Toward Frary Peak on Antelope Island – Part Middle

We pick-up this post where we ended the last one, nearly the same spot, slightly different perspective, and a few/many feet further up the trail.

The hiking figure below me on the trail is continuing on her trek upwards, as well, drawing nearer, becoming more defined, and still providing an excellent gauge for perspective.  She is near the center of the below image….

Looking back over these photographs, I am still held by the colors and the expanse of vision, even with the slight haze in the distance.  It seems to add to the almost ethereal state of the place in my memory, these several months since the hike.

The images of the broader landscape do not show much color in the grasses that cover the island, but taking a closer look, we can see that there is quite a bit of green remaining in the middle of August.

The hiker has now passed me in her trek up toward the peak.  She told me that she didn’t live too far away and that she hiked the trail several times a month.  How wonderful for her, and for the island as well, to have such a dedicated and frequent visitor.

A sun drenched trail on a summer morning….

The below photo shows Stansbury Island (peninsula?) to the west.  When the lake’s water level is as low as it has been in recent years, one can literally walk to the island on the exposed lake-bed.  I went exploring there several years ago and did not find it as compelling as my trips to Antelope Island.  There have been more mining and other commercial endeavors on Stansbury and only the far west side accommodates public visitation.

Looking north and east in the below photo, we can see the lighter gray of the lake-bed between the darker earth and the evident blue of the water…

….and south and east in the below image, down toward Salt Lake City with the Wasatch Mountains in the distance…and the layered and fractured rock in the foreground.

I had seen photos of the lone tree when I searched the internet for other images from the island.  The ones from winter-time with the stark white of the snow-covered ground were most compelling.

One last segment to follow….


12 responses

  1. What a beautiful landscape, the final photo especially

    January 18, 2020 at 10:40 am

    • Thank you for visiting, TP, and for commenting, as well, to let me know that you have visited. Seems we have a bit in common…a large family and two children with autism. I’ve only toured your site briefly, but enjoyed what I found already. Congrats on your newest addition. 🙂

      January 19, 2020 at 8:00 am

      • Thanks very much 🙂 I found your brilliant website because I’m always looking for new hiking blogs. We find being outside in nature (the more offtrack and wild the better!) really helps our two autistic sons to relax and enjoy themselves – the modern world doesn’t suit them at all.

        January 19, 2020 at 8:06 am

        • You’re quite welcome…and thank you for the nice words about my site.

          I need to be out of doors for similar reasons, as my days are so packed with people and the crush of the modern world…but my boys are quite different…one stuck in his computer and the other working on cars…finding their escape in their individual ways.

          I will look forward to visiting your site and seeing more of our shared world via the marvels of the internet and WordPress!

          January 19, 2020 at 8:13 am

          • We have one who immerses himself in music, especially mimicking sounds but lately the piano and our younger son with autism likes to quietly deconstruct things to see how they work (that’s the trickier of the two interests! 🙂 )

            January 20, 2020 at 4:14 pm

  2. A nice walk remembered by way of beautiful photographs and words.

    January 19, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    • Thank you, Emilio. I’m quite certain that you would love it out there….

      January 19, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    • You are welcome, and yes, I know I would.

      January 19, 2020 at 7:31 pm

  3. For me it was always seeing Antelope and the Stansburys from a distance. Thanks for giving me a peek at what I missed. Seemed I was often on my way to work when I passed the area. Always thought I’d visit them someday… so, I guess you provided me with that “someday”. Thanks for the lovely views, Scott!

    January 19, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    • You’re welcome for the peek, Gunta…and I know what you mean about driving past a place so many times and then never stopping. I’ve driven by Bryce Canyon and the road leading to Zion too many times to count and have not been to either place yet…kinda sad…and yes, another one for “someday.” ;(

      I’m glad you enjoyed the views. 🙂

      February 20, 2020 at 5:52 pm

  4. It’s a pleasure seeing your post, it always is. I like what you said about a slight haze actually adding to the whole for you, and why. The colors and textures are beautiful, and of course, the spaciousness. I’m glad you pointed out the lake bed in that photograph – I wouldn’t have known what was what – but knowing or not knowing, how lovely those swirls of the lake bed are. I can imagine the last scene would be compelling in winter, with snow, but your photo is quite beautiful! Thank you, Scott!

    February 5, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    • And thank you, Lynn…it’s a place I just adore…and might get to again when there’s some snow on the ground, just don’t know when yet. My visit out there in February of 2014 was probably my favorite, if it’s possible to say such a thing of such a place…but the snow cover and incredibly low skies added so much to my experience…. Sigh….

      February 20, 2020 at 5:55 pm

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