Thursday, December 31, 2015

Glendo State Park

Nice afternoon drive through the snowy Glendo State Park.

 Beautiful snow cover and a few deer out playing.

We took it easy go down the dam hill - I thought that was pretty funny.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

New Year's Day Hike in the Park

The lake is frozen except for a few tiny spots. I find it interesting that when I see an open spot it is filled with migrating ducks. 

Ducks and Geese still find a bit of open water

The cold also seems to group the resident herd of mule deer, where I used to see one I now find several. 
Dinner time

Hiking is at a standstill for us with snow and ice covering most of the trails. We are hoping to make the New Years Day hike in the park. This program is sponsored by the Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources and looks like a fun activity. We missed last year, as the weather was too cold for us, looks like it will be a bit better this year and we hope to give it a go.
End of the day sun backlights a doe in the park

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Wildlife in the Park

Beautiful overcast day, perfect for wildlife viewing in the park.

With the weather people telling us we may get snow on Christmas - A White Christmas seems to be a lot of animal movement in the park. 

I also enjoy the winter contrast of the near gold dried vegetation and the white and blue of the Ice.

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Golden Eagle

Watching and taking photos of wildlife in Wyoming is one of my favorite pastimes. This week I was more than excited to find a pair of Golden Eagles. I have a few photos of Bald Eagles from the park but these are the first goldens I have seen.

 They are spectacular.

 These photos are from about 300 yards, closest I could get in the rugged area.  I was able to snap about two dozen photos, but heavy breathing from this older and somewhat out of shape man left several pretty fuzzy and unusable. I should mention it was a great hike.
Color enhanced

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Frost in the Park

Nothing like a wonderful frosty morning in the park. I love summer when I can go out in shorts and a teeshirt, but winter does afford some views of nature that cannot be reproduced in areas without the four seasons we have here in Wyoming.
Below the dam the red cliffs are spectacular in the morning light
This morning's trip was along Lakeshore Drive on the east side of the lake. 
The view from Sitting Bull Shelter built by the CCC in the 1930s and still stunning
If the weatherman is correct I may have some deep snow photos coming this week.

Turkeys in the frosted grass

From the boat dock - Look close and you can see Laramie Peak

Frosted Sagebrush
Art on the ice

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Stone Fountain

Across Lakeshore Drive from the boat launching area is the one and only  original Civilian Conservation Corps Camp BR-9 built drinking fountain. Built by drilling through a huge bolder the fountain is a one of a kind in the park.

 The drinking fountain itself, with the pipe coming through a large rock, hand drilled by the CCC, is still in good working order and used daily during the warmer months. 

Many more photos and stories from my book on the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Building of Guernsey State Park - take a look here.
This old log sign, east of the stone fountain  marks a trail to the Museum. The trail, for the most part, is gone but if you
 are careful some signs of it, including some nice CCC rock steps, can still be found. This may be the oldest remaining
 log sign in the park, but may not be old enough to be CCC era. Wish I could find out.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Guernsey State Park and Wyoming History

If you haven't tried it yet, take a look at my Wyoming Fact and Fiction site. I post Wyoming history there about every five days. I try to make it fun with some lesser know history.  There is so much history in and around the park, some of it like the lost Oregon Trail grave site, I wrote about in my book on the park. 

Meanwhile, my two westerns continue to sell well and if you are interested they can be found here. 

We didn't get out in the park for a hike until Wednesday this week, it was still snowy but the day was pleasant and we got in about a mile of walking.
We hiked Red Cliff Trail as it is one of our favorites and also for ease of access with snow still on part of Lakeshore Drive. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hitching a Ride

Saw this Huck Finn type bird hooking a ride on the lake last week. Not sure what kind of a duck it is but, sure seemed comfortable riding a log on a windy lake. 

Not sure there is any open water on the lake now. It has been, as Snoopy might say, cold and windy. Looks like winter is here.

Doesn't seem so long ago.

Flowers in Garden November 3rd

Monday, November 23, 2015

Off the Beaten Track

Today I thought it might be fun to show a few of the hidden treasures in Guernsey State Park. 

Newell Bay to Brimmer Point Trail

Oldest Log sign in the park


A terrific CCC culvert on Lakeshore Drive (photo from the Castle)

Drilled to split, but left behind by the CCC

The CCC built quite a few of these fire pits, although most  are out of service now, there are still several in the park


May have been many of these once - This seems to be the only one left

Sometimes it is the animals that are the hidden treasures.

Mom and a little one

Ugly and Beautiful at the same time


Hey there little guy

Late fall and early winter are a great time to be in the park. Not many people, but wonderful for hiking and doing the old, “Just lookin’ around.”

There are many nice turkeys in the park

Speaking of turkeys - have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  

John C Fremont must have been standing here when he called this the most beautiful river canyon in America.
I took this photo as the sun was setting Saturday along Skyline Drive