Monday, June 18, 2007

Morning Hikes - by Brad

For the last three weeks, I have been getting up an hour early to hike the hills behind our house. As I have mentioned before, I feel that it is a waste to have beautiful hills right in our backyard and not utilize them. Therefore, I decided that before sitting at my desk all day, I needed to work my legs a bit.


Anyway, there are two main peaks on the hills. Castle Rock (on the right) and Chopper Peak (in the middle).


It takes about 25 minutes (at a pretty good pace) to get to Castle Rock from my back door. It's about 750 ft higher in elevation than our house. I can make it to the top of Chopper Peak in 35 minutes. Chopper Peak is about a 1,300 ft higher than our house.

This morning, I hiked around the back side of Castle Rock and as I came around a corner I heard coyotes howling from the other side of a big ravine. I watched for a while and then I saw three coyotes pass along the trail up to Chopper Peak about 300 yards away. I managed to get a picture of them, but I don't have a telephoto lens and my batteries were dying, so it didn't come out that great (view larger for blurry dogs)...


I also found one of the neatest wild flowers I have ever seen. I did a little research and found out that it is a Sagebrush Mariposa Lily... yeah it sounds pretty girly for me to like, but oh well...

2 comments:

Janet said...

Ooooh - the flower pictures are beautiful when enlarged! I'm not so excited about the blurry dogs, however. I'm sure it was really fun to hear - and then see them though. Keep up the hiking!

Peaby said...

That's pretty awesome Brad! If I go for a hike out my back door, I'm likely to get hit by a bus. Way to take advantage of it.