Day of giving thanks

26 11 2020

On this day of thanksgiving, I thought I’d share some images from the other day when I hiked to the top of Flat Top in Spring Creek Basin. Among the many objects of my gratitude: moisture. And these pix show it in most obvious form. πŸ™‚

Starting about halfway up one of the western fins, this is looking west-northwestish across part of the western part of the basin. Filly Peak is the prominent hill at left. Part of Spring Creek canyon is visible on the right side of the image. Lingering clouds obscure most of Utah’s La Sal Mountains in the far distance. Note how much snow has already melted in the lower regions of Spring Creek Basin and far lower Disappointment Valley.

This is looking to the north-northwest.

And looking to the west-southwest. That’s Filly Peak again at far right. The already-meltedness is obvious in this image.

From the top, southern edge of Flat Top, this is the view looking across a small part of the southern part of Spring Creek Basin and across Disappointment Road (not visible), where the land rises to the south, encompassing more BLM land (outside the herd management area) before the invisible border where it meets San Juan National Forest.

From the east side of Flat Top, looking east: Round Top across most of the image, McKenna Peak at mid-left and Temple Butte at center-back.

The top of Flat Top isn’t really that big – and it’s also really not that flat, despite its appearance from below-the-top ground level. It’s made up of fins of ridges that stretch out and down, mostly to the northwestish and north on the north and west sides. In one little drainage, there’s a random little cluster of pinon-juniper trees – evidence of the collection, at least at one time, of moisture needed to grow trees.

The top of Round Top also really isn’t that big. I’ve been on top of that hill many, many times; the top of Flat Top, not so many times.

And here I am, back on the west side of Flat Top, stopping for one more soaking in of the view, even as the snow was soaking into the ground. Even more had melted in the time I was on top.

Those are my tracks from my hike up the ridge-fin. Melty-melty. I followed them back down …

… for one more visit with some of the wild horses for which I am so grateful. Look how the ground around the shadscale and sage already has been slurped by the plants. Yes, it was extraordinarily, sloppily, marvelously muddy. πŸ™‚

Happy Thanksgiving to you all, for whom I’m also grateful! My family, of course, tops my list this day, and though I can’t be with them, we’re together in spirit, as I hope so many of you are with your own families if you’re avoiding travel.

Peaceful wishes and gratitude to you all!



12 responses

26 11 2020
Maggie Frazier

You would be envious of our weather right now – raining all night & still. We have had a fairly dry summer – just enough rain – not too much likeususal. Do wish I could send some to you & the horse. Have a happy Thanksgiving. I’m staying home too – family close by but some work so are out & about. Safer this way.

30 11 2020

That’s all we need, really “just enough”! Stay safe!

26 11 2020

Happy Thanksgiving to you all and to my family who love these horses! And thanks for the wonderful geography lesson. Keep hiking!

30 11 2020

You know I will. πŸ™‚

26 11 2020
Karen Schmiede

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

30 11 2020


26 11 2020
Sue Story

What a wonderful Thanksgiving gift, TJ – a collection of panoramas from the Basin and another beautiful mustang portrait thrown in for good measure! I’m loving it! Thankful for so much today and that includes you and our favorite wild mustangs, Spring Creek Basin HMA and your exquisite photos. Happy Thanksgiving to you, TJ and to everyone!

30 11 2020

Thanks, Sue. I hope you and Denny had a wonderful day and also were able to get out and about!

27 11 2020

Happy Thanksgiving to you TJ.

30 11 2020

And to you!

29 11 2020

Beautiful view and moisture!

Sent from my iPhone


30 11 2020

The best. πŸ™‚

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