Thursday, October 04, 2007

Another try at Utah canyon hiking.

I will be heading to Utah to try hiking again starting this Saturday and have 2 weeks to enjoy myself. I'm hoping for nice weather, the weather around Seattle has been unusually wet and cold for this time of year. I plan to start at Arches and go to Zion with many stops between, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce, and any other tempting spots. Hopefully I will do better at hiking than the last time I was there when I found it too hot and route finding difficult. I might branch out to other areas if I feel like doing so.

I'm also hoping to see some nice fall colors in the mountains. On my recent trip to Yellowstone it was a bit early for the best colors. However, I was rewarded while camping the last night, I was near Hebgen Lake, close enough to hear the geese and loons. Near dusk, I heard an elk bugling, the only one I heard this trip. I cautiously ventured out to a clearing hoping for a better view but not luck. I'm aware elk can be dangerous at this time of year, I've seen the videos on the YNP site and I watched an elk tear up a small tree. I didn't see the elk but he began bugling again after I went back to my campsite.

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