With beautiful weather and the day off work, I set out for a new adventure. Unfortunately, I quickly realized that my car wasn't up to the task and had to walk in down Boathouse Cove Road. As it turned out, the hike up the road was actually nice, going by a lot of interesting rock formations and gypsum-rich hills where 2 endemic plant species grow. Also, there was no one else on the road.
Upon reaching Cleopatra Wash, I very much enjoyed the scenery and the challenge of bypassing the increasingly tall dry falls. The ground was still wet from Sunday's rain, with a few standing puddles in the bedrock. The smell of damp soil filled the air, which was refreshing. The character of this canyon continuously changed, with jumbles of multi-hued rock everywhere.
After reaching the level of the Lake Mead bathtub ring, I sat down for some lunch at the top of a dry fall. Soon, I had the feeling of being watched, and looked up to see a bighorn ewe staring down at me from the cliffs above - sweet!
Walking back up the canyon, I had no idea what was right around the corner. A large bighorn ram jumped up from under an acacia and darted across the wash. He started a mini rock slide in his hurry to escape up the side. It was simply stunning to watch him leap up walls I perceived as nearly vertical - how do they do it??? Also, they're shockingly huge up close. Once safely above me, he meandered slowly upward, looking back from time to time. Watched him for about 30 minutes until he disappeared above the cliffs.
Wow! Stunned by my luck, I hiked back to end an amazing day.
||Wildflowers Observation Isolated