Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Quiet World On BLM - Part 2

Two last pictures before looking for a way down off the hill...............
Close to where LC and Jamie had been walking we found a trail that led down and in the general direction of where we had parked the truck, and we took it.
The day was beautiful but also cold.
It was even colder at 6000 foot elevation. on top of the hill where we had spent so much time.
It was time to begin heading back.............
The wide open dirt trail we picked up quickly disappeared up over the rise, and so (as we had on the way up), we bushwhacked down, precariously walking through ice and snow and loose dirt..............
Part way down the hill we veered to our right, suddenly more interested in checking out the rock garden we had come across, than in picking a route back to the truck...............
Unexpected rock gardens are one of those things I described in a previous post that dot the landscape of Bureau of Land Management space, and that make BLM land such an incredibly interesting place.
Unexpectedly we had found an area on the hillside that was filled with large boulders.
There are times (especially in the winter) when the wind in Wyoming blows incredibly strong.
For days on end the wind can blow non-stop at 40, 50, 60 mph or more.
Gale force winds sometimes.  Strong enough to make walking challenging.  Feels like it wants to rip your head off strong.
With winds that strong and frequent, and with so much eroding dust and sand in the state, many of these rocks are twisted and contorted and carved into unusual shapes.
I love them.
They are so interesting and so beautiful............
Evidence of wild life that has passed through the area.............
Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it..............Soren Kierkegaard

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