Potter's Ponds 2012

I had a nicely relaxing weekend at Potter’s Ponds. I procrastinated on getting the camp trailer loaded up until Thursday evening, but even after working half a day on Friday I was ready to leave home in the early afternoon. My sister and her family followed us up into the mountains of the Wasatch Plateau and we set up our camps together in site #5 at the Potter’s Ponds campground. A couple of guys, either from the DWR or USFS, stopped by that evening to warn us about a bear that was frequenting the area. After giving us a few tips on how not to attract it, the one guy who did all the talking mentioned that there was a bear trap in campsite #9. Well, that just sounded like an invitation to me! After they left, Mark and I walked over to look at the bear trap. Apparently bears are attracted by maple syrup, peanut butter, apples, and rotten tomatoes. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset that evening after a mild rain storm cleared out.

At camp on Friday evening

Bear trap in campsite #9

Friday night sunset

Berries on the island

Tent at night

On Saturday we took all the kids over to the ponds to play in the water. The three youngest took turns in the raft while the older kids wandered off in the woods. Surprisingly, Torrey willing got into the water and went for a swim a few times. I’d found a dead fish floating near the shore and I let her sniff it before throwing it out into the deeper water. That’s all it took to get the dog to swim! After that she would swim out into the deep after a stick or even a piece of trash in the hopes that it was that damn dead fish. In the evening we had a potluck dinner and a few more people showed up for it. We had 27 people in all, and all were geocachers there for the event that I’d posted on geocaching.com. I made a big pot of homemade spaghetti, my sister made garlic bread to go with it, and Dean (who owns Castle Cafe in Huntington) brought a large tray of wonderful smoked ribs. After nearly everyone who came for the event left, it was just mine and my sister’s families and Dean there for the rest of the evening. We sat around the camp fire into the night bullshitting.
Bradley paddling on the pond

Torrey swimming

Dark skies over dead trees

Pre-sunset light on the clouds

Saturday's sunset

Camp fire

We pulled out of camp a little early on Sunday and instead of taking Huntington Canyon to get home, we detoured south toward Joe’s Valley for some swimming in the reservoir. Torrey tried out her new life jacket, but she didn’t seem to like swimming there as much when she didn’t think there was a stinky fish waiting out there for her. Some of the boys built a raft from driftwood and rowed it around just off the shore. I spent most of my time looking for a cliff or boulder to jump off of into the water. The water level had dropped about 10 feet since I was there a month earlier and the large tree stump I’d jumped off before was high and dry. We played in the water for a couple of hours and then ate some snacks for lunch before driving home.
The beginnings of the boys' raft at Joe's Valley Reservoir

Torrey in her new life jacket

Still working on their raft

On the water


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2 thoughts on “Potter's Ponds 2012

  1. Great report and loved your pictures. Thanks for the update on the bear. We were there during the Seeley fire…the officials let us stay with a warning to evacutate. Our son and his family and us (retired now) had a great time enjoying the area almost exclusively by our selves! We are going back this coming weekend and wondered about the bear. Glad you and your families and group had fun and were safe.

    1. Thanks, Sandy, I’m glad you liked the report. ­čÖé I hope that either the bear has left the area, or they caught it. The guy I spoke to said they’d relocate it to the Book Cliffs if they were able to catch the bear, but I haven’t heard any more about it since leaving a couple of weeks ago. Enjoy your trip!

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