|Annie surveys her southeast Utah kingdom.|
|The start of Horsethief Canyon trail.|
|Rita and Annie pound the dusty path into the canyon.|
With sapphire skies and a temperature of 68 degrees Easter Sunday was the perfect day to introduce Annie to the sandy washes and slickrock surfaces of desert hiking. Horsethief Trail, in southeastern Utah's canyon country, is a dog-friendly trail in a wilderness study area.
While March 31st is too early for wildflowers, the cooler temperatures were enjoyed by us and by Annie—her black coat absorbs the sun's rays like a tar-covered road on a hot summer's day.
|In my first Horsethief Canyon post I described the harrowing|
experience of losing the trail. This time we tied red surveyors tape to
junipers as we left the wash (left center). Easier to see than the cairns,
the fluttering tapes guided us from the rocky outcrops back into the canyon.
We removed the tapes and packed them out with us on our return.
|High above the canyon, |
Annie and Rita break for lunch on "table-top" rock.
|Tim and Annie hike back to the trailhead. Even on this cool day|
Annie used every scrap of shade in an effort to escape the sun.
Read all about the Horsethief Canyon hike—and view desert wildflower photos—on my previous post: http://onedayinamerica.blogspot.com/2012/04/horse-thief-canyon-trail-in-utahs-san.html
Horsethief Canyon is part of Utah's San Rafael Swell, a remote desert region in southeastern Utah. You can learn more by visiting these websites: http://www.sanrafaelswell.org/indexnew.html