We returned from hiking on Thursday to find we had new neighbors. Howard and Linda from RV-Dreams had driven up from Bryce Canyon earlier that day and had the site right next to us. We met them in January during our visit to Anza-Borrego State Desert Park in California. Blog posts and emails had alerted us to their pending arrival, so we were pleased to see they were right beside us. That evening we invited them over to dinner and spent the evening sharing stories and experiences from the full-time world.
The next evening our local “guides,” Annette and Larry, invited us along with our neighbors for a visit to a nearby hidden cove where we could take a short hike to a waterfall, enjoy seeing some pictographs, and share margaritas and snacks. So off we went down a dusty dirt road (it seems like there are a lot of dusty dirt roads around here) to a hidden parking area at the base of Boulder Mountain. We carried chairs, food, and a cooler just a short distance to the base of a huge rock where we would have our refreshments later. As we approached the area we were greeted by some very large pictographs and petroglyphs.
While most of the images on the rock were from ancient times, there were a few that seemed to be a bit more recent.
We set our refreshments down near the drawings and began hiking toward the base of the mountain. At one point we needed to cross under a barbed wire fence, but Larry and Annette assured us we were not breaking any laws (that they were aware of).
At one point during the brief hike the ladies in the group lost a grip on reality, ran across the open field, and began pressing their noses to a pine tree. What’s up with that?
It turns out that the tree is a Ponderosa Pine and emits a slight odor of butterscotch. Who knew ? ? ? After getting up close and personal with the tree, we continued toward a canyon.
Annette nimbly led us up the canyon as it quickly narrowed.
We rounded a bend in the canyon and the waterfall appeared in front of us.
We returned to the food court and began to prepare the refreshments.
At the end of the festivities we had to say good-by to Larry and Annette. This would be the last time we would enjoy their company, as our stay in Torrey was quickly coming to an end. We had a great time and saw so many wonderful things during our visit as a result of their efforts. We plan to return to Torrey for another visit in the future and can’t wait to see them again.