Every year Torrey hosts what I think is the biggest Independence Day parade in Wayne County although it rarely seems to be on July 4th itself, usually being moved to the nearest Saturday. I wandered up to the parade a little late having watched another World Cup game but was in time to see the second leg when all the vehicles and floats come back up Main Street. I took about 200 pictures but have whittled it down to about 30, probably too many of emergency vehicles but there seemed to be more than usual this year.
The Entrada Institute runs the Robber's Roost coffee shop and puts on numerous talks and demonstrations by visiting experts during the summer months. The trailer is of a kind often seen high on the flat top mountains serving as a summer home to shepherds.
It's pretty close to the solstice so when we woke up early it seemed like an appropriate time to go out for some sunrise pictures, not that I really think there is an appropriate time for such foolishness, the sun is supposed to be up before me! We decided to stay close and go up on the Beas Lewis Road just east of Torrey.
It was a little chilly up there, about 45F with a breeze and the sun seemed to take a long time to come up. Eventually the first rays struck the top of the Anthill
Then the Cockscomb lit up - it's made of white rock but glows red in the earliest sunlight
And finally the sun poked up over the horizon
Next the cliffs below Thousand Lake Mountain started to be illuminated along with the Prince's Plume which was abundant.
Shortly after sunrise I managed to capture a ghost rushing to get back to it's daytime home
This old tree has seen a few sunrises
I could hear the smell of bacon and eggs so one last look and back to the house...
Janet had mentioned the Bees-Lewis Road just outside Torrey to the east a couple of times recently so it was time to go explore, we loaded up the Tundra with Whip, Louise, Eddd, Janet and I and headed out for a quick drive. I had been down the road once before but it seemed to end at a gate to a quarry, updated information told us that there was more to be found and after a quick tour around the quarry we took the right fork just after the gate. We immediately climbed onto a ridge overlooking highway 12 with spectacular views of Thousand Lake Mountain across the Torrey cliffs to the north, the Fremont Valley to the west and Boulder Mountain to the south.
Thousand Lake Mountain over the Torrey Cliffs.
Highway 12 Headed Up Towards Boulder Mountain
Boulder Mountain and the Cockscomb (or Stegosaurus)
From here the road turned towards Capitol Reef and climbed over the top of Miner's Mountain so that we could see the cliffs of Capitol Reef next to highway 24.
Boulder Mountain and the Cockscomb form Miner's Summit ridge.
The road ends at the ridge so we got out for a quick hike around, one of Janet's requirements for a truck ride.
The Tundra patiently waiting for the next adventure.
It's been a great spring for flowers after the very snowy winter.
From the summit we headed south into a wash which we followed for a while until we reached a step that the Tundra couldn't handle, we could probably have gone to one side of it but decided that was far enough for the day. Just below the step was evidence of a fearsome beast...
Janet's goat imitations require her to climb to the highest spot around, here she is showing off the BMWST Torrey XIX T-shirt, another of Whip's masterpieces.
The Tundra grumbled that it could easily take that little step!
All of the pictures in this post were taken with my Canon 60mm macro lens, it does pretty well with the landscapes! I decided to use it as a macro lens as well.
Claret Cup Cactus
This is the full resolution picture cropped down. Quite a versatile lens.
A few more macro shots of tiny rock formations.
From there we reversed our route and headed to dinner at the Rim Rock.