We had another great First Day Hike out here at ol’ Cottonwood with around 25 folks braving the cold and ice. There were familiar faces to catch up with and new faces to meet. It was great to show off some of the improvements we made last year–like Cottonwood plantings, new all accessible gravel trails and an expansion of the interpretive displays.
Thanks to the volunteers and staff who made these happen.
If you missed the hike there is always next year. . . And we are always open. The largely snow free trails are screaming “Hike don’t ski”.
Our November hosts Elizabeth Daniel and Jim Deaton wrote this for the blog several weeks ago, and I am now just getting it on the site. My appologies for the delay. However my lack of punctuality has done nothing to sully the incredible work this couple did during their stay. The photos are breathtaking Elizabeth. Thank you!
The otters are out. And so should you! Join us on our yearly First Day Hike this Friday (January 1st). We will be meeting at the Welcome Center at 11 AM and enjoying a leisurely non-strenuous hike for about 2 miles.
Looks like it will be COLD and sunny–dress warm!
And maybe we will see the otters like we did this morning. . .
Getting a little cabin crazy? Want to walk off those Holiday cookies? Start the year with a little outside time? Join us for our annual First Day Hike on January 1st–11 AM meeting at the Visitor Center. Last year was cold, clear and the Bighorn Sheep came out to join us! Let’s hope for the same this year–maybe not the cold part.
In gratitude to our fallen feathered fowl who will, no doubt, adorn many a table and fill a fleet of gravy boats this Thursday of thanks, our resident photographer and wildlife advocate Elizabeth Daniel has also boiled down a pot of feathered photos that’s tastier than grandma’s marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes with butter and brown sugar.
Mmmm. Mmmmm. Mmmmmm. That’s sweet.
On Nov. 8, I asked Elizabeth to come up with 30 birds in 30 days. And she did her best given that it is only now Nov. 25. The best part was getting to pester her daily. She’s a good sport, but a better photographer and friend. She has come through for us with her point and shoot. Quite well, I say.
We have done our best to identify some of these birds. But we are not ornithologists at this time. If we have made an error in our identification, please look past our deficiency and bask in the insane variety of colors, sizes, shapes and niche these birds employ in our natural world.
When you think you’ve seen it all… slap yourself. Because there’s no same same there.
Another day is an other day.
And you can walk on the moon.
Or be frozen in the beauty of silence.
Or washed anew in fresh fallen snow.
A gifted photographer with some pretty cool gadgets came by last week.
Peter Stevens is his name.
He is a good friend to our current camp hosts Elizabeth Daniels and Jim Deaton.
Peter was also quite handy with a rake and native grass seed. Some Big Sherman Blue should be popping this spring thanks to his handy work.
Much appreciated Peter and see you soon! Now a Stevens-inspired moment of zen via Quadra copter:
Now let mind drift like river through canyon.
And make sure to join us for our New Year’s Day hike!