I decided to check the wildlife water tank again and if not filling, inspect the line that is supposed to fill the tank, up to where it originates. I asked hiking friend, Katherine, to join me since she lives way above me and starting from her place shortens the hike. We encountered a tortoise on the road in front of her house and thus ensued a debate, lift it to safety or leave it to follow the path of its choice. We left it.
Arriving at the tank, we look in and given the good amount of rain in the last few days, the tank should have had much more water. A small portion of the tank's bottom was still uncovered and a lizard was occupying it. We did not debate what to do about this as assumed it could climb the wall.
We followed the pipe as it snaked through a ravine which had a decent flow of water.
Katherine was shown some petroglyphs by a guy who cares for the tank and pipe but she was unable to show me where they were.
Higher we go until at last, we reach the water collection point. Beautiful place and the sound of the flowing water added to the atmosphere.
The collection point is within this box with a filter surrounding it. It is fixed to the rock and can not be moved. Maybe the flow has had a subtle change over time as the water was bypassing it. It would require a pretty good increase in volume before the box became effective.
Someone put a lot of work into repairing the pipe that was ruined by last year's fire. I'll look into this issue and see if we can get the pipe functioning. There are plenty of concave areas holding water for the animals for now. Oh, the tortoise was unharmed and had moved off the road. Finished with 3.3 miles.