Friday, May 13, 2005

Field Trip to Short Canyon

I took a day off work today and helped drive for my kids second grade end of the year field trip. We went hiking in Short Canyon.

Short Canyon is only about 20 miles away. Straight up into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It's a pretty easy hike from the parking area. The trail winds up a short canyon that has a small creek running through it. This keeps the bottom of the canyon green.

Here are a few of the pictures I took today.

Giant Nolina
Giant Nolina - This plant was across the creek from us but looked to be over 6 feet in diameter.

Beaver Tail Cactus
The Beavertail Cactus were blooming all over the place

Rock Live-Forever Plant - which looks to me like it belongs in an aquarium not the desert.

California Poppies
There weren't many California Poppies left on the hills

A desert Thistle - this one was about 5 feet high

View from Short Canyon
The view from the short canyon parking area looking back towards Ridgecrest.

Second Grade Class
Last, but certainly not least, the real reason we went up there in the first place.

I can think of lots of reasons to take a day off work. But spending today in the outdoors with this group of kids was absolutely one of the best.

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