Kitchen Table Saturday, November 10th 2018.
After picking up picnic supplies we found the auto entrance at the south end of Palm Canyon Drive, which also accommodates hikers, bikers, and those on horseback. Just past the tollbooth (6 dollars per adult) the road forks and you’ll have to choose between Andreas or Palm Canyons. If you’re not planning on doing serious hiking however, you can mosey around the base of both canyons in a single afternoon. We began at Andreas, where a free informational tour was being given by a ranger. We were shown rock art, bedrock mortars, and metates used for preparing food. Our guide took us on a short trek where we got a feel for what it might be like to climb the magnificent canyon. He explained that not much further up were giant waterfalls and swimming holes (where locals know to go) created from the melting snow above. He pointed out indigenous flora and fauna, and excited us with the possibility of seeing wild horses, bighorn sheep (an endangered species) and mountain lions.
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