It is great weather up here. We’re camped up near Lemmon Pools in the Catalina Mountains. We have all day to explore the Wilderness of Rocks Trail. We can go beyond the farthest point that we have hiked, so far. We can go to the trail’s end and then as far as may be interesting on the intersecting trail.
We plan to be back for a noon lunch, so DF takes only a few grapes to snack. With the shorter distance and it being only 9am, we figure that we only need a liter water bottle and a camera each. The plan is to wear only moccasin-like toe shoes in a sense of complete nudity and unencumbered freedom. Our nakedness here in the wilderness feels very good.
Grass Feels Good on a Body
I figure that most people travel on the previous loop trail, or go to the Lemmon Pools. We have never seen but a few people pass by on the trail when camping near it. This trail is in an even more remote area.
With a sense of bare natural freedom, we walk away from everything to the main trail. We expect a trove of scenic surprises and a very few people, if anybody…we don’t know it now, but surprises will abound.
I had awakened at sunrise, sitting up grabbing my camera and capturing silhouettes and rich orange clouds. This place is a bit surreal with its rock surfaces, hills and hoodoos. I easily fall back into sleep.
The morning starts as we hear the order, “Follow me,” with a body crashing through the brush. An amply dressed older man appears to be on a mission. As we are wrapping up breakfast , his bright florescent orange gators are quite a contrast, as …