Sunday, September 01, 2013

A Quiet Labor Day Hike

We never plan to camp on holiday weekends, as we always believe the campsites will be overflowing, loud, messy, kid and young adult playgrounds – a venue that is not typically our cup-a-joe.

But we would chance a ride through a campsite just for the day on a holiday weekend,  just to look at the scenery. Today was the time for such a ride, through the Diamond Fork Canyon, South of Spanish Fork.

There was something eerily quiet about today – maybe the fact that everyone was indeed out of town. But where? Because the campsites were not indeed full, like you would expect.

I am not sure whether it was the rainy forecast for this weekend, or the roaming, low, gray clouds of today, but there were not many people around the canyon.

After a slow ride through the mountains, we picked a trail accompanying the Diamond Fork river, and we took in the silence, the chirping of the stream, the swishing of the aspen leaves, and the beautiful flora outlining our path.

It did sprinkle almost throughout our entire walk, but it was still nice to get out and recharge through the beauty of these parts and the smells and the sounds of the land.

Here’s a small window into our wanderings of today, through the lens of our Canons:

No one but us, our truck and the mountains! 

There was this bizarre, taken apart door in one of the spots along the river. Very out of place, as there were no buildings around. Just wilderness. A weird trace of humans gone by ...

The Diamond Fork river was the fullest I have seen it at the end of the summer, in three years of living in Utah! And we did not, in fact, have a very rainy summer!

There was something viscerally painful-looking about this scarred tree ... Just so beautiful and raw!   

When you see standing water in Utah's high desert, you know it's been raining - for a while! 
Trail and river, mirroring each other ... 

Hanging on to summer - wild flowers. 

River vegetation: this very green stalk looked like corn, in the middle of nothing but wilderness.   
Some sort of mountain berries, shriveled up in the sun. 

Fallen tree with fungus. 

Oak leaves and rain drops. 

The whisper of another season coming up, despite our best efforts to delay it. Click on the last picture, to see our entire album. 

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