On Sunday 6-10-2017 Robert came by my house around noon and picked me up. Our mission was to scout the roads around Bluff Creek for openings and to service the two trail cams we had at the two lakes. We drove up Bald Hills rd and at the top of the hill we saw a large bear. We made it out of the Bald hills and fueled up at Piersons grocery in Weitchpec around 13:30. We continued to Cedar Camp rd and proceeded to drive the 20ish miles to the lakes. After a 45 minutes of driving we arrived at the Lakes.
We were interested to discover a few 4x4s parked at the camping area, after briefly chatting with the three guys we learned they were researching western pond turtles. They were researchers Jamie Bettaso, Don Kerry (?spelling), and Chris West of the Yurok tribe's wildlife's office.
They were employed by different agencies and we learned we have many mutual friends, including James "Bobo" Fay of Finding Bigfoot fame. They showed us a nearby turtle that had dug in to nest by the rd. I was amazed to learn that the turtles have been nesting right in the campsite! We hung out for a while and let them get back to their work. We parted ways and finished servicing the cameras at the bear wallow.
|12N13 gate is open|
|Snow on 12N13 just past the gate.|
|New reinforcement on the 12N13 gate|