Tuesday, January 28, 2014

CCC Book and a View from a Mountain

I am spending most of the day, today, combing through old maps of the park. Not sure how many copies there are of some of these. The state has them archived somewhere I am sure, these are personal copies given to us twenty-five years ago. My book is now in the revision stage, where, I hope, most of the mistakes are taken out. Looks like it will end up being about seventy five to one hundred pages of text and thirty pages (or so) of early photos and maps.

When I started the project I wanted to keep it in the area of 100-150 pages, still have some material to add but looks like it will fall into my parameters.

I took this photo last week from atop Spotted Tail Mountain in the park. Not sure if the mountain is called Spotted Tail Mountain but the trail to the top leads from upper Spotted Tail Campground. The trail actually only goes about half way, then it becomes find your own route. This hike does involve some pretty strenuous climbing and the last two hundred yards and is rather steep in places. Our grandson, who is nine, made it much easier than us two old senior citizen hikers.

 I think the pictures were worth the hike.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Will the Dam Road be Open?

As everyone who is a regular or semi-regular at Guernsey State Park knows the road over the dam is closed. Closed for over a year, it is scheduled to re-open by April 1. Lately a rumor in town has circulated that Lakeshore Drive over the dam will be closed for a longer period than expected. Seems the work on the dam and gates is taking longer than expected. Hope it is open by May when life at the lake gets going for the year.

I took some photo’s two weeks ago of the work in progress from the area south of the boat ramp parking lot. Last weekend I took some long distance shots from atop a mountain we call Spotted Tail Mountain a week ago. Didn’t see much going on, they must be waiting for more help, a few experts, warm weather, or maybe they are on schedule and finishing up, not sure which. Hope they get it open soon, I love the drive from Guernsey to Lakeshore drive and up to Hartville.

Wished the state would list the drive from Hartville to the Castle as a scenic byway. Not a better drive anywhere in this part of the state.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Like No Place On Earth

Several years ago the state of Wyoming ran an ad campaign with the slogan, “Wyoming, Like No Place on Earth.” The campaign has long sense passed into memory, but for those who’ve visited Guernsey State Park it could well read Guernsey State Park, like no place on earth.