July 2005 - 36 photos

On July 7th of 2005, Steve Dabb, his grandson Zach, Dale Wing and I, hiked the Skull Crack trail at Causey Reservoir. We started at the trail head on the south arm of Causey. The trail pretty much follows the southern shore of Causey's middle fork, but climbs high over the upper reaches due to the steepness of the mountains rising out of the lake. Steve told us there would be a lot of wild flowers and he was right, Dale and I took a lot of photos. Steve and Zach saw a deer, but they didn't have a camera. At the lake's inlet we saw a very small Chipmunk that was trying to eat an M & M candy. The hike was 5.2 miles round trip and it took us 4 hrs 33 min, but we did stop for a lot of photos.

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Causey Reservior from Skull Crack trail

So where did this name Skull Crack come from?

The story has it that James Slater and Marinus Johansen were up the Canyon hunting many years ago. One of the mules became unruly so Johansen hit the mule over the head with his gun barrel. He cracked the mule's skull, thus, we have Skull Crack Canyon.

Causey Dam was named after Thomas Causey who operated a saw mill at Causey Creek and the South Fork. The dam construction was started in 1962 and finished in 1966.

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My photos were taken with a Canon EOS 20D, 8.2 Megapixel SLR Camera using a 17-85mm IS wide angle to 5x zoom.   Chipmunk photos were taken with the Canon EF 100-400mm telescopic zoom.   Photos taken by Dale Wing were with his Canon EOS 350D, (Digital Rebel XT), 8.0 Megapixel SLR Camera also using the 17-85mm IS wide angle to 5x zoom.

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