Sunday, March 27, 2011

Evening Stroll Down The Ogden River Trail.


We were out for a family event in Ogden and while there I noticed how high and fast the Ogden River was flowing, so I decided to go for a walk. I was joined by a few people in the family who agreed it would be nice..


DSC_0700 Under Bridge Rapid

 DSC_0712 Nobody could capture this in a picture, but this branch was dipping into the river, being pushed downstream and out and back again. Like an oar being rowed.

DSC_0726  DSC_0753 Next the the river sits the Ogden Rodeo Grounds and this building with a series of interesting murals painted on the backside. Here are a couple of my favorites.

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DSC_0747 Here you can see the swollen levels of the river.

DSC_0748 Other than the constant heart attack it is to have kids around such a raging river, they can be darned cute sometimes.

DSC_0750 DSC_0770 DSC_0765 DSC_0777 Reached a section of rapids and played with some long exposure shots. 

DSC_0789 Once you get passed the Rodeo Grounds and a few private residents the trail gets kind of pretty in and of itself. At this point we decided to turn back towards home, the kids were getting restless and it looked like rain.

DSC_0793 Big Ol Tree

DSC_0794 I loved this unidentified tree. (mind you I have an active imagination) but I thought it resembled a witch hunched over and reaching into the river.

DSC_0796 DSC_0797 DSC_0805 Nice clouds.

Considering how much the area has been ravaged by mans hand, it is still a nice stroll. Next time we are in the area we are going to take the trail the other direction towards the canyon. It’s closer to the road, but who knows what we might find.

As someone who loves nature, and kind of resents mans desire to destroy it, I actually rather liked this trail, even though the hand of man is strong in the area. I think Ogden is doing really well in attempting to balance what the people of Ogden's past have done, and returning the river to it’s original beauty.

Final Squirrel Rating: 7. It is a super easy paved trail, right next to the city, but still feels natural enough that it is enjoyable.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

The Great Salt Lake


I always get restless this time of year, it starts feeling warm, and I want to go out and hike, but there's still snow up in the mountains. So I try to find naturey things to do lower in the valley.

Supposedly, somewhere on the shores of The Great Salt Lake sits a random green sphere. This was what brought me out to the lake. Unfortunately, I never did find this sphere but I still got in a good approximately 2 mile hike.

As I said I was looking for this sphere which I kind of knew the general area it should be, a little south of the Saltaire. There is a frontage rd. next to i80 that gives you opportunity to get to the lake… ish. it is a rather small, shoulder less road that has those little binocular signs indicating a scenic area, right next to signs saying no parking next 2 miles. ??? The first pullout available was rather crowded. I would have liked to take photos here, but apparently this is a rather popular photographic area as there were at least 12 people taking pictures. So we moved on to the next one. There was a small dirt road pullout that indicated it was some sort of nature research trail. Again, it was fenced off, but was easy to get through.

DSC_0499 This is the first site I wanted to see. An old abandoned train and unknown building. I will return to this.

DSC_0500 One of the interesting things about the Great Salt Lake is that its water levels fluctuate drastically. We are currently in a low levels cycle. It was a mile from where we parked to the shore, yet where we parked is is obvious that that was shoreline during high levels.

DSC_0506DSC_0512 It took me a while to determine what I was looking at, but at this point I decided it was once an old pier?

DSC_0521 It was a little spongy here, so we decided to head back towards the what appears to be man created raised area.

DSC_0526 I love that there are signs of river beds

DSC_0528 DSC_0532 DSC_0537 Yep still convinced this was once a pier.

DSC_0548 DSC_0552 And then we found this… it seems there was a pumping station of some sort?


DSC_0557 DSC_0562 DSC_0564 The unknown structure narrowed and heightened.

UPDATE 3/18/11: A friend informs me this was one a railroad trestle that crossed the lake called the Lucin Cutoff.

DSC_0565 DSC_0587DSC_0593Another interesting thing about The Great Salt Lake is that, even though it is a rather large lake, it is really rather shallow. Averaging at about 13 feet deep. Due to this it’s shores are kind of… skewompous.

Did you know that the Great Salt Lake is the 4th largest terminal lake? A terminal lake has inlets, but no outlets. Water only decreases due to evaporation, which is why it is so salty. Supposedly, a human can float on the surface, although I have never tried this.

DSC_0568   DSC_0585 End of the line, with a salty foam.


DSC_0592 Landis found a walking stick! Which apparently was good enough that he kept it.


DSC_0606 I decided that the man made raised path must have originally been a marina, during high waters anyway.

DSC_0610 Random letter?

Upon returning to the car we noticed the throng of photographers had left the train, so even though I had lost prime lighting I decided to head over there as well.

DSC_0614 DSC_0616 DSC_0617 DSC_0618 DSC_0620 DSC_0626 DSC_0621 DSC_0625 DSC_0629 DSC_0633 “Temple Of The Birds” Totally unofficial title of this unknown building but I think it fits quite well. Judging by what I saw on my hike out to the shore, I think this was originally some sort of pumping station. It is now home to more graffiti than building, but it is still rather interesting.

DSC_0637 DSC_0640 I hate graffiti. I really do, however, I found most of the graffiti at this location to be rather interesting.DSC_0641

All and all, even though I never found what I was looking for, I had a good time, and I enjoyed my first spring hike of the year.

My goal this year is to hit some of the more out of the way little known places. So look forward to that, and feel free to poke me if I fail at this goal.

Final result: 9 out of 10 Squirrels. Only losing 1 squirrel due to having to crawl through a fence. (and maybe a slight disappointment on not finding my “Easter egg”.) Other than that, it was a very easy hike, great one to do during the early spring time when you want to do some nature. Plus there is some cool stuff to see.

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