So on paper the forecast for my week here at Colorado Bend State Park is not great, but in reality it's not all that bad either.
This morning (May 21) there's even signs of some sun.
Though it's going to take more than that little bit of sun filtering through the trees to dry things out around here.
Today my destination is the Tinaja, (Te-na-ha) but, of course, as Harry Chapin pointed out in his song Greyhound, it's the going not the getting there that's good.
The 'going' today is up Dogleg Canyon, across the Cedar Flats and down to the Tinaja nestled in the Gorman Creek Canyon.
It's a steep climb up Dogleg Canyon from the River.
That bright roof is a cabin on the other side of the river jammed in between the water and the bluff along with a sketchy access road used by the thin, flood-prone string of similar stilted retreats along there.
The hoodoos just below and left of the roof are at the mouth of Dogleg Canyon on this side of the river and we'll briefly visit them again later today.
Just above the dog in the leg of the canyon signs of former ranching operations start to show up.
And just about 4 miles into the hike I switch from the Dogleg Canyon Trail onto a segment of the Cedar Chopper Loop.
Then, a little less than a mile later, I switch over to the Tinaja Trail.
Last time I was here at the tinaja I ate lunch over there under the red arrow. This time - well notice the circled rock in this photo of my previous visit?