City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

October 1, 2016

September 30th

Filed under: Gambel's Oak, People, Plants — canopus56 @ 12:51 pm

Last Day and Solitude’s Return

5 p.m. Today is the last day for motor vehicle traffic until April 1st of next year. Only employees of the water treatment plant at mile 3.4 and a few hunters will be driving in the canyon for the next six months. The canyon will heal from spring and summer use, and its solitude will deepen. Over the summer, the most solitude could be found during the highest heat. Then there were days when no one except myself was on the road. Such days will also occur during the depth of coming winter.

Cars are allowed in the canyon on alternating days, for the last week, on car days, traffic on the road has been heavy – thirty or forty cars in the evenings. Although this is the last car day, traffic is lighter – maybe ten or fifteen cars, and the cars are outnumbered by couples and families strolling in the lower canyon. It is Friday; and there are many other attractions and shows opening in the city below; and these louder events have drawn residents away from the solitude of the canyon.

This is also the first day that the leaves of the Gambel’s oaks have begun to significantly turn.

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