Off the reservation

I say again, “Who knew this wide-open state of Wyoming could be so mountainous and interesting?”

We took a run into the next valley to the east.

Can’t do that in a straight line…mountains in the way. Took 104 miles to get over to Pinedale and the ridges above it, in order to gaze in wide wonder at the views it wrought.

I’ve always thought of Wyoming as flat grassland.DSC_8223

Right.

That was on the way to this view:DSC_8211

Loooong way down to that lake…see the boat and its white wake? Those mountains in the distance? They’re farther to the east from this spot, which would make them the fourth range of mountains we’ve encountered here….I think….kind of lost count.

On the other side of the ridge where I was standing was this view:DSC_8224

Wyoming’s got plenty of water….

Back closer to home, we made a short run into the mountains to the west of our valley. Much of that range is actually in Idaho. Took away this impression of it:DSC_8776

It’s almost hard to find a level spot to plant your feet and plant some crops!

Just south of our park is the town of Afton with the elk antler arch over the main street that it says is the world’s largest. I’m not into such pictures…afraid you’ll have to imagine it.

But we made a short run up into a nearby canyon that runs beside Swift Creek. Think I know where it gets its name.DSC_8258-2

Feeding into its waters was this sweet little waterfall!DSC_8250-2

As the darkness gathered on our way home to the coach, we had this reminder that God delights in giving us glorious scenery everywhere we turn:DSC_8753

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3 thoughts on “Off the reservation

  1. Lived in a much smaller Casper in my teens. Could put a hundred miles on the odometer in dad’s car on a Saturday night just driving around the four block central “town” district people watching and to the one root beer stand! Sundays there were boat races out at the dam! Long ago and another era, a good time to be a teen and to be alive. The Big Horns and the Tetons are beautiful. So is the green grass of spring in the southern flatlands.

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