June 10 and June 12, 2014
Last week Joe and I took Sally and Jack to have their teeth cleaned at Moab Veterinary Clinic. While Sally was anesthetized to get her pearlie whites polished, Dr. Slater felt around her belly and called to ask permission to take an X-ray. As it turned out, Sally had bladder stones...not just a few, but a whole bladder full.
Monday, Sally had surgery to remove the stones. When we picked her up yesterday afternoon, we were given this baggie of stones...did our mouths ever drop! We couldn't believe it! We are so thankful to Dr. Slater for finding them. Joe and I have been told by three other vets that Sally was just "marking" her spots and that if she was not having accidents or blood in her urine, we shouldn't worry! Also, Sally is over weight. We had been told by other vets to put her on a diet. We only give her 1/3 cup of food twice a day...why Jack eats as much if not more than Sally, but Sally doesn't loose any pounds. Well, thank you again Dr. Slater! A full blood work-up revealed that Sally has low thyroid function which can be regulated by meds she will now take for life. Our sweet Sally is home and should be fine. Stitches will come out in two weeks.
|Don't you just love the sunlight in the trees?|
|The smaller 2 way lane is a newly finished bike route along the river and Hwy 128. A large, new parking lot is at the intersection of Hwy 191 and 128.|
Driving on Hwy 128 towards Castle Valley offers wonderful sites.
Princess Plume has been the most prolific of the wildflowers this year.
And even though the river is quite full and fast-flowing, it is not lacking in daring folks seeking a fun adventure.
This is the first view of Castle Valley from the LaSal Loop. The road to the mountains is visible in the bottom left corner. The tall single rock tower below is Castleton Tower, the first major sandstone tower to be climbed in the Moab area.
At the first stop I found Indian Paintbrush...the prettiest red paintbrush ever...
and thistle. But that's not what I am looking for.
We continue to climb then descend, climb again a little higher around every bend all the while enjoying the green...
and the views.
And finally reach the aspens, the beautiful aspens!
It is here I found what I came to see...
these gorgeous wild blue Iris.
Aren't they wonderful?
We also enjoyed the snow capped, well maybe just splotches of snow capped, mountains...
bushes of wild roses...
Some of the cows had lost their way and needed help...there was a working blue-healer behind the horse helping this cowgirl drive the cows home.
Thursday morning, we were off road again!
The search was on for another favorite wildflower and Dee knew just the trail to take us on...destination, Porcupine Rim. I was looking for a white flower, but not these.
The mix of yellow Jerusalem Artichoke (Who thinks up these names?) and purple Tapertip Onion caught my eye...
and then, there it was...the Utah State Flower.
The flower was chosen as the state flower of Utah for its importance in pioneering times and for its "natural beauty". It was formally adopted in 1911.
|A Sego Lily|
The bulbs of the sego lily were roasted, boiled or made into porridge by Native Americans and early Morman pioneers.. Currently it is used as an ornamental for its attractive tulip-shaped flowers.
Porcupine Rim was not just about the flowers. It was also a good precursor for another off-road trail (Poison Spider) Joe and I have on our list to do. Porcupine Rim is a fun, short trail full of ledges and rocks to practice/learn in preparation for the challenges of Poison Spider. It follows the rim with views of Negro Bill's Canyon. There is a series of off-camber ledges that give this trail a #5 rating by the Red-Rock 4-Wheelers.
|This is a shared trail.|
The ledges (that require careful tire placement) lead to High Anxiety...one of the highest cliffs in Moab. The view is Castle Valley...
We did make a recovery...a biker had fallen and broken some ribs. Pearl carried his bike out and Thumper carried the biker who was very appreciative!
Look what we spotted on the way out...a gold collared lizard.
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!
And happy trails!
Up next...Poison Spider 4X4 Trail