Teams Location: Brantley Lake SP
The OFM had the wonderful fortune to have a reader stop by and introduce himself and his son. Travis was a delight to talk with. He and his family were on the way to a reunion and decided to stop by and say HI. It definitely improved my day. Thank you Travis.Today was a trip to show how badly the Sitting Bull Falls area was devastated by the wildfires of last year. My head was ready to accept that the damages were more than terrible. You can see what the area was like before the fires in these previous blog entries.
The NP folks have been very hard at work cleaning up and rebuilding things. One volunteer told me that a rain hit the area very hard and caused mud slides that covered the picnic areas and even inside the restrooms to depths in excess of six inches. The vegetation used to keep the slides from happening. Now with most of the vegetation on the hillsides gone, erosion is a real problem. This area has been open about a month and is a wonderful location for family outings.As you enter the canyon this creek from the falls comes down to greet you. There is a parking lot just past the creek. This spot caused a lot of electrons to flow in the camera to get this one picture.
The Team then went on up to the main parking lot and it was nearly full! WOW that is good to see that folks are back enjoying the location. The picnic area is doing well and has flowers scattered around. It seemed to be in really good condition. Some of the wood roofs of the shelters had to be replaced. The Darling couple in the picture and the OFM had a really nice visit during the time we were in the area. They were fun to visit and were here in Carlsbad from Dallas for the weekend.
Along the walkway was this very agreeable pup with the right idea about handling the 95+ heat. When we came back by, the pup looked up, yawned and laid his head back on the cool concrete. Yep he has it correct.
All of the extensive trail system in the area is closed for now. The parks folks want to get some vegetation growing on the trails before letting folks use the trails. It seems to me they are correct in trying to prevent as much damage to the uncovered soil as possible. When the trails open again, this is a prime hiking area NOT IN THE SUMMER.
This is where the trail to the top of the falls begins normally.
Then as an incentive to come back a beautiful view greets you at the exit gate.
Visiting with nice folks and touring great scenery certainly gets you well on the way to trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.