August 11, 2008

Grape Creek

Yesterday we took a short hike up the Tunnel Drive trail along the Arkansas River. By the time we reached the end we could see the rain heading down the river gorge towards and knew we couldn't stay long. But, thanks to another person pointing it out to us we did get to see the rare Big Horn Sheep. A group of about four were scaling the cliffs on the other side of the river from us. Needless to say, we got wet walking back.

After that we drove up Temple Canyon Road to Grape Creek. What a spectacular place! The mix between alpine and desert landscapes plays out in harmony along this creek and the land surrounding it. Fragrant sage and pinon pine fill the air as you walk along the creek. The hard, pink granite gets polished by the constant flow of water and keeps this creek from wandering to far off course. Apparently this creek is a favorite for trout fishing.

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