Lots of bird activity this weekend, and the wife saw, on 2 or perhaps 3 occassions, birds of prey sweep in to feed on the smaller birds. Once we got a good look and think it was a Cooper's Hawk. Also frequently see Red Tail Hawks.
We decided to check out a spot on the map called Amboy Crater. I figured a small volcanic crater next to the road, short 10 minute hike, so let's go check it out. Well, my mistake: I didn't do my homework to find out more about Amboy Crater and the length of the hike. So off we go, heading east on Highway 62, north on Utah Trail, west on Amboy Trail through an interesting, dusty, unique area called 'Wonder Valley'. Looks like the old west... very hard to drive through this area without stopping to explore! So, first stop (totally random): North on a dirt road called Schooler Road. Lots more Tiny Desert Cabins in the Middle of Nowhere in this area. Very cool! And here's one for sale (and cheap, I'm guessing!):
Well, turns out the crater is pretty impressive... very large (you can't miss it!), but about a 3 hour hike that folks finishing up tell us is quite strenuous. Probably well worth it, but plan ahead with good shoes (you hike over lava), day pack, plenty of water, and early in the day (there is no shade). Here's what it looks like from the parking lot, which is as close as we got on this day!!