Last weekend in an effort to escape the heat – not that I’m complaining, Kiwi and I ventured up Big Cottonwood Canyon to check out some of the ski resorts and for a little wander. The ski resorts are currently unsurprising mostly closed, but the large grass runs are still visible giving us a good idea of what they might be like once the snow arrives.
We had a walk around silver lake and twin peaks lake. Silver lake is an easy hike that has a pretty board walk all around the lake. the lake itself had a lot of algae in it and a lot of marsh land, very pretty but smaller than I had imagined. We ventured off the main board walk and climbed up a naked ski run to get to twin lakes. It was quite strange being on a ski run with no snow, there will still piste signs and you had a fair idea of how high up the snow must cover in winter.
The hikes were both pretty and a much pleasant temperature. Whilst walking we didn’t see many of the windflowers that are often found around this canyon but we spotted plenty of wildlife. Whilst up on the trail we encountered a strange mice/rabbit creature with no tails. These turned out to be Pika’s, and we had found a colony of them jumping around a rocky area. They make the weirdest sounds. Whilst walking we bumped into lots of enthusiastic hikers who were keen to know how much further the walk was as well as where we were both from – I guess we must sound odd given neither of us have an American accent. Mine certainly sees the more obvious, apart from when people think I’m Australian! And someone asked me if I was from Newcastle last week – I have a very standard English accent with a west country twang, so I was quite bemused.
Some of the walkers had told us that they had spotted a moose further down, so with great excitement we scurried down the trail to walk around the lake, moose spotting. We weren’t disappointed, we spotted our first moose from the other side of the lake – they are huge! As we got closer we found two more chilling out in the grass. They are extremely large, and pretty creatures. We also saw evidence of a beaver damn, although sadly no beavers, and as of yet no bear spottings.