9/17/12, Litchfield, CA (Coord. N. 40 deg, 22.168 min.; W. 120 deg. 23.962 min.)
Today was another nice and interesting day as the lads and I crossed another segment of high desert and entered civilization once more.
About 4 miles into the morning trek, I stopped for a break and met a couple of nice people. The first was a lady who lived on a small ranch in the area, the second was Bob, who also has a ranch in the area. Bob, invited me to spend the evening at a set of corrals he owns just west of the town of Litchfield.
As we drove downhill into the valley of the Susan River, one of the first things I spied were the Wild Horse Corrals for the BLM. The corrals are a staging area where the BLM brings wild horses and donkeys that are overpopulating their range. From the corrals, the BLM tries to find adoptive homes for these equines. This program is necessary as wild horse herds left to themselves, will double their population every few years. If some of the horses arenít removed from the range, they would have a large winter kill due to lack of grazing.