After collecting our car and doing some shopping for snacks we left Salt Lake City late morning. The sun was shining, although the breeze was cool as we headed for the Logan Canyon Scenic Byway. Along the way we were reminded of some cultural differences.
We soon travelled into magnificent lush green valley. There was a lot of traffic, but luckily moving in the opposite direction with many people returning home from the Memorial Day long weekend. It is an area of beautiful rivers and craggy mountains with snowcapped peaks
The trees were breaking out into their spring growth and incredibly green.
As we moved higher we came began to pass through areas with ski resorts and walking trails. We spotted people riding horses and bikes through the terrain.
At the high levels there was still evidence of a recent snowfall. The picture below is of Beaver Mountain.
Cresting the mountains gave us a magnificent view of Bear Lake. It was hazy but in the distance we could see the Wyoming Ranges and the very bottom end of the Tetons.
However the true excitement of the afternoon was stopping at the overlook and finding hummingbirds outside the Bear Lake Visitor Centre. They had been provided with a feeder, but that did not stop the pleasure of watching them or the challenge of trying to photograph such small rapidly moving birds.
From there we headed down to Bear Lake and followed it into Idaho. It is a renowned birding area and although we didn’t see huge amounts at first they increased rapidly in number and variety as we headed north. Tonight we are staying in an ‘interesting’ little town called Montpelier and tomorrow head into the Tetons.