This was a small group of about a dozen people. Some mentioned well in advance that they had prior engagements and it was also a holiday weekend, which I completely forgot. This isn't the first time I've accidentally scheduled an event with a holiday. I should probably check a calendar before we plan these things.
Although a long drive to Carpenter Canyon, I think most who haven't been before would agree that the scenery was worth the time and effort. When we first moved to Las Vegas, all scenery looked like the same dull dirt and rocks. From the valley, the mountains look mostly lifeless. We're always amazed at the diversity of life at elevation. In that valley, we've seen coyote, deer, and elk. Since most of the Spring Mountains are protected, the deer and elk are some of the largest we've seen. We've never seen them there, but mountain lion are known residents.
There is a shallow creek crossing at Carpenter Canyon. The source of water is Lee's Spring, so unless there are heavy rains, the water level is consistent. Seeing a creek that flows year round in the desert is something special. What makes this creek even more unique is between the waterfalls are small pools with trout. These are protected fish in a protected area, so fishing is not allowed. Like most fish, they will only grow as large as their environment allows, so these trout wouldn't be enough to fill a hotdog bun anyway.
Thanks to all who shared their Veterans Day weekend with us. It was great to see everyone again and meet some new friends. We'll see you all soon.
November 10, 2018
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