We had the Goldfields all to ourselves on this fabulously fun outing. With Bruce as our wise and wonderful tour guide, we were free to play without worry of where the heck we were. It was a relaxed day of exploring the landscape. We scrambled up every interesting rock feature like curious kids and were never disappointed by our find. There is so much more to be seen further into this place than a simple drive-by would suggest. Our turn-around point on the Rough-n-Ready trail where we stopped for a lunch break just begged us to continue with the promise of even bigger treats. It was hard to turn back here. Another visit is a must.
We couldn't have asked for better weather that day. On our last break, we sat up on a high ridge looking out over everything and watching the storm roll in. We made it to our vehicles just as the first raindrops were felt.
We didn't see anyone else all day until we were about 15 minutes from the parking area. There was a group of rowdy shooters in a pick-up truck. We could hear the gunshots for quite a distance and as we got closer, that became increasingly unnerving. The trail would take us across an open area and right through the middle of their target zone, as there was shot-up trash all around us. Even after seeing us approach, another shot was fired and that put us all a bit on edge. We shouted at them to let us pass and we did so quickly and in silence... except for the sound of their laughter and the comments we couldn't quite hear. Idiots.
It was a relief when we were out of their sight and they were immediately forgotten, as the entire day was a huge success. A fun hike with terrific company!
I'm at home in the wilderness... it's civilization I have problems with!