February 27, 2003 - Thursday
Today is Catherine's birthday so I took
the day off and we headed for the backcountry roads. Catherine is more of an
outdoors person than I am so when we're looking to celebrate a special
occasion, she'll choose an outdoor activity every time.
It was cold and raining today so we headed
east into the desert on the chance that we might find some sun. I was
looking for a place called Smugglers Cave that is a few miles out a jeep
trail, east of a place called In-Ko-Pah. It's really a neat spot that
was originally inhabited by the Kumeyaay Indians and later by immigrants
walking in from Mexico.
Instead of sun, it was raining nicely with
temperatures down to freezing. We had to hike in about a mile but with
raincoats and some breaks in the clouds, managed to stay dry.
The best news of the day was finding our
creek flowing when we returned home. It's been two years since that thing
had water in it and it's a big relief to hear the stream flowing again.
Maybe I'll be able to have a garden this summer.