My return to Rock Creek canyon revealed the changes brought about by the massive torrent that flowed through the canyon this spring. The small section that I’m familiar with showed some stream bank erosion and an older log dam had been completely removed. Mother nature rearranged a few things. Nearby, the water had flooded more of the canyon floor as it has occasionally over time.
When I left the area, I noticed the mushroom cloud of forest fire smoke far to the north. The time to return and continue this adventure needs to be timed with area fires and clean air. My old lungs can’t handle much smoke these days. Cooler temperatures would be appreciated too. With forests tinder dry and limited trail access, I need to be aware of the conditions and know how quickly it can change.