First of all there’s a couple of corrections to my previous post.
This first picture is of Mule’s Ear, leaves are shaped like a mule’s ear. The second one is not Baby Blue Eyes, but Blue-Eyed Grass. At least that is what I have been told.
To continue on the tour, from the Circle Corral we bypassed Lower Hotel Trail, and took Brush Trail where we avoided a large hole that later Pete (in maintenance) added dirt. We headed over to Bass Lake.
Yes, there are bass in the lake and fishing is allowed (with a license , of course). Some people will park up on Hwy 130 and hike down to the lake rather than hike all the way from the parking lot inside the park.
I think that that is a fish in the center of the above picture.
In the first picture of the lake, on the right is a picnic table and a trash can. Since it was full, I helped Theresa empty it. While doing that we discovered a mouse with babies, but the babies got caught in the trash bag. Theresa was able to rescue a baby, but then would hear more squeaking and search for more babies. She saved four babies and put them back in the bottom of the trash can with their mama. Theresa has a soft heart when it comes to baby animals and will probably miss that part of her job when she retires.
Somewhere in there are the babies, waiting to be rescued.
After the excitement of the rescue, we continued the trail tour, on Eagle Trail and then on Upper Hotel Trail. I’ve had people ask if there is a hotel in the park and the answer is no, but I did find out why there is a Hotel Trail. There actually was a hotel near Smith Creek, but is no longer there.
Those are California Poppies and more Vetch along the trail.
About this time Theresa got a call on the radio of a possible accident on Hwy 130, so we had to end the tour. She dropped me off at the CG and left for the call, which turned out to be a false alarm. Both she and Lisa responded, as she had just come on duty. Lisa had to go down the hill off the road to locate the “car” that the person who reported it, thought they saw. No car, just trash in the middle of a whole lot of Poison Oak.
That’s just part of the Ranger’s job. That’s why they always have a change of clothing in reserve.
That’s the end of the Trail Tour on the south end of the park. We may take a tour of the north end and maybe I can see where the Deer Camp was. (The cabin burned down a couple of years ago.)
I hope that you enjoyed the tour.
Thanks for visiting
Susan and Angel