Friday, March 9, 2012

Hog Lake Speaks to Me

I hiked to Hog Lake and headed south to explore a more upland trail than where I had been before. I knew there was another trail from the maps I had seen. It was a sunny and a quickly warming day. I was there fairly early in the morning and the lake ice was really talking! It is very hard to describe the sounds it was making. The sun was beating down and warmed the surface; a deep 'spbbroing' which was at times quite and then louder but running up and down the lake from where I stood over-looking it. Then it would occasionally 'crack' and snap as well. Very entertaining. I followed the elusive trail after it crossed the access road at the south end of Hog Lake. I found a beautiful spot just off the trail overlooking the stream and pond between the two cliffs lining the canyon. Where I sat to have lunch was very scenic and right above a beaver dam which was surrounded by the only open water. Outstandingly gorgeous! My new favorite spot to contemplate life and nature! I will be back there many times over the years that are left to me...

Further Explorations at Folsom Farm near Fishtrap Lake Feb. 2012

'Our' Viewpoint in February

The Search- Another Adventure with David

We were attempting to find a rumored petroglyph but no luck this time. This area had a fire rage through a few years ago and the descent into the canyon was denuded of trees for the most part. We hiked in and out and over the incredible numbers of boulders in the base of this steep canyon. Eventually we opted to follow a game trail up and out of that maze of slippery rocks. The picture of that 'elephant' rock is near the top of the canyon wall along a game trail and the trail goes right through it! I could walk through it without bending over at all!