Beautiful day for it. The park is pretty popular among the locals for hiking and mountain biking, but far enough off the beaten path to not be too much of a tourist trap. It's not huge, but it's big enough so that the hiking trails don't ever feel crowded.
Anyway, we enjoyed our neature walk.
You all know how the family typically refuses to pose for any photos, so I just snapped covertly away.
We thought we might try some geocaching, as there's got to be some in Ute Valley, but we couldn't get the information to load, so we just didn't. We did come across a cache of weird rock formations that we still have no explanation for. They looked like fossilized coral or other marine invertabrates, but could just be mineral deposits or petrified poop for all we know.
Then, this morning, I got even more neat nature.
I was out enjoying a run in about 50 degrees. I can't remember the last time it was 50 degrees before the sun came up! Anyway, I wasn't far from home when I was running along this weedy, woodsy area. The road was on my left, a weedy woodsy ditch on my right. I heard a ruckus to my right.
It's common to hear a ruckus in the weedy woods. There are plenty of bunnies and birds and other varmints around. But this was BIG ruckus! I saw three large, startled deer in the ditch weeds. Their antlers looked particularly huge, so I decided to just keep on a-runnin'.
Two of the giant deer headed off down the ditch in the opposite direction of me, but the third ran along side me. I was a bit worried that he would
become enraged and run up and gore and trample me to a dead bloody pulp run by me onto the road, but thankfully he stopped and turned around to join his weed buddies.
Oh, and Reese the King snake has awakened from his brumation. He shed his skin, we fed him a mouse. Apparently, spring has arrived.