12/10/13: The US Forest Service will be enforcing access restrictions to Tar Creek soon. TC is part of the Condor Sanctuary established as critical habitat to this endangered bird and other wildlife. Epic numbers of visitors, and the trash and graffiti they have left behind, has led to the acknowledgment by the Forest Service that access must be curtailed and enforced. For more information on the impending action visit: Tar Creek Closure.
Monday. May 29. Memorial Day, in the year of someone's Lord, 2013.
Ruth and I needed sun and water and exercise. She picked Tar Creek. I hmmmed on that for a bit and made it clear that there would be at least a few dozen people in the canyon. We went anyway (this is kind of like Steven Wright's classic one liner, "My wife and I tried a new restaurant, we had reservations but we went anyway.") and boy, was I wrong! Way wrong.
How about well over 100 people! In that little place!
So I'm starting this post with nice happy pictures before getting to the unchecked masses.
As for Tar, I've never seen it this dry before July, but it isn't even June yet. Essentially, Tar has no flow. And after this weekend I'm not sure anybody'd want to swim in it anyway.
|I spooked this boy back into the trees before some jerk came along and threw a rock at him.|
|This photo is undoctored. That is the actual nuclear waste green going on at Tar this week.|
|The bottom falls has become a vertical flower garden.|
|There are 52 people and 1 dog in this picture.|
|There are 31 people in this shot.|
|30 in this shot.|
|31 vehicles in just this shot.|