(nr Blanding UT)
Continued on UT-95 toward Blanding, and stopped to hike Mule Canyon. It was a pretty trail with rock formations, cottonwood and juniper trees, and a wash with an occasional pool of water.
This time I went well prepared, with water, a snack, compass, and my iPad mini with GPS. Most were not needed for the two mile round trip. The trail was well marked and easy to follow. It paralleled a wash in the bottom of the canyon, so there was little chance of getting lost.
There were lots of interesting rocks, trees and wildflowers to photograph on the way. So, I took my time and enjoyed the variety of colors and textures. An artist’s eye is always on the look out.
The real reason for the hike into Mule Canyon was to see the House on Fire native ruin. It was timed for late afternoon, hoping to catch a good light at the site. I spent about an hour there watching the light change, examining the ruin, and photographing the surrounding cliffs.
After hiking out, I went in search of a boondock camp on BLM land. A short way down the highway there was a good spot below Comb Ridge. It had a very nice view, and some cottonwood trees for evening shade.
Scene: Canyon, rocks, wash, ridge, ruins