Calico Mountains and Calico Early Man Site
Saturday, January 17
By: Danny Siler and Nelson Miller
Thank you to Ted Kalil and Gary Preston for pre-running this trip with me! Special thanks also to Danny Siler for writing most of the trip report! Also, a big thank you to Pat Schoffstall and Barb Midlikoski for opening the museum and providing coffee!
Eleven vehicles with 24 people joined us including: Nelson Miller; Mal Roode; Barb and Ron Midlikoski; Leonard, Rebecca and Hannah Friedman; Allan and Ding Wicker; Bob Peltzman; Bob Jacoby; Nan Savage Healy; Danny and Norma Siler; Craig Baker; BB Odenthal and his daughter; De Angelo Fernandez, his wife and three children; and new members Bill and Julie Smith, who came all the way from Flagstaff, AZ. Allan and Ding Wicker faithfully did tail all day. First stop was the “desert tortoise” intaglio along old US Highway 91, from Bill Mann’s book. Is it a tortoise or a tarantula, it has too many legs to be a tortoise? We followed old US 91 to the paved road and then around to Mule Canyon Road (#CM 7630), passing the town of Calico, with the big “Calico” on the side of the mountain spelled out in white rocks. The Calico Mountains are aptly named, as we saw colors of vermillion, copper green, shades of orange, brown, saffron yellow, grey, maroon, and violet. This was a busy weekend with lots of folks out camping, 4-wheeling, hiking, dirt bikes, RVs, quads, and shooting – generally just enjoying the desert. We also passed the Sheriff’s Department Desert Search and Rescue Squad on a half dozen quads.
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