West Fork Upper Reach May 13

A wading visit to the watery upper section of West Fork above the public trail
0003   ...but the trees are leafing out for spring 0004 0001   WEST FORK UPPER REACH 0002   It's windy today
0005 0006   Through the old orchard 0007 0008   This time we move fast along the public section of the trail
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0037   We take a short side trip to note some graffiti 0038 0039 0040
0041 0042 0043 0044   A wooly bear
0045 0046 0047 0048   By morning break, we reach the end of the public trail and put on our water shoes
0049 0050 0051   Even in this deeper part of the canyon, wthe wind is even stronger as we start to wade 0052
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0065 0066   Some of these tree and rockfalls are fresh 0067 0068
0069 0070   Ad we head upsteam, the terrain gets less and less familiar 0071 0072
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0093 0094   Considering the wind, this is as far as we feel safe going 0095 0096
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0113 0114 0115 0116   Almost back to the public trail!. This is the point of deepest water, where I fell into a scour hole and drowned the camera.
0117   After the hike, a pause for beer at Indian Gardens (iPhone pix) 0118