Monday, May 15, 2017

From the Castle in the Park

With the warm weather, it is nice to be out and about in the park again. Nothing is better than a quick drive up to the North Bluff to visit the Castle. 

All the photos today are from the Castle and Skyline Drive, the road up to the North Bluff.
I never tire of the view from the Castle where it has proudly sat on the North Bluff overlook for more than 80 years. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Drive Over the Dam - Lakeshore Drive

It is so nice to have the road across the dam open once again. The work to the old Stoney Gate is complete, and all is well once again.

 We have already driven Lakeshore Drive over the dam several times. By the way, not sure my campaign to get Lakeshore Drive marked as such instead of the Lake Side Drive that was invented by someone other than the CCC men who built it and many years later, is gaining any traction. Just kidding, no campaign but it is Lakeshore, not Lake Side.  
The view along Lakeshore Drive - never gets old
Look close the North Bluff Castle is on top the hill

Still a great time to view wildlife in and around the park. 
Osprey sitting on a post as we came into the park

Eagles near Black Canyon Point

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Lake Has Water - Again

It's back - no not some creature in a B movie. The lake is back, and it sure looks nice.
The view from Brimmer Point
From Sandy Beach

We took our Easter drive this evening along Skyline Drive and enjoyed seeing the signs indicating that summer is coming.
Leave it to nature to make a perfect bouquet of daisies and grow them from solid rock on Brimmer Trail
These guys are back and circling just waiting for me to drop on a hike

Not sure when the road over the dam will be open again but it doesn't look like it will be long.
Looks like the gate work is done, or close to it.
 Took this photo as we hiked Red Cliff Trail Friday

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Davis Bay and Davis Bay Switchback Trail

A few days ago we hiked the Davis Bay and Davis Bay Switchback Trails. Once again built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. These trails are compliments of CCC - Camp 10, that once thrived at the base of Mae West Hill.
We hiked this one a week ago in 40 or so degree weather - not bad

We parked near the Brimmer Pont foot bridge walked the trail to Davis Bay then circled back west went up the switchback trail and walked back down the road to our ride.
Half way point at Davis Bay

This trail gets some use but not nearly enough.
Good looking trail
Passing through massive rock

Fantastic views throughout, plus we burned a few calories.
Heading up into the switchbacks

For a couple of senior citizens like us, it takes more than an hour, about an hour and a half for us.  But, we do sit from time to time for rest and to take in the views.
My wife taking the same pretend rest I did - we did take some real ones
Nice View
Spring Crocus along the trail

In other news, the park is going to have a new look as people come in with a welcome/visitor center.
Just moved in and set - This will be a nice addition

Friday, March 31, 2017

Guernsey State Park - Happy Birthday CCC

The Civilian Conservation Corps was created on this day, March, 31, in 1933. A week later they were up and running and by May of 1934 the CCC began the building of Guernsey State Park. 
CCC Worker Statue and the CCC Museum

The first camp at Guernsey was Camp RS-1, which soon was titled Camp BR-9, the first North Platte River Project Camp in Wyoming. The camp was established on May 21, 1934, during the third of the CCCs six-month enrollment periods. 
The Castle on the North Bluff

The camp at Guernsey was a multiple joint project among the Bureau of Reclamation, The National Park Service and the Corps.
Stoney Gate and Spillway built
by the Bureau of Reclamation

When the corps came to Guernsey the dam was seven years old and had no recreational offerings.
Sitting Bull Picnic Shelter
By 1936 the Civilian Conservation Corps reached its high point employing more than 600,000 people across the United States. 
Inside the Museum

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The view from the CCC built Brimmer Point - atop Powell Mountain

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On a cool day in front of the Museum

Monday, March 27, 2017

Guernsey State Park - Waking Up From a Long Winter

Wonderful weather and much time in the park the past week.

Animals are moving about, and the first of the wildflowers are showing.

Looks like the work continues on the original Stoney Gate on the north side of the dam.

We hiked to the top of Skyline Mountain Saturday discovered this great view and took a few photos.

We have also continued our hikes in different places looking at the dry lake, both disappointing and fascinating. Disappointing because I love the look of the park when the lake is full, fascinating because most lakes are never empty and never reveal themselves.

This time of year is also interesting to see things left behind from last summer.

Unofficially it still looks like the road across the dam (Lakeshore Drive ) will be open in May when the work on the dam is complete. 
Taking a break at the North Bluff Castle - what a weekend.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Windy Drive In The Park

We still are out and about in the park most every day but seem to be spending more time in the pickup than on the trails. The wind, day after day, is too much for us to walk much.
Still, I have been able to get some interesting photos.
Golden Eagle High in a Tree on Sandy Beach
These Photos Were Shot With Great Back Light From the Setting Sun
We spend most of our time on the west side as it is easier to get to then the east, through Hartville. We do try, each week, to go through Hartville and drive Lakeshore Drive.  The road to the dam is still blocked at the main boat ramp parking lot as work continues on the big Stoney Gate. This means that it is a turn around here and a trip back along Lakeshore Drive to Hartville, which is never a bad deal.
End of the Drive - at Least for a Few More Weeks

Photo From October as We Hiked Red Cliff Trail
Looks like there is a lot of interest in the solar eclipse coming this August. Along with the big eclipse, there were be plenty of other activities to entice tourists to come early or stay late.
Not an Eclipse but Sunsets in the Park are Often Fabulous - That's Laramie Peak in Center of shot
With the state of Wyoming’s economy, more tourist numbers will be great and needed.  
Where's the Food? 16 Mule Deer Waiting for Picnic at Lakeshore Drive Camping Area