Sunday, March 18, 2007

Greenback Valley, Mud Spring

Yesterday turned out to be a scorcher. Temps quickly reached the upper 90s, it's too soon for this nonsense, where did winter go? Anyway, we took a bit of a ride despite the temps and thanks to air-conditioning in the Jeep. Heading for Greenback Valley, we hoped the higher elevations would bring a bit of respite from the heat. There are several roads in the Greenback Valley area that we haven't explored, one of them leading to a beautiful canyon and a place called Mud Spring. The road was deeply rutted, but passable, so we headed up. The views were lovely but the road narrowed down to a rocky climb. Since the temperatures were climbing and we were traveling alone, we decided to err on the side of caution and save the climb for a cooler day. We've always got to consider emergencies such as vehicle problems and the possibility of having to hike out of these remote areas. It was a nice ride and it looks like it'll be an interesting area to explore further.