Me and Lilah and my sister went up to the Uintahs for a hike today.
It was beautiful, cooler and so fun to be together. We passed ten lakes on our way and took a few minutes to enjoy several. There were still some flowers in bloom though it’s looking a bit like fall already up there.
We spotted a frog and a salamander and tried out “the elevator”, our old nickname for a floating island of grass, moss and dirt on one of the lakes. We walked out on it and enjoyed it sinking and spraying and moving as we walked.
I also made good use of the opportunity to try out my macro lens some more. Here are a few of my favorite pictures taken with it from the day.
We took a week and made a trip to California, to visit the ocean.
On the way we stopped and explored Zzyxz, an old mineral springs spa town which has been taken over by a school for wildlife research but still has some abandoned buildings to roam. It was so incredibly hot, but still worth a short detour. The bath house was there, with an outdoor pool and some window frames looking away toward the mountains.
Here Gavin is “swimming” in the pool.
Nearby is a lodging house with tiny rooms in a long row. We found the whole area fascinating.
We also spotted some bighorn sheep along the road there.
The tide wasn’t super low for tidepooling when we were at the beach but we looked in them anyway and found a bunch of creatures roaming. We saw anemones, an urchin, a few ochre stars, mussels, barnacles of several types, hermit crabs, bigger crabs, fish, sea hares ranging from the size of a finger to the size of a melon, periwinkle and moon snails, a keyhole limpet, and some serpula.
The kids spent a bunch of time bodyboarding and wading and Chris and I got in a bit too. One afternoon we spotted a small bunch of dolphins off shore.
I had a lot of fun trying out my new macro lens that attaches to my phone! It was tricky to use on tidepools because it needs to be so close the subject so I mostly used it on dry or recently washed up items. These are a lobster tail, a crystalline iceplant seedpod, kelp, driftwood, seaweed. I really enjoyed messing about with it and am looking forward to doing much more. Thanks, Mama and Daddy!
Several nights, Chris and I got to take night walks on the beach as there was one a block from the place we stayed. It was lovely. We watched the waves and the birds.
On the way out of town we stopped at a sculpture garden to see “Bunny Henge.”
Farewell for now, Ocean. We’ll see you soon.
On our drives, we listened to the first two books in the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde, and began Rivals, Frenemies Who Changed the World by Scott McCormick.