During our trip
last month to the UK, our travelling companions, who are about our age,
expressed gratitude in a memorable way for the ability to travel actively. They want to do as much as they can while their
hips and knees still function. Hips and
knees might be a metaphor to some extent, but you get the point. We’re appreciative to have reached retirement
and still having some gas in our tanks.
No family trip would be complete these days without
fishing. Marco spent our first full day
on this road trip near Beaver, Utah angling on the Beaver River. Steve
Dawson guided him on private property, and they hardly noticed the heat
dome. I retreated with Gypsy the Wonder Dog and the overworked van refrigerator
to higher altitude. They were shocked to learn that my car thermometer read
105F when I returned to pick the dude up.
The nights before and after, we boondocked at a cool 10,000
ft along the upper reaches of the river. This is nearby Puffer Lake from the
air. I’m interested in seeing the aspen stands here in the fall.
In what feels like a homecoming, we followed with a stay in
a dog-friendly rental in Park City.
Between summer and ski trips, we figure we’ve been there at least forty
times. We indulged in our favorite hikes, shopping, patio restaurants, and
(Gypsy’s passion) the library lawn which is a de facto dog park. This shot is
actually from last year, but you get the gist. Park City is remarkably
dog-friendly, and she was invited into (and given treats in) the Kuhl store and Fishwest, the
fishing shop on Main Street.
We spent two days in the Uinta Mountains, managing to find
photogenic fishing spots (the grail) with not a soul around (a huge plus).
|Lupines at sunrise, North Kaibab Forest Arizona
We had two more days, and there wasn’t much deliberation
before we decided to spend them in the North Rim Forest, halfway home and at a
high altitude. I’ve been busy with other things, so this was my first trip
there this season. I’d missed it. We found a couple of isolated, quiet camp
spots, and even had the pleasure of a little downpour one afternoon. After the huge snowfall last winter, I
expected an impressive showing of ferns and flowers, but both were much more
sparse than last year. I did find one
sweet field of lupines, at least.
|North Kaibab Forest Arizona
Drone flight is complicated near the Grand Canyon – the Special
Flight Rules Area extends into the National Forest and some research is
required to see where aircraft are allowed.
Our first camp qualified, and I was thrilled to be able to see Vermillion
Cliffs and Navajo Mountain from 300 feet above us. This should be fun in the
autumn as well.