Wilderness Balloons - Chapters 4 and 5 - Idlehour Indignity
One of today's two wilderness balloons (pictured above) greeted me from a California Buckwheat next to the Idlehour Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains, Angeles National Forest. It was a blue latex balloon on a blue string. I was able to retrieve it and bring it out of the forest for a more proper resting place. The second wilderness balloon on the day (pictured below) was located along the Upper Sam Merrell Trail. It was also a blue latex balloon, this time caught high up in the canopy of that area's oak woodland. It could not be retrieved.
Not included here are approximately one dozen balloon bases that I found at various locations in the dirt on the trail.
About Wilderness Balloons: I see an unbelievable number of balloons in an unbelievable number of wild places during my forays. They are strung from brush and trees in remote wilderness and hanging from the legs of birds. Mylar balloons frequently cause wildfires when caught in power lines. Balloons are destructive trash and should never be released into the environment. For more information from the US Fish and Wildlife Service about this issue, read here (warning: graphic images of dead wildlife).
Map of All Wilderness Balloons