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Jan 13 2018
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Picacho State Recreation AreaInland, CA
Inland, CA
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Hiking3.90 Miles 115 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.60 mph
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A stroll along dirt roads, starting from the 4S boat-in campground. This was after paddling a good part of the day to get there. Very nice walk through the hills, with the sun getting lower in the sky. I didn't have my camera with me, I just was walking with friends. At the far end of it we didn't walk back down to see the river from that vantage point because we had reached an occupied campsite, (Outpost Camp, I think) and we didn't want to bother the people camping there.
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Feb 16 2014
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Colorado River - Walter's Camp to Squaw Lake, AZ 
Colorado River - Walter's Camp to Squaw Lake, AZ
 
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Kayak41.94 Miles
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This was a three day kayak trip down the Lower Colorado River, camping on the shore at boat-in campsites. Since we were putting in at Walter's Camp, a private campground on the California side of the river, we camped there as well. Very good place to start, nice folks there. We left our shuttle vehicle there as well. We had great weather, in the 80's and 90's during the day, and fairly balmy at night as well. We saw bald eagles and all the usual birds, such as herons, egrets, coots, and ducks. At one point, early in the trip, my newly acquired rescue skills came into play, when one of my fellow paddlers found himself out of his boat, hanging onto the side, and drifting downriver. Do you know what a paddle float is? Well, it can save the day, and it sure did in this case. We camped at Carrizo Wash Boat-in Campsites at Picacho State Park and the next night at Ferguson Lake dispersed camping area. Ferguson is pretty marginal, and at first I thought the campsite was not too great, but we made it work for ourselves. We took out at Squaw Lake Campground. We didn't camp there, since it takes so much time to retrieve the shuttle vehicle, etc.

All in all, it was a fantastic trip! We learned a lot about multiday kayaking, too! It was only the second time I had done it, and the first time was in a rental boat.
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Jul 02 2009
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Picacho State Recreation AreaInland, CA
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I stopped at Picacho SRA on my way to San Diego. I had the whole place to myself and decided to look for wildlife along the river at night. At dusk, I walked about 2.5 miles up river and swam about 4 miles back to camp. I've never done this before and have never heard of anyone doing this, so I was not sure what to thing. I had a small headset light, my camera, and a backpack with a bladder that I filled with air.

As I floated, I did not see anything until around midnight. I saw about 10 beavers and a lot of them swam up to me. I thought that they were being curious when they approached me, until I read how territorial they were and saw that deadly beaver attack on youtube. :? I'm glad that I thought that, because many of them were within 4ft, and I was not scared. When I pulled out the camera from the ziplock bag tho, the beavers would dart away, occasionally smacking their tails on the water. Not all the beavers approached me. Some of them swam beside me and one swam in front of me and appeared to be obviously to my presence.

Of course, I was not able to get off any shots, but I wasn't interested in beavers. I actually was focused on the river banks, hoping to find some animals that were on top of the food chain. I heard a plethora of coyotes, saw a few deer, and saw one fox, but night photography while trying to stay afloat and not get the camera wet was challenging.

Anyway, I ended the trip around 3am, and slept for 2 hours, and went looking for snakes. I looked everywhere for them, and ended up finding one at my campsite in front of my car eating a mouse. The snake let go of the mouse and retreated to a hole. I placed the mouse in the hole, so it can enjoy it later.
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