Thursday May 20 2010
We went out to mark some of the trails for the 3-day Owyhee Fandango ride May 28-30. You'll see some of this if you do Day One.
Holy Moly - it wasn't deer, it was big horn sheep! I've only rarely seen these, and never here - they are usually 2 drainages further east. You'll be real lucky if you see these!
(We also saw a deer, 2 lone pronghorns, a nice brown snake, a red-tailed hawk nest, ravens.)
Picking a trail through the brush, heading to the Rock Corral.
The flowers are pretty outrageous in the desert right now - lupine, bitterbrush, Indian paintbrush, biscuitroot, buckwheat, daisies, phlox, aster, and others I don't know. The blooming bitterbrush and the lupine smell so sweet.
Mac was a bit frantic on his own, but Rhett is coming now!
Don't want to get off to tie a ribbon here.
We had several boot malfunctions! This was on a steep slope that I almost fell down on while trying to remove the hanging boot - fortunately Mac just stood there and didn't move!
Hart Creek drainage, looking toward the Owyhee mountains.
Coming down into an old homestead.
Steph points the way.
Mac and Rhett have a discussion.
I found a Raven feather!
There's a crazy amount of grass, too.
Back into the home creek after 7 hours of marking trail.
A good day in Owyhee! Come see it at the Owyhee Fandango in southern Idaho end of May.
More photos of the Alder Creek loop here