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    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    1) the road was open on 5-28-17 2) nothing is well marked; not roads, not trail... so pay attention 3) you can only get there from 79, not the 76 4) insects - abundant and unrelenting I read that "bugs" were a problem so armed With a bottle of deet and some all natural pet spray for our dogs we headed out. As soon as we exited our vehicle at the trail head we were swarmed by bees and flies, we scrambled to get our gear together and make our way down thinking they would let up but it wasn't until we made it almost to bottom some 2 1/2 miles down that they finally abated... horrible!!! Unfortunately we didn't read enough reviews regarding the waterfall location and we turned right heading towards the meadows - needless to say we never did find the pools or falls. The trail was a bit difficult to follow at times but we did see two main campsites. Since we kept pushing farther along the trail passing through dry riverbed after riverbed trying to find the waterfall we ended up just camping at the second one since it was the first one as we made our way back from the stream... (in hindsight I would have opted for the first one, much more flat and lush - not just hard dirt). Setting up camp was quick with the exception of the never ending supply of annoying insects... the mosquitoes were plentiful but I think our deet did the trick to keep us bite free, then there were the ticks - flicked one off my clothes, watched a few climbing on outside of our tent... but the real nuisance were the FLIES, they were RELENTLESS!!! Covered in deet, with a shirt wrapped around my head (to block my ears) we were done "experiencing nature" and by 5pm we zipped ourselves into the safety of our tent going out only when absolutely necessary. We started packing up the next day just after 5am, we hoped to beat the bugs and the heat. For the most part our plan worked but it was a slow moving hike back up for my out of shape rump and the older of our two dogs. We were bug free until about the last mile and then it was right back to swarming proportions... we just couldn't escape them. Finally at the trail head we threw our gear in as quickly as possible and heading down the road a couple miles before we situated ourselves!! In all of my hiking and camping I have NEVER experienced ANYTHING LIKE THAT!!! Never again, at least not at this time of year!!!

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