It’s time for a few pictures from 3 recent trips to the Whiskey Dick wildlife area near Vantage. The first trip was cut way-short by very strong winds. Probably 40 mph sustained winds forced me to turn around at an exposed ridge line where I did not feel confident anymore about being able to complete 20 more miles of this. A herd of 30 (mountain?) sheep was next to me while I was eating my sandwich and deciding what to do next. The clouds were moving quickly, just image a fierce wind blowing into your eyes and holding on to your bike while it hangs at 45o down-wind.
The second trip was more typical for this time of the year: cool/cold and a few muddy spots. Nice outing. Met one hunter and his two dogs at Hartman / Whiskey Dick creek and a couple hikers later at night walking back without lights. Had a nice chat.
The third trip was absolutely splendid. Way too warm for this time of the year, and only a bit of breeze every now and then. The upper portion of the Whiskey Dick drainage always seems to be pretty well protected and it was downright warm there: 60F(?). Met a few people out on their ATVs, Jeep, and a off-road golf-cart-like contraption after sunset.