Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Great Basin Adventure

Great Basin National Park is a long ways from almost everything. It is beautiful and peaceful. I am glad we went, but probably won't go back. It has a 13,000 plus mountain, glacier, forests. It has a few lakes, but no fishing. In Utah, we wouldn't even call their lakes the dignified name of "frog pond".

Here are a few of the highlights:
Finding the almost perfect camp spot. Nice tent spot. Fairly close to the stream. No bugs, flies or mosquitoes! The only thing lacking was being able to hear the water feature from our tent. It was quiet, cool and relaxing.
Hiking nearly to timberline, almost to a glacier, through a Bristlecone pine grove. Some of these trees are more than 3,000 years old and still living.

Of course, I have to hug a tree. This one "sapped" me.
Discovering an enchanted, pristine, private forest to explore. (Right next to our camp.) We had fun doing a GPS "treasure hunt". (No, this is not a euphemism)
Check out the deer grazing in the middle of the photo.
Touring a great cave--Lehman. My photos weren't the best because I was using Night mode and couldn't hold it still enough. Oh, well, thank goodness for post cards and internet links.

Being so close to all kinds of deer...within a few yards. One doe even invaded our camp and devoured the mushrooms that we were going to photograph in the morning that had sprouted the morning after a rainstorm.
Discovering a forest filled with curly aspens. Look like they could fit into LOTR.

Seeing real wild horses in their wild setting in a remote area of the Goshute Mountains in Nevada. They were just relaxing. The fence actually was bordering the road and quite a distance from them. I assume to help keep them off the road. There were numerous signs warning of Wild Horses about.

This is a shot of actually how far away they were. The photos above were the best I could do with telephoto.


Bethany said...

Nice trip and photos. Love the wildlife, and that IS a euphemism. :) I am just glad my mom is ok with photos of herself on the net. You rock mamacita!

Muad'Dib said...

That looks pretty cool. Why not go back?

Sayyadina said...

Looks like you had an amazing time! I can't wait to hear all the stories and see all the pics. Missed you guys. Glad you're back.

WildBound said...

Love the pictures. You are really getting the hang of using that camera, it shows!

Desertbound said...

Did you GPS that perfect campsite? If you don't go back, we will. Looks like a great place.