Late afternoon brought on the "sleepies", so I thought to myself that I could either lie down and take a nap or go outside and enjoy this wonderful weather while it lasts! Not a hard choice. I decide to hike up along the ridge line trail above the house. So off I go, walking through my yard to my neighbor's trailhead to get up the hill. On the way, my neighbor was out working in the yard so I stop to chat a bit. He warned me that the last 3 times he and his dogs had been up, they had run into a cow and calf moose. So off I tread, making noise along the way and keeping my eyes out for the pair; however, no moose were seen today.
Along the narrow trail up hill, I stop in a clearing to look back from where I had just come.
You can see the 2nd story and the balcony of my house just at the edge of the trees.
Also along the trail I notice the budding Hawthorne trees.
Also Glacier Lilies...
and Shortstyle Bluebells were blooming.
My house sits at an elevation of 5100' +/-. The top of the ridge is around 5450'. About half way uphill, I come upon what I call the lower ridge road. I follow it until I get to a 3 way intersection, naturally I take the one on the right leading to the top!
About half way up to the top, again I stop to look back from where I had come.
I reach the top out of breath, of course! The wind is at a gale, a steady 10mph wind with occasional gusts that I have to brace against. The view is spectacular.
|Looking West (Weber Canyon)|
|South East towards the city of Morgan|
The snow covered peak in the far distance is Powder Mountain Ski Resort. You also notice the wide path here which is used by ATVs to turn around.
|North East |
(Snow Basin Ski Resort is along the right side of the mountain.)
The terrain here consists of crumbling shale rock, sagebrush and low standing scrub oak trees.
At the bottom of this long stretch I make a turn downhill to reconnect up with the lower ridge road again and return home.
All the while enjoying the views along the way!
Along the trail, an Old World Swallowtail dances in front of me before landing on the sagebrush. This was the only shot I could get of him as he quickly took to flight, got caught up in a gust of wind and flew (blew) away!
I think the wind kept most of the birds away or down on the ground, but I did see a few:
Thanks for taking a walk with me in My Mountain Green!