NOTES: Good hike, beautiful morning. I don't know how excited Hope was to be there. She whined a bit. Maybe it is because we are such amazing hikers that she had a hard time keeping up. Yeah, I'm sure that's it...
NOTES: Our first hike with Amy's new puppy, Hope! We were thrilled to have her join us. She is about the cutest thing ever!! She is still learning not to get under our feet, however, and I stepped on her. She seemed to be okay later, so all is well. Good weather for hiking. Beautiful summer, blue skies, lots of greenery, overall, just a great hike.
HIKERS: Kim, Jamie, Amy, Isa the dog SUMMIT TIME: 1 hour 2 min WAY POINTS: Fork 32 min, Flood Zone 42 min RT TIME: 1 hour 47 min ELEVATIONS: Summit 7800' WEATHER: 50 F - 59 F, overcast & rain
AMY'S NOTES: This is Jamie's favorite. Our time is one minute longer than last summer, but interestingly our fork and flood times were also longer (29 & 37 respectively for last year) which means we cruised on the upper stretch this morning. The last section above the flood zone is the steepest. Temperatures were cool with rain on the way down, perfect for the strenuous climb of Petey's. Kim and I hit the Satisfied Ewe afterwards for bacon, sausage, eggs, and a warm up coffee. For comparison see http://hazardstats.blogspot.com/2008/09/petey-bishop-summit-again.html
KIM'S NOTES: Amy was tired from her Bald Mt summit trip (and I'm always tired), so we did New Canyon again. It was a great morning for hiking. We made some plans and had a great chat. Less mosquitoes today, Yay!
KIM'S NOTES: We were still tired from doing Bald summit, so we just did a quick, easy trail this morning. We fought through hoards of mosquitos and got bit lots even with the bug spray Jamie brought. It was fun to have Whitney join us even though she makes fun of our blog.
HIKERS: Amy, Isa the dog SUMMIT TIME: 1 hr 45 min RT TIME: 3 hr 20 min ELEVATIONS: 5900 ft - 8464 ft DISTANCE: 9.2 miles RT WEATHER: 50 F - 70 F, nice breeze & sunny
AMY'S NOTES: You know you love your dog when you let her drink from the same camelback. Once again a beautiful morning in Sanpete - we seem to have an endless supply and I have yet to tire of them. The flowers were out in abundance this morning and I've decided my favorite part of this hike is near the top when you step out of a steep narrow oak section and walk into the wide expansive view of the rounded sagebrush top. In the early morning the sun lights everything up from behind including the zillions of swarming mosquitoes. (Aside: I was laughing at myself while thinking how much easier this was than the last time I did this in Jan with no snow shoes...)
KIM'S NOTES: Our times are not as fast as last Aug., but that was at the end of our hiking season and this is the beginning, so really think we are doing great. There were swarms of mosquitoes and lots of mud, but we pressed forward and had a great hike. We saw a skunk (probably good Isa wasn't there to chase it) and lots of birds, one of which didn't fly and plumed up it's back feathers as it ran away (I think it was a chukar.) Weather was great, not too hot, and the scenery is beautiful. You can see the scratches on my camera lens from when I fell on top of Notch. Bummer. I really just might have to buy a new one...
AMY'S NOTES: Kim, your summit time is better than last fall which was 1 hour 53 minutes. Celebrate.