June 9, 2009

Uinta Bliss

U is for Uinta Mountains, formed from an uplift of the Uinta Mountain formation about 50 million years ago. The mountain range's name came from the Utes, a Native American people who have inhabited parts of Utah and eastern Colorado for centuries.
In summer, the wildflowers are ubiquitous -- and in a wet year, the mosquitoes are, too!
A view of this unusual east-west oriented mountain range gives me the utmost joy and an uplifting feeling. Heading uphill into the High Uintas is utopia.
Upstream on the Uinta River, a guy develops an unquenchable desire to wet a fly and is upbeat about catching trout.
These mountains are sometimes unkind to the unwary and unwise. Many of the trails are unmarked, and the weather can change in an hour. The deep woods and rocky terrain can be unbelievably unforgiving. Unprepared or unfit adventurers may suffer unfortunate and ugly consequences.

But if treated with utmost respect, the Uintas provide an urban escapee with unequivocal pleasure.
For more of Denise Nesbitt's ABC's, click here.
This post was a top contender for David Mcmahon's Post of the Day.

28 comments:

  1. The Uintas are beautiful and unusual in their east/west orientation. I just love going along on your rides.

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  2. It must be so much fun to ride on those beautiful trails. Your photos are fantastic. Always enjoy my visits here. Thank you!

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  3. Unbelievebale scenery. Just feels like another world.

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  4. Another great post! I really enjoy my visits to your beautiful blog. The pictures are awesome.
    I am looking forward to see what you come up with once you use the letter x for a post.

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  5. Thanks for the beautiful photo tours. We are probably the people that should not venture into it unaided.

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  6. Beautiful Janie.. The Uintas are gorgeous. I know that you two enjoy checking them out. Bet that trout is YUMMY.

    How do you pronounce Uintas??? U-in-tas?

    I continue to learn so much from you.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  7. Wonderful landscape! Would love go horsriding there :)
    http://foto.rudenius.se/post/2009/06/10/ABC-Wednesday.aspx

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  8. Beautiful scenic area you live near...wish I could go riding there...the mountains are gorgeous...

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  9. This unique post about the Unitas is unquestionably informative and and utterly entertaining.

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  10. What an amazing region. Great images too.

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  11. Great photos, and yes, its country to be respected ... in more ways than one. And 50 million years old. The Everglades are 5,000 years old ... or young rather.

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  12. Very unusual and unique Utah post. You worked very hard to make a very interesting and beautiful post. Thanks for visiting mine.

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  13. Adventures always have some kind of risks attached. Great shots!

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  14. Unbelievebale scenery, so different from Sweden.

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  15. will top that you guys, this is an amazing U abc post...I am green with envy and your surroundings!

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  16. I'm hoping to come back to Utah sometime this year. We've loved our visits there! You have a very beautiful state.

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  17. I always adore your ABC Wednesday posts Janie!

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  18. I've been in the Uintas only once years ago when the wife and I took a day trip over from Bear Lake. We stopped at a Forest Service Ranger's office and they gave us some ideas for short hikesa and we did one.
    We had a very nice time.

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  19. Fantastic U!
    I have written the Uintas down as a place to vacation... very lovely as is Utah!
    Sherry

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  20. Came here from David McMahon's "post of the day".

    Very interesting...thanks for sharing it all with us!

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  21. Wow, that looks an amazing place. Fabulous photos and a very interesting location.

    CJ xx

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  22. Oh they really are beautiful. It would be wonderful to live close to these beautiful mountains. Thanks for sharing your photos.
    Congrats on the POTD.

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  23. How beautiful, with the wild flowers and summer vegetation!

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  24. Wonderful post! Congrats on the Post of the Day Award!

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  25. I see at least one of my photos there :) Glad you could spread it around the world via your super-popular blog.

    Always fun to see those pictures again. I think that last one of me hiking along a steep stream is just above Painter Basin as we headed over into Gilbert. Such a fantastic spot.

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