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Black Mountain 6/24/11

July 4, 2011

At the time of this write up, a wild fire is burning some of the areas I will be describing here in this experience. This is just an example of how and why the phrase ‘timing is everything.’

This spring in the Wasatch has been an amazing opportunity for the thousands of skiers in the area. With record snow falls, moderate temperatures and regular rainstorms. In the short 5 years of living in Utah, I have never seen the hills and mountains so lush and beaming with life, as I have this year. While you certainly would not confuse it for the greenery of the Appalachian Mtns, you might just reckin to forget that Salt Lake considered a High Plains Desert.

By Mid June, the foothills above SLC are typically browning and void of color, except the Mull Ear flowers. As a weekly routine, I run many of these trails, including a route used for the Wahsatch Steeplechase. On one such one in mid June, I was completely amazed, at least more then usual, on the plethora of wild flowers. Like many, I said that I should come back to get photos and video of the area. Fortunately, these were not empty words. Two days later, I made a rally to run the route to Black Mountain and back. I wish the video and photos could capture the beauty, but they fall way short. Enjoy!

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