Leaving the Ouray Hwy 88 near where the power lines cross the road, we rode over big, wide open range toward the Green River. This BLM land has had a lot of oil exploration recently. We passed several pumping oil wells, went around a fenced off aeration pond for well waste water, and crossed a fairly busy gravel road. For the most part, though, we saw only a couple of antelope and a few cows.
The river was moving fast. Daisy got in near the shore and enjoyed a swim. The horses didn't care to drink.
Boss liked munching willow shoots.
A raptor soared above us as we looped back to the trailer.
The sun shone through his wings as if they were transluscent.
The high Uintas seen in the distance are still holding a lot of snow. The range has a snowpack that is at least 150% of normal. Our desert ride was over mostly sandy terrain, making horse travel fast and easy. We managed 16 miles and over 1000 feet of elevation gain and loss in 2.5 hours. At that speed, I didn't have much time for photography.