Thursday, June 5, 2014

High Up, High On the Mountain . . .

When Kenneth, Melinda, and Diana were at the cabin, we decided to try to hike to the top of the hill behind the cabin.  We had never made it all the way to the top because of all of the downed timber, so we wanted to see whether we could this time.

We found the walking much easier.  Without all of the slash on the trees, we had a relatively clear path to the top.  The fire did not change the steep grade, however, and we still had quite a climb.  But, we made it nearly to the top of the hill in record time, despite the fact that Don and I are not exactly fast hikers any more.

About 3/4 of the way up, we noticed most of the aspens had quit sprouting and the only green was one particular plant - I believe a thistle or nettle.  I hate to think of the canyon being overtaken by nettle or thistle, but without it, the ground would wash away.

The kids and aspen trees

We also found a number of very interesting "sculptures" in the trees.  A most fascinating walk!

The top of the mountain

The fire was so hot, it melted this post
The nettle or thistle

A fire sculpture

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