Since I knew some of my friends from Tucson Backpackers were camped down the Ash Creek Trail near the old sawmill site, I figured it would be fun to hike down and give them a surprise visit. The campground up at the trailhead is one of my favorite spots, so it was the logical place to camp. We got a late start on the day, so we were pretty sure we would be coming back out in the dark. After a visit with my friends, Liz and I headed down to the Ash Creek Falls overlook as the light of day was fading out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lVnhSuaAe8
After spending some time there taking pictures we headed back up, stopping again for a short visit at the backpacker camp. We ran out of daylight at the end and got a little off trail, but Liz's GPS got us back where we needed to be. It was already getting pretty chilly. The previous night the temperature dropped to 27 degrees at Old Columbine, so we were expecting a repeat. Once we were back at camp we still had to set up our tents and get a fire going. I will attest that Liz likes playing with fire, although that masochistic tendency of hers had me worried she was going to burn her fingers, as she just couldn't stay out of the firepit!
It was very chilly (probably in the low to mid 40s) until about 10 PM, when the wind picked up a bit and raised the temperature. It didn't drop down below about 50 the rest of the night, so we caught a break there (we were prepared for cold however). The night sky was dark, so a walk across the road to the big parking lot by the Columbine Work Center provided us with a great view. We stayed out there long enough to see Pleiades rising above the trees in the east. Liz pointed out that it was sort of funny that the stars in Pleiades are represented in the symbol on her Subaru, while they are in the constellation Taurus, which is a Ford product.