for a shallower depth of field) and higher ISO values (which results in more noise). I didn’t notice that this happened until we were almost done with the Pemberton.
A view of one of the clay pits along the Pemberton. I’ve been told that clay was once mined here to determine its suitability for use in making pipe. Clay in this area might have been extensively mined were it not for the invention of PVC pipe.
These cut ocotillo branches and gate have been placed to match an old photo of the entrance to the homestead displayed on a nearby sign.
A dead tree along the Pemberton Trail:
I don’t hike Shallmo wash very often. The sand is usually very loose, but water from recent storms made the surface very firm for Friday’s hike.
Linda and Janet in Shallmo Wash:
More photos of Shallmo wash…