Time it took: ½ day in and ½ day out
Permits/campsite info: None needed
No. of participants: 2 – Sushil and Ken
We left early Saturday morning; I picked up Sushil and stopped at Bob’s
house. Bob could not speak. Bob had a very bad sore throat, so he decided he
better not go. As Sushil said, “Then there were two.”
After a couple of wrong turns in Bouse, we finally made it to the wilderness
boundary. The first thing I noticed is that the Cactus Plains Wilderness is
comprised of a dark pink sand, littered will lots of sharp knee high small
shrubs. There was no trail, so we headed north.
There was lots of solitude in the plains, we did not see another person the
whole trip. We only saw one piece of trash (which we picked up) the whole trip
and it stood out. When walking across the dunes you have to watch out for
animal holes. You will fall into them when you walk over them. The deepest
hole I fell into was knee deep.
We missed the wildflower bloom by a couple of weeks. The plants were budding,
but not blooming. Next year I will try early March to see the Cactus Plains
in full bloom.