Wheeler Under Our Wheels

Wheeler Peak, that is — at 13,068 feet, the tallest of many gorgeous mountains in the Snake Range and the crown jewel of the Great Basin National Park.

Still snow-covered in late May, we drove as far up the mountain as we could — to the Wheeler Peak Campground, still closed — to take in the views. The drive up gifted us with spectacular panoramas of Nevada and Utah spreading out ever farther below us.

The higher we got, the colder it got. More and more snow edged the road, so by the time we reached the parking area, the snow was pretty deep, despite the 42-degree temperature and sunshine.

But with the place to ourselves, we had the luxury of searching for interesting animal tracks…

…and we were rewarded with hundreds of snowprints that looked like this:

Mountain lion!

The tracks didn’t look too fresh, thank goodness, but it was the first time we’d been in a spot where the tracks of a wild animal outnumbered human tracks.

How cool is that?!?
A few days later a park ranger we kept meeting along the trails told us a mountain lion had killed a deer near the Upper Lehman Creek campground. Thank goodness they prefer venison!

About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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