We were the first vehicle at the trail head again and actually didn't see anyone else until we were almost ready to leave. The entire trail is through desert vegetation, so there wasn't really any interesting geology along the way. We did look for plants we hadn't seen yet, more reptiles (nope), and birds along the way. We spotted what we are pretty sure were Scaled Quail, but didn't get a picture, so won't count in as a new bird. Below are a few shots stating from the trail head to when we got to the Chimneys.
|view towards our destination from the trail head|
|Cindy shooting a Yucca along the trail|
|the Chimneys in view|
|the Chimneys with Santa Elena Canyon in the background|
|just about there!|
|Cindy and me in the arch|
|from the other side of the arch|
|looking towards Santa Elena Canyon|
|looking back towards the parking area and beyond|
The Chimneys also offers the opportunity to see Native American artifacts and markings on some of the rock walls. We weren't sure exactly where to look, but found some of what is there.
|It appears that this ledge was used for something in the past.|
|a different angle of the ledge|
|A closer examination of the wall reveals carvings.|
|another stone artifact|
It was now early afternoon and we took our time on the 2 1/2 mile hike back to the truck. As we were leaving I snapped some shots of the large rock piles where we found the artifacts. Once we got back to the trail head, we both agreed to head back to the camp site and relax the rest of the day.