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Agua Blanca to Picnic Canyon 13/5/18

On the South side of Los Picachos, a 45 minute drive from San Miguel ...

May 16, 2018

Agua Blanca to Picnic Canyon 13/5/18

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On the South side of Los Picachos, a 45 minute drive from San Miguel ...
The green countryside and roadside puddles gave evidence of an overnight rain, in the valley approaching
the village of Agua
Blanca.  It was still early after a dry winter season, but we hoped that there would be
ample water flowing down the waterfalls we
planned to visit in Picnic Canyon, located on the N-W side of the village.
Looks like an insigificant canyon until you are actually in it

The green countryside and roadside puddles gave evidence of an overnight rain, in the valley approaching the village of Agua Blanca.  It was still early after a dry winter season, but we hoped that there would be ample water flowing down the waterfalls we planned to visit in Picnic Canyon, located on the N-W side of the village.

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Looks like an insignificant canyon, until your are actually in it

Last week's 7-mile hike had completely circumnavigated the rainwater catch-basin feeding this stream where we had forded a modestly-running stream.

But this was at the end of a drier-than-usual winter season and not enough rain had fallen yet - the showers had been too localized and missed the upper catch basin.  So it was disappointing to find no flowing water.

But the hikers liked the novelty of this adventure, the more heavily wooded nature of the terrain, frequent
sightings of bromeliads in the trees.

It was a steeply-sloped, rugged trail that we followed on the West bank, so everyone got their share of exercise.


Crossing the cayon stream

Last week's 7-mile hike had completely circumnavigated the rainwater catch-basin feeding this stream where we had forded a modestly-running stream. But this was at the end of a drier-than-usual winter season and not enough rain had fallen yet - the showers had been too localized and missed the upper catch basin.  So it was disappointing to find no flowing water. But the hikers liked the novelty of this adventure, the more heavily wooded nature of the terrain, frequentsightings of bromeliads in the trees. It was a steeply-sloped, rugged trail that we followed on the West bank, so everyone got their share of exercise.

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Crossing the almost dry canyon stream to the West side
Unusual Cactus

Cactus fruit

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Cactus fruit
Four unusual long-stemmed blooms on the same cactus species
Similar cactus with 4 flowers

Four unusual long-stemmed blooms on the same cactus species

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Gone perhaps half the way that this trail would permit traverse when we
decided to turn off and stop for a break amid boulders in the stream bed.


In the dry canyon stream bed

Gone perhaps half the way that this trail would permit traverse when wedecided to turn off and stop for a break amid boulders in the stream bed.

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FR:  George Dennis Joan
BR:  Pierre Rick Dorothy Natalie Steve Robin Andy Geoff
Stella is a prolific photographer and is usually behind the camera, instead of in the picture.
PIcture of Stella for a change

Stella is a prolific photographer and is usually behind the camera, instead of in the picture.

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Some adventurous members (aka the usual suspects) decided to explore the
canyon further, by making their way upstream in the dry streambed.
After a while, I decided to see why they had not returned yet.
Incredulous that they had dragged themselves over such rugged terrain
of huge boulders in this narrow stream bed, I eventually caught up
with them … in   Kansas City,  where

they had gone about as far as they could go.


Kansas City

Some adventurous members (aka the usual suspects) decided to explore thecanyon further, by making their way upstream in the dry streambed. After a while, I decided to see why they had not returned yet. Incredulous that they had dragged themselves over such rugged terrainof huge boulders in this narrow stream bed, I eventually caught upwith them … in   Kansas City,  where they had gone about as far as they could go.

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Surrounded by vertical canyon walls hundreds of feet high, they had arrived at
the bottom of a ~60' waterfall, dry - except for a trickle running down the sheer face.

Not a place to be, should a sudden thunderstorm dump upstream in the catchment area!



The dozen hikers opted not to hike out the rest of the canyon – one can
only go as far as the cliffs.

So we returned to the village by another loop.


Homeward bound to the village

The dozen hikers opted not to hike out the rest of the canyon – one canonly go as far as the cliffs. So we returned to the village by another loop.

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Down before noontime. We stretched out on the shaded floor of the verandah at
the tienda and enjoyed a little 'refreshment' before heading back to the depot.


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