Saying Goodbye to Panguitch

It’s time to pack up camp and move North towards our new home in Montana.  We will be leaving around noon today and travel up Highway 89 for several hundred miles to Lake Utah for our next camp.  Usually moving day is a little stressful for Jagger, but he seems to be adjusting to the life style.  He is continuing to improve, having more energy.  He is now on a rice diet and I am increasing the amounts until he is at a normal volume for his meals.

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks Amphitheater

Cedar Breaks Amphitheater

Yesterday afternoon Cedar Mountain was on my schedule of places to visit before leaving the area.  I had never been there before and was anxious to see the Cedar Breaks “amphitheater” rock formations that I saw on the internet when researching this area.   The Cedar Breaks Amphitheater is over 2,000 feet deep, 3 miles across.  It has been slowly evolving for over 28 million years ago after a volcanic eruption which created the plateau.  The view is so impressive I can’t describe it.  No picture can bring to life the depth or the colors of the view.

Cedar Mountain is the highest mountain in this area, advertising an elevation of over 10,000 feet.  It freezes here 250 days a year, today it was 48 degrees at 12 noon.

Alpine Meadow

Alpine Meadow – Returning From Winter

At the summit of Cedar Mountain there are many “Alpine” meadows and a pond.  Many of the Spruce trees here have been unfortunately killed by the Bark Beetle.  They will give way, deteriorating to become food for the rest of the surviving healthy trees over the coming years.  After exploring on our walk in the area.  Jagger and I headed back out of the park towards Brain’s Head Ski Resort.   Not much here so we headed back out by Brain’s Mountain.

I saw a sign that said 3 miles to viewpoint.  It was a dirt road in pretty good shape, however there was some snow and lots of mud.  I decided to see how the truck would handle in snow, without chains.  Going up the hill it did quite well even over the snowy patches.  Some were about a foot deep and 50 to 75 feet across.  I got up the mountain about two miles or so and came around a corner to find three trucks and a SUV stopped.

Off the Road

Off the Road

One of the trucks had slid off the road onto some boulders on the side.  I got out to see if everyone was okay and what they were doing to get him out.  They told me they had cables, but when they pulled the truck back the front right wheel became wedged at an angle against the boulders.  He wasn’t going anywhere.  Before I turned around a couple went down the hill for help before it got too late in the day.  Cell Phone signals were non-existent in almost all of the area.  Pretty sad, but that’s a risk you take when adventuring off road.  I did learn something from this incident.  I need to acquire some cables and a shovel to carry in my truck!

Overlooking the valley from Brian's Head Mountain

Overlooking the valley from Brian’s Head Mountain

At that point I turned around snapped a few pictures and headed down the hill “very carefully”.

Safe Travels until next time, Gary

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