My world is so many things: the world inside my mind, the world I live in, the world around me. At least a couple of times a week my world exists on this trail. What is strange to me now is that camera or no camera I'm taking pictures and dialoging in my head for my blog! So part of my world is the blogging community which is really kind of cool and an interesting way to make new friends all around the world!
Indian Canyon is between Duchesne and Price, Utah. There is not much traffic on this road and in the winter it can become impassable. I had to go to Price for work on Thursday so along the way I stopped and took this scenic shot.
In July we will be returning to a family camp spot in northern Wyoming. It's a tradition that started back with my mother and father-in-law and their kids. Although they are gone now, the kids and grandkids are maintaining the tradition. We haul up campers and four wheelers and spend two weeks in some of the most beautiful country in the world. My husband would always look at other mountain ranges and say, "Those are nice, but they aren't the Big Horns." My response was usually something like, "OK, yeah, right." Then I saw the Big Horns and spent time hiking, fishing and exploring them and I must admit, this is a special place.
There are big granite peaks, fields of wildflowers, beautiful running creeks with lots of fish and moose. I'll be posting pictures after our trip in July, but after I found this shot from a trip two years ago, well, I just had to share it with the SkyWatchFriday bunch.
Imagine my delight this morning when I heard the snow melt running in the creek! Dry Fork Canyon doesn't have water all year long, only in the spring. Later in the year the water disappears into the "sinks" and then shows up in Ashley Creek further downstream. It's such a lovely sound and makes the hike even more pleasant.
Skipper enjoys being able to get a drink now and then too.
There are two bridges in the first 1.5 mile stretch of the trail. This is the first one.
Jones Hole is the name given to a 2,000-foot-deep gorge that runs along the border between Utah and Colorado in Dinosaur National Monument. Jones Hole Creek, in the bottom of the gorge, is fed from a number of small springs at the head of the canyon and along its sides. The trail begins just below the first spring, at the Jones Hole Fish Hatchery, and winds pleasantly along the creek for about four miles to join the Green River in Whirlpool Canyon. The creek bed is a lush green oasis surrounded by the semiarid land of Dinosaur National Monument. At times the trail climbs away from the water into the sagebrush and pinion-juniper forest that surrounds it, but mostly it stays very close to the canyon floor where boxelders, cottonwoods, and other water-hungry trees prevail. The creek is also an important source of water for the monument’s wildlife, and it is not uncommon to see deer-especially in the early hours of the day.
This is one of my favorite trails, especially this time of year. In the summer it gets too hot to enjoy. There are also Big Horn sheep that have been re-introduced to the area but I don't have any pictures of them from this trip which was taken in 2007. I need to get back down there!
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