The weekend of 19 May 12, Tracy and I headed up to the Uintas to enjoy the extremely early
snow melt. The Uintas are usually still snowed in until at least mid-June, but this winter was
virtually non-existent, so most of the south facing slopes were already melted out by mid-May.
Tracy was still recovering from her February ankle injury in New Zealand, so she couldn't go
wanted to sit in the mountains and read, so I planned to dayhike for a few hours. I ended up
hiking about four miles up to the Sheep Bridge. The hike was nice, with typical Uintas
rockiness. It was forested the whole way, but it ran along the Uinta River for much of the way,
so that was nice, and it was almost completely flat. I also had the trail completely to myself,
which made it that much nicer. After getting back to the truck, we explored roads north of the
trailhead, making our way up the mountain eventually to Pole Creek Lake. We planned to car
camp for the night, but a snow storm was trying to blow in, and the temperature had dropped
dramatically and the wind was cold. I walked down to Pole Creek Lake and thought it was
really nice, but we decided that it was just going to be too cold to enjoy camping out that night.
So we started down into Roosevelt to spend the night and then continue exploring in the
morning. But down in Roosevelt we couldn't find a room that we liked, so we just started
driving west and eventually made it back home late Saturday night. So, somehow, we made a
day trip all the way up into the mountains north of Roosevelt, hiked 8 miles, drove around a lot,
and still made it back home. Good times. But I do want to spend more time in the mountains
outside of Roosevelt, because we haven't been out there very much.