A Safe Trail

Okay, not all trails are safe, but this one… well… you’ll see!

A spur trail off of another one we hiked at Great Basin National Park was so solitary and fun that we went back more than once and found new things each time.

Like this huge old safe built into the side of a canyon…

…which we couldn’t resist trying to see into, of course! Here’s what we saw when we peeked behind the old door:

Later when Bob asked a ranger about this old safe, the ranger said they actually opened it at one point. What did they find in it? If you guessed “Nothing!” then you guessed right!

We spotted one of our lizard pals…

…butterflies…

…and gorgeous wildflowers:

For those who love spelunking, Lehman Caves at Great Basin National PArk is reputed to be one of the best caves to tour. As you can see, we opted to hike outdoors instead, poking into places like this old mine entry:

It looked as though it was still used on occasion, maybe as a sudden storm shelter:

But strewn around outside of the opening were sure signs of the site’s long history:

So although the snowpack kept us from seeing the very special Great Basin Bristlecone Pine tree, which can live more the 4600 years (! the young ones live “just” 300-400 years!), every day was an adventure filled with new discoveries along quiet trails — our kind of place! But the road ahead called to us, and it was time to move on…

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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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