October 31, 2009
October 30, 2009
When we rode in the Indian Canyon area last Sunday, (trailhead 8900 ft/ 2700 m) we found a taste of winter awaiting us.The temperature never got much about freezing, and the forest trails were dusted with snow.
October 29, 2009
When we reached the Grayhead Peak trailhead last week (before the recent snow) and began a ride down into Avintaquin Canyon, the temperature hovered just above freezing. At our first stop at a branch of Avintaquin Creek, Boss broke ice to get a drink.
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) predicted a 50's high and "partly sunny." I had to wonder, "Which part might that be?" as I shivered under a completely overcast sky. Continuing downstream, we passed this rock chimney formation which we remembered from a ride last fall. As you can see, blue sky finally showed itself. We had sun for a couple of hours in mid-afternoon.There is no man-made trail down this canyon, but cows and/or deer have created sandy paths that are easy to follow.
October 27, 2009
O is for ornaments. For every season, nature provides an open air show,
Organized according to the outdoor occasion, nature's work is an outstanding opus, in my opinion, to which we owe obeisance. It ordains its own order. I do not take offense nor find it oppressive if it does not observe my whim.
October 26, 2009
On a previous ride, we had found enough water sources to try a loop trail connecting the the Avintaquin canyon country with Grayhead Peak, so we were ready to accept the challenge.
It was steep going, but we made the top and continued on to ride the ridge. (Enlarge photo above to see red arrows showing our approximate ascent.)
When we reached the shoulder of Grayhead Peak (9500 ft 2900 m), we traversed around the side, since we were short on time and we'd already been to the peak on another ride. The red line in the photo shows our approximate path. Looks impossible, you say? I said that, too. So did Mischief. But Steve and Boss led the way. We're back, so it must have been okay. (Actually, the footing in the sand/gravel soil wasn't bad, and there was even an old deer trail -- a crazy deer, perhaps.)
October 25, 2009
Our rides in the Indian Canyon area encompass some rugged territory. Avintaquin Canyon features cliff walls on either side, narrow leaf cottonwoods along the creek, and a mountain view. And since there are no roads or easy access, we have it all to ourselves.
To enjoy scenic views from all over, click here.
October 24, 2009
It's deer hunting season in Utah, when blaze orange is an appropriate fashion statement. (In fact, some kind of hunting season has been going on since mid-August, which is why we've been making ourselves conspicuous on our excursions for several months.)
Daisy, our dear girl, would not want to be mistaken for a deer. She looks fetching in orange, don't you think?
To see a variety of camera critters, click here.
October 23, 2009
When riding in the Indian Canyon area, we plan our route according to springs. Water is a scarce commodity.
A branch of Avintaquin creek is in the bottom of the canyon. It runs only a trickle this time of year, just enough for Daisy to cool off and lap a little drink.
In spite of the lack of water, or perhaps because there isn't enough to support many cattle, the area hasn't been badly overgrazed. Native grass covers the shaly hillsides.
This was Sick Cow Spring. Hmm. Not surprising that the spring's namesake didn't fare too well. Steve dug out a hole to collect water. Daisy soon learned the trick and became an able assistant until she had a puddle big enough to lie in.
Big Draw Spring was better. It doesn't look like much, but horses and dog had a satisfying drink.
All went pretty well until, on the return, we came to a cliff 500 feet above our desired path. Oops.We made our way back to the trailer (barely) before sunset.
October 22, 2009
We've followed autumn as it marches down from the mountains. Up high, the first snow has already fallen.
Winter is nigh.
October 18, 2009
Some days can only be described as "just right."
For more lovely Sunday scenes, click here.
October 17, 2009
On the way home, we stopped to visit with my very pregnant daughter. Soon we will welcome a new baby into our family. The circle of life goes on.