Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Soggy at 8400 Feet

On March 23, we started riding at 7000 feet off of the Taylor Mountain Road north of Vernal.  What's that snow-dusted mesa to the west?  Yep, it's called Red Mountain.  Very imaginative.  It's bigger than it looks.  What appear to be bushes up top are really large Ponderosa Pine, probably at least 100 years old.
We climbed over hill and valley to 8400 feet, where we encountered snow drifts and soggy ground.

What's that hiding in the shadows? 
A small herd of deer were resting in the shade.  When we got closer, they spooked and leaped through the sage and over a hill.  Daisy smelled them, but they were way too fast for her.

21 comments:

Lisa Wilson said...

It looks like it is really warming up there! The snow is melting fast.

jabblog said...

Snow and sogginess = cold and wet or, more likely, warming up. Beautiful, wild country.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Janie, Even though it was soggy, that area is gorgeous...Loved seeing the deer... Bet they wondered who was there in 'their' territory!!!!! ha

Do you know Loran (Many Rivers to Cross)? She lives in Vernal, Utah.

Hugs,
Betsy

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Heather said...

such incredible vistas!

Becoming Heather

EG CameraGirl said...

You're correct that Red Mountain doesn't look that big. Glad you told us those are Ponderosas up there.

Martha Z said...

I bet it's cold at that elevation this time of year.

Pam said...

What magnificent view of Red Mountain, those Ponderosa Pines must be huge. That's a pretty snow blanket on the mountain tops behind Steve.
Thank for sharing the trail ride, Janie.
Cheers :)

George said...

Red Mountain is very impressive even if the way to it was soggy. The snow-covered mountains in the background of your second photo are beautiful.

Robert Sobczak said...

Funny how sometimes something very big can look deceivingly small, or vice versa, and it changing as you get closer or farther away.

Lindy MacDuff said...

I'll guess that Daisy enjoyed a snow drift or two. ;-)

Beautiful scenery, as always.

ladyfi said...

Wow - the air looks so pure up there. Just gorgeous!

troutbirder said...

Perhaps not a very imaginative name but beautiful nevertheless...

EcoRover said...

Love the way those mulies stot away. Glad you were on horseback. I've slogged through spring snow when there was several inches of water underneath.

Stephanie Reed said...

That second photo is so clear it looks like I can reach into it. So appreciate that you share your rides with us. Amazing.

kaye said...

That's a lot of wide open space for a good ride and a romp for deer and daisy.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Janie, this is so beautiful!
Love seeing those sweet deer...glad they eluded Miss Daisy.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love how the deer are all ears. As usual, wonderful pics. You spoil us.

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Great pics as always. What a lovely herd of deer. And thanks for visiting my blog regularly and leaving your nice comments.

Barb said...

Oh, that first shot sure shows the wide open spaces! So grand that even ancient trees look small.

Merri said...

We just passed through some of that God's country on our road trip, twice - I'm becoming obsessed with it!
- The Equestrian Vagabond

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