Mission: Aspen

October 13

While hiking up Saddle Mountain I could see the flames of intense yellow aspen high on the plateau above me. I had thought they were already gone, as I saw coming over Cedar Breaks in Utah. So my mission today is finding a grove to paint. I drive to Jacob’s Lake (no Internet access there either) and chase Forest Service dirt roads. Finally I do better on the main road – but I’m awed by how much there is to explore, and how much time it takes when you have 20 miles of dirt driveway round trip to negotiate. I decide to alternate walking and painting days.

Aspen grove on the Kaibab Plateau

Aspen grove on the Kaibab Plateau

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