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Up Little Painted Canyon and Down Big Painted Canyon 11/21/05

North east of the Salton Sea are some beautiful desert canyons and so we had to go take a look.
Not really an off road wheeling sort of thing, mostly a hike, but very fun!!

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Before you even get to the
canyons, the colors show!
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Closer!
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Wonderful formations!
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The desert rocks!
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Up the wide canyon in the
truck!
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Truck in the canyon.
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Deeper we go!
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And deeper!
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Then the truck has to 
stay behind and we
start to hike! Ruby is
ready to go!
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Dennis at the mouth
of Little Painted Canyon.
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Little Painted Canyon . . . 
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Every turn in the canyon
is another beautiful view.
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More . . 
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. . . and more . . .
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. . . and more!
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The canyon walls are 
interesting close up!
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The canyon is still 
wide here.
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Look at this!
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Wonderful!
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Ruby in the shade.
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Dennis hiking along!
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 A lot to see. . .
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Ruby hiking!
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More to see . . . 
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Narrower!
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Ruby in the narrows of
Little Painted Canyon.
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A whole new look
as the canyon narrows.
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Ruby in a the narrow
canyon.
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Slowing coming to the top!
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Look at the rocks!
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Colors!
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More colors!
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Look at all the colors.
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Ruby!
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Canyon!!
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Nearly the top!
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Dennis going up the dry
falls,
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Ruby going up the dry 
falls!
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Ruby climbing.
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Nearly out of the canyon.
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Dennis!
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Not much of a trail on this
last part of Little 
Painted Canyon.
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The top!!! Way off in the 
distance is the Salton Sea!
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Looking down 
Big Painted Canyon
from the top.
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Looking down the 
way we came again.
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Ruby makes it to the top!
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Starting down the next
canyon, Big Painted
Canyon. 
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The shadows show it is 
getting into late afternoon.
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Going down the canyon.
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Ant hills!
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Ocotillo in the canyon!
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Looks like a dragon!
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Nice views . . . 
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Green rock with pink!
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You really need to click
these and see what 
wonderful views we
enjoyed.
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Ruby at a red rock that
looks like it glows.
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More canyon . . .
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Look at the colors!
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Getting later!
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Ruby on the rocks!
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Getting later!
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The views keep coming!
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Rugged!
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Beutiful!
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The last look of the 
open canyon.
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Things start to close in.
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Look at the black and 
white rock near the 
bottom. Looks nearly like
it was burned but it
is rock.
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A close look at the black 
and white rock.
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Ruby looking at rocks!
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Still going down the 
canyon . . . 
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Getting narrow!
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And Narrower!
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And then a falls!
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Ruby lowers a pack
before going down 
the rickety old ladder.
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Another ladder we had
to go down.
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Nearly out . . .

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And the sun sets!
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But we reach the truck
just in time!
 

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