Sunday, December 11, 2011

Above the Inversion

Six weeks ago, I went on a hike. The summer had passed too quickly, and I wanted to get outdoors. I had such a fun time I went out the next week. And the next. And the next. So today, even though it was a bit on the cold side, I headed up once more.

I've always wanted to hike to Flag Rock above Farmington. But although Farmington has some great trails, I can't ever seem to find any trail heads. I always feel like I'm sneaking through somebody's backyard to get into the hills. Today, with the help of Google Maps, I found a place where I could hop a fence and get to my goal.

Here in Utah we've had an inversion for several days. It comes with the season. I don't know exactly how it works, but the long and short of it is the weather causes all of the pollutants to be trapped close to the ground. It's not fun to breathe. Today I hiked high enough to get above all the gunk. Here are a few pictures.

You can see the difference when the camera is pointed skyward.

The Flag Rock trail was a pretty good climb. I couldn't talk any of the boys with  going with me, but perhaps now that they've seen the pictures they'll come along. There's always next week.

If you'd like to see more of the pics from the hike, you can see them here.


Suzanne said...

I can't believe how dirty it looks from up there! Yikes!

I'll go with you when it's a bit warmer. :)

robmba said...

It's funny when the official warnings about red air days say that you should stay inside and not exercise. Why don't they say 'go exercise up in the mountains'? It's clean and warm up there.

Christy said...

Nasty! It makes me want to hold my breath!