Thursday, June 8, 2017

Guernsey State Park - The Water is High

This time of the year when the snow is melting up high and we are not in the midst of a drought, it is fun to watch the water roar down the North Spillway through the original Bureau of Reclamation gate.



The gate was recently re-done and looks to be good to go for another few decades.


When the night air starts to cool the area, the rushing water creates numerous rainbows. The full lake once again has the small waterfall north of the spillway going again.


At my age, it seems like summers are as much looked forward to as when I was a kid growing up.


Let the fun begin – it’s summer – again.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Guernsey State Park - A Full Lake View

The Bay at Black Canyon Cove

We have been spending some time walking and driving in the park the past few evenings. It has been warm and the lake looks great.

Looking toward Brimmer Point on top of Powell Mountain


I thought it might be fun to post a few water photos I took this week.


Evening in the park can be quite calming


The trees, grass, and wildflowers are quite healthy this year.


Why we hike - It's all about the view



From Mae West Hill



The Lake from Lower Spotted Tail
Rock and Water
End of another day - looking toward Sandy Beach






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


Relaxing
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
Sweet
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

Want to read more about the Civilian Conservation Corps and the building of Guernsey State Park? Take a look at my book on Amazon here. The book is also available in many Wyoming bookstores and can be checked out at several local libraries.
The view from the CCC built Brimmer Point - atop Powell Mountain


Available as this nice looking, lay on your coffee table
book, or as an eBook


You can take a look at all of my books here

On a cool day in front of the Museum