|Loaded and ready to go.|
I'm not going to go into the whole history of the park, but if you want to read about it, go here and I think you'll probably find it quite interesting.
We met my son and his family in town and drove together the four hours to the park. We had side by side spaces reserved.
The park is designed for the hiker, rock climber, and if you're into caves, there are a few of them too. Only problem with a lot of the places to see is that you have to hike to get to them. Some trails are a little over a mile and others are up to eight or nine miles. Since I don't hike so well, we didn't see a lot of the "good" stuff, but here is what we did see.
I took something like 34 pictures so I'm going to split them up over 3 or 4 posts so I don't bore you with the home movies. Once you look through them, if you have any questions, leave them on the comments section and I'll do my best to answer them.
So here we go...........
|A lot of quail|
|Our spot and the RV behind is my son's.|
|What was behind our spot|
I won't go into a lot, but in 1982 there was only 22 in existence. The California Condor is a butt ugly bird with a 10 foot wingspan. It looks like a HUGE Turkey Vulture. With all the hard work the Park Service has done in protecting the California Condor, today there are more than 400 in the wild.
They continually track the birds and some even have GPS trackers on them that are even equipped with small solar cells to power the GPS. They breed them in captivity and then release them into the wild. They keep track of the eggs that are laid in the wild and protect them from predators. They are vigilant about what they eat because lead was what made them almost extinct. Lead from bullets.
The California Condor, like the Turkey Vulture is a carrion eater. Farmers and ranchers would kill coyotes and other varmints with ammunition having a lead bullet. The bullet would fragment in the dead animal and the Condor would eat the meat and the lead. Most died from lead poisoning.
Pinnacles National Park is one of only three places that breed the Condor. The other two are in Southern California and New Mexico. One hundred years ago the California Condor could be found in most of Washington, Oregon, California, and even a small space in Florida. Today there are 3 small spots on the map. Two in Central California and the other one in New Mexico. It was a definite eye opener.
|Almost a full moon|
|The fire pit|
|I thought this was a Condor|
That's it for Friday. Tomorrow I'd get into part two and the hike we took.