The last couple of months have been very busy for us. We missed being "out there" and yesterday we could wait no longer. We loaded up and took off to explore beyond the Camp Wood area we enjoyed in May. Since we knew we would not be out in prime light we left the "big cameras" at home and relied on our iPhones for the photos you'll see below.
As usual we took notes and GPS coordinates of interesting dispersed camping sites.
Joni loves trees. I enjoy beautiful trees too and we are both drawn to the "dead soldiers", the old snags that still stand proudly (they are also called widow makers and we are careful not to camp beneath them). It was an honor to shoot a couple of photos of this old guy:
To say the wildflowers were abundant is an understatement.
Our plan was to follow CR 68 all the way to Bagdad, AZ. However, we discovered the maps don't account well for The Yolo Ranch which straddles CR 68. The Yolo Ranch is beautiful and impressive with a long history beginning from its establishment in 1875. The gate to the ranch was open but we're strict about not entering private land without permission. We backtracked and turned on FR 702 which turned out to be a great decision. FR 702 took us around the edge of Yolo Ranch through pines and meadows. We bore left onto FR 665 and began dropping down into juniper forest on the top of a broad ridge where we enjoyed great views.
Imagine our surprise coming across a rather large muddy section of road on a ridge top. Joni wasn't too sure about driving through it but I said "No problem just let me scout it out". I walked a ridge between two ruts and found it quite firm. Testing with a stick I also found both water and mud in the ruts to be shallow. With left wheels on the road edge and right wheels between the ruts we made it most the way through before slipping off into the mud which we drove right through.
Soon we turned left on FR 705 and started down.
After several miles we reached the bottom at a creek crossing.
From the creek it was another 8 miles through the canyon and up to CR 68 where we turned right to head home. Of course when we reached town we had to stop at our favorite post adventure restaurant. Steve, his family and the rest of the crew at Aroma Pizza always make us feel at home.