|After getting off the beaten path I spotted this concrete structure which normally should be under the waters of the lake.|
|I hiked down to the concrete structure to investigate further and attempt to determine its former purpose.|
|Upon viewing it from the south I determined it was a bridge for the former Pozo Road before the lake was formed.|
|In a normal summer this lake is a great fire break. This year the lake-bed will invite fire across its surface. |
Note: this is the old Salinas River-bed heavily silted up due to the existence of the lake here since 1941.
|Mike and Oscar made a discovery on this eroded stone outcropping just above the aforementioned concrete bridge ruin.|
|Chumash bedrock mortars.|
|The choice of location for this bedrock mortar site is obvious given it is at the junction of the Salinas River and a tributary.|
|My little monster amidst these wildflowers. I fear this may be as vivid as wildflowers get this year in the North County.|
|The bed of the Salinas River is outlined as a swath down the middle of the dead reed-covered dry bed of the eastern end of Santa Margarita Lake.|
|We found the remains of an old park outhouse... again off the beaten path we usually take here. |
All photos by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).