This week's Friday Afternoon [Hiking] Club involved a 4 hour walk in my favorite direction: downhill!
Through a Sunflower meadow:
Along a rocky trail, where brightly blooming purple Asters speckle the landscape:
Wildflowers exert a grand effort, feeling the competition on all sides. Suddenly everyone is in the mood to put on a pretty show:
Farther down the mountain, we abandoned the sunny meadows for the cool shade of an Aspen forest:
Where Monarch Butterflies munch wild Milkweed:
Black bears (oh, my!)* nibble on the plentiful berries:
And, flower lovers, such as me and KC, brazenly snoop around secret gardens ~ aka people's backyards in the Old Town neighborhood of Park City.
This Downhill Day
To do this much hiking without putting forth any effort at all, one must first make like tourists and ride the Deer Valley Ski Lift to the top of Bald Eagle Mountain.
From there, we meandered downhill to the legendary Tour de Suds hiking/biking/misbehaving trail that, sooner or later, drops you right in front of a brew pub. Long live our Mountain Trail Foundation. I mean... is that fantastic planning or what?
PS: I don't believe there are any bears around here. Squirrels, maybe, but I don't think they'll eat you.