I have been wanting to do this trip for sometime, and luckily the fall colors stuck around late this year. Headed down with Joel around 9 PM Saturday night and drove into the night to wake early enough for that good lighting. On a driving note, Portal road just past San Simon is a great way to go if a good graded dirt road is your thing. We braved the two cold nights with a schnauzer and an IPA (or two), and a whole lots of guitar playing.
From the hiking standpoint, there really was no plan on hiking distance, just to find a few scenes and go on our merry way photographing them. Only problem, we turned into two giddy kids in a candy store....so we only made it back a couple of miles both days. This place is really rocking this time of year, what a great time. Next year the upper part of the canyon!
A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.