I abandonned Coco for the day and went to the Wasatch Wildflower Festival in the Albion Basin. (Dogs are not allowed in the Cottonwood Canyons).
It is amazing, while the city and desert swelters, the high mountains are still in full bloom.
I was really happy to see the large crowds of people attending the guided wildflower walks. I think that engaging people in the appreciation of wildflowers is among the best ways to encourage conservation. The volunteers at the event had a phenomenal knowledge of the local plant life. The people were friendly, the air was cool and everybody had a good time.
The last day of the festival is 7/30/2006. The wildflowers will still be hanging around for the summer and have a booked engagement in the mountains for 2007.