May 4, 2011

Halfway Hollow

On the last day of April, we braved predictions of wind, snow and rain, and took a ride on BLM land 15 miles east of home.  Above, a snow-capped peak of the High Uintas shines through a hole in the clouds.
The terrain was rougher than we expected. 
This photo looks down into a sandy wash called Halfway Hollow that we followed for a few miles.  You can see cottonwood trees growing along the wash.  They're still leafless.
A smattering of Indian paintbrush brightened our path.
Daisy found a stock pond, much to her delight. 
On the way back to the trailer, snow began to fall, at 4800 feet, a few hours from the first of May!  The ride was a chilly 12 miles, with 1000 feet elevation gain and loss, completed in about 2 hours.  All of our crew, human and animal, enjoyed a good run.

16 comments:

  1. I showed the 28-mile ride post to my son who thought it looked like an awesome place to go... by 4-wheeler! I got to thinking and I'm not sure he's ever been on a horse and at 15 motor vehicles are what appeal to him. Me, I'd still rather go by horse back.

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  2. sun or snow, Daisy always seems to enjoy herself :)

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  3. I'm glad you all had a good run, and the scenery was beautiful as ever. But I do hope that was your last snowfall for a while.

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  4. Wonderful! I think my favorite one was of Daisy enjoying her swim, but I am always in awe of those great outdoors.

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  5. Very lovely! Though it almost made my poor little bare feet hurt thinking about trying to walk on that terrain. I'm sure the horses did just fine though and glad that you got to enjoy a pleasant day.

    I always enjoy seeing pictures of your treks.

    Blessings~

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  6. You are braving the elements and pushing spring in the high country. Looks divine. I Love your header!

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  7. That terrain does look rough.
    I can't believe you are still getting snow...I suppose if you are that 'high' up anything is possible.

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  8. Sounds sort of similar. We have a Halfway Creek in the swamp, as in halfway to the mouth of the Turner River.

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  9. Though I am slack with my commenting and visiting, there is no doubt how delightful each entry you made to your blog. You are a worthy compulsive blogger indeed Janie! I am also amazed at the volume of knowledge you have in every trip you do in all those less traveled paths which you are so keen in sharing with us via your magnificent photography. Not only you excel in sharing with us helpful information but also I can tell, there's a lot of fun there as well. Thanks for the visit. I feel so bad for being negligent these days. So it's natural how much I have missed out. ^_^

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  10. Another adventure. I'm glad Daisy got to go.

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  11. Whoops - still getting snow, I see! Hope it is clear when we pass through next week on our way to CA. Love that Paintbrush! Happy Mothers Day, Janie!

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  12. I am always in awe of the spectacular vistas you and Steve ride through. You two are adventurous soles to ride into uncertain weather.

    Thanks for the journey.. be safe, be happy, Janie.
    Pam

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  13. Lovely vistas, and leave it to the Lab to find a swimming spot!

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  14. The Indian paintbrush is so gorgeous! It must be amazing to come upon it when riding over this arid land. Daisy made me smile!

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