Three Sisters is a hiking destination about an hour and 20 min NE of SD, in Cleveland National Forest, which is kind of funny because there are not many trees. The “sisters” are pools of water, stepped below one another. When water is really flowing, there is a natural water slide one could ride between the two lower pools, but today the flow was a trickle, so no one tried it.
On the way we saw a snake:
Not a rattler, fortunately. We also saw lizards, birds, tadpoles, a squirrel, a wild turkey and a dog that was probably someone’s pet but resembled a coyote.
We got an early start, a little after 8. Temps were nice then. The trail began with a slight descent that eventually took us through a shady valley, where we saw poison oak along the trail. We’d been warned: thanks, Grandma.
The trail got a little technical as we neared the pools. There were some rocks to navigate. We came upon the first pool, and realized then there would be no swimming or sliding since the water was pretty low and stagnant. But it was still a nice place to sit and eat PB&J sandwiches.
We were able to make our way with the help of fixed ropes to an upper pool that was fed by a true, but low-flow, waterfall.
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In the Navy, an “MP” is the highest grade you can be given by your superior. This kid got an MP from us yesterday when he graduated from elementary school. It was a big production, held in a nearby church auditorium. He took it all in stride.
I got out of my car
And isn’t this fun;
The man in the shade,
The non-man in the sun.
Next to the lane
To keep clear for fire.
Why this spot they picked,
I couldn’t inquire.
I’d never seen one of these big spiky plants flowering before. On closer inspection, I saw why. Can you?
White shirt, third row, arms up.
That girl loves roller coasters.
Sometimes, videos or pictures appear on my phone, and later I recall that someone asked to use it to make a video or take a picture. That’s what happened here.
The view from the top of one of the most popular hiking trails in SD County, Cowles Mtn. My favorite “season” keeps the crowds away.
No one ever imagines they’ll end up there, but sometimes they do.