Thursday, September 21, 2017

Guernsey State Park - A Hike Along Old Quarry Road

Tomorrow is the first day of fall, once a day of celebration for the bounty of summer gardens and fields. Now it is more of a, “When is the first day of fall anyway?” Let me be the first to wish all of you a happy fall, or should I say, let me be the only one to wish you a happy fall.


As the days cool we are spending more and more time in the park, several good hikes this week. If any of you have never tried a fall walk outside of the city limits, with leaves starting to turn and the smell of Autumn in the air, I highly recommend it.


Two days ago we took an enjoyable hike from Upper Spotted Tail to where it joins Old Quarry Road. We followed this old path back to the old onyx mine.

3122 Co Road Rock along the trail


Always a great walk and, just guessing here, only about a mile and a half, maybe two.  All of today's photos are from that hike.


Get out and enjoy fall, it's not all just about Halloween.


With cold weather approaching it’s time to get exercise and for the days you will stay inside –take a look at my books here – including the one on the building of GuernseyState Park.

Splitting Limestone about 80 Years ago


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Guernsey State Park - Back to Normal

A Touch of Fall in the Park
Looks like the park is back to normal after more than 30,000 people showed up for the four-day Eclipse celebration. It was terrific seeing so many people enjoying the park, but it sure is nice to have it quiet down as we head toward fall.

This is the time of year when Jan and I enjoy hikes and drives in the park. Our activities range from walks of a couple of miles to simply sitting somewhere and enjoying the views.
Taking a Break on Black Canyon Point Trail

I have spent some time the past few days looking at some of the smaller projects the Civilian Conservation Corps finished in the park. I don’t think it is possible to find all of the parks CCC work, but it sure is fun when we find something new.
A small area along Lakeshore Drive - Built by the CCC, Holding Back the Mountainside.

Cooler weather means it is a terrific time to hike or just sit and enjoy the view in Guernsey State Park.

My book on the park is still selling well, both locally and on line. You can pick up an inexpensive eBook copy here or order the soft cover edition and put it in the office, on the coffee table, or make it a gift for someone who loves the park.
CCC Worker Statue at the CCC Museum in Guernsey State Park

If you like reading western fiction, mysteries, gardening books or fun kid’s chapter books take a look at all my books here. That ends my shameless self-promotion of my CCC and the Building of Guernsey State Park book and my eight fiction titles.







Friday, September 1, 2017

On The Trails Again

Where has the summer gone? I know, it's not Labor Day yet so we still have summer and officially after Labor Day we still have another three weeks until fall. But I can feel it, cooler nights and evening rains sure seems fall like to me.


On another note what a great job the crew at Guernsey State Park did for the eclipse, we were out and about in the park a couple of days before and the day after the eclipse and it looked like a lot of fun was had by all.

Now that it is cooler, somewhat anyway, we have resumed hiking in the park. Did you know that Newell Bay Trail has more than 100 CCC built steps? What a great trail. We were not up to doing a full loop but did half on two different evenings.

This is one of my favorite times in the park, fall colors starting and still some wildflowers. It is also the time of year we see the park's animals starting to move around a bit more. Give it a try.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Guernsey State Park and the Silt Run is on

The lake is down as far as it can go with the silt run in full force. No good for water sports but still a great time to watch wildlife or hike the trails. Also nice time for a picnic in one of the old time CCC shelters. Looks like the lake will be full by the end of July, and water sports time again.

 Family  heading to  the shelter at Long Canyon for a picnic

From a recent hike in the park - Near Brimmer Point

The view from Sitting Bull Shelter

Love watching the Bluebirds in all the new houses in the park

While the lake is nothing more than a river this post has a few shots I took in the park the past couple of weeks. 

Nice little one - yearling Mule Deer



Small Rattlesnake crossing the road

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Guernsey State Park - The Water is High

This time of the year when the snow is melting up high and we are not in the midst of a drought, it is fun to watch the water roar down the North Spillway through the original Bureau of Reclamation gate.



The gate was recently re-done and looks to be good to go for another few decades.


When the night air starts to cool the area, the rushing water creates numerous rainbows. The full lake once again has the small waterfall north of the spillway going again.


At my age, it seems like summers are as much looked forward to as when I was a kid growing up.


Let the fun begin – it’s summer – again.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Guernsey State Park - A Full Lake View

The Bay at Black Canyon Cove

We have been spending some time walking and driving in the park the past few evenings. It has been warm and the lake looks great.

Looking toward Brimmer Point on top of Powell Mountain


I thought it might be fun to post a few water photos I took this week.


Evening in the park can be quite calming


The trees, grass, and wildflowers are quite healthy this year.


Why we hike - It's all about the view



From Mae West Hill



The Lake from Lower Spotted Tail
Rock and Water
End of another day - looking toward Sandy Beach






Monday, May 15, 2017

From the Castle in the Park

With the warm weather, it is nice to be out and about in the park again. Nothing is better than a quick drive up to the North Bluff to visit the Castle. 


All the photos today are from the Castle and Skyline Drive, the road up to the North Bluff.
I never tire of the view from the Castle where it has proudly sat on the North Bluff overlook for more than 80 years. 



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Drive Over the Dam - Lakeshore Drive

It is so nice to have the road across the dam open once again. The work to the old Stoney Gate is complete, and all is well once again.

 We have already driven Lakeshore Drive over the dam several times. By the way, not sure my campaign to get Lakeshore Drive marked as such instead of the Lake Side Drive that was invented by someone other than the CCC men who built it and many years later, is gaining any traction. Just kidding, no campaign but it is Lakeshore, not Lake Side.  
The view along Lakeshore Drive - never gets old
Look close the North Bluff Castle is on top the hill

Still a great time to view wildlife in and around the park. 
Osprey sitting on a post as we came into the park


Relaxing
Eagles near Black Canyon Point

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Lake Has Water - Again

It's back - no not some creature in a B movie. The lake is back, and it sure looks nice.
The view from Brimmer Point
From Sandy Beach

We took our Easter drive this evening along Skyline Drive and enjoyed seeing the signs indicating that summer is coming.
Leave it to nature to make a perfect bouquet of daisies and grow them from solid rock on Brimmer Trail
These guys are back and circling just waiting for me to drop on a hike

Not sure when the road over the dam will be open again but it doesn't look like it will be long.
Looks like the gate work is done, or close to it.
 Took this photo as we hiked Red Cliff Trail Friday