Joan and I enjoy our volunteer role at Fremont Indian State Park and Museum.
We go there about once a season, make our observations and notes, and file our reports.
And it gives us a chance to see more of the state we plan on calling home for a while to come.
This past weekend we saw a star talk, and the archeologist we liaison with gave a tour in a canyon the following morning.
And we got to see some new (to us) images just over in USFS lands. Further indication on the importance of this corridor and how we’ll continually see places in the area we did not know about previously.
We got in a hike that eventually leads up to the High Tushars and provided some ideas for future hikes. And right from the campground, too!
We made our way to another hike and a dispersed camp that intrigued us both the following morning. But we saw a brown sign for Cove Fort? Intrigued, we stopped in to take a look.
At one point, an important stage stop (as well as resupply, post office, telegraph station, Pony Express stop, and other uses before the railroad) between Salt Lake City and St. George, the LDS church put much money into its restoration. Whatever religious views a person may hold, the historical importance and the high-level quality of the repair made this unexpected stop a delight.
Past the old fort site, we made our way up into the nearby Tushar foothills. Another trail we wanted to check out led to the higher peaks Joan and I hiked in the past.
Though initially through a burn area, we made our way into wildflowers, aspen, and some impressive ponderosa pines.
The nearby creek provided a lushness we are not used to in our desert home.
We made our way down the surprisingly well-maintained trail and found a camp for the evening.
We rarely camp in open, meadowy areas.
But the views, the closeness to the creek, and the proximity to the “trailhead” made a place too good to pass up for our home for the evening.
The roaring creek provided the aural backdrop for a memorable sunset.
The following day we made our way to another hike—one where we again scoped out some intriguing places for a future visit.
The water we encountered continued to amaze our now desert-oriented experience.
We have another volunteer-focused camping weekend coming up.
And then? Well, good chance I am making a more extended solo trip for my birthday. More to come!