Kay's Photo Journal - September 2021
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9/2/2021 Valley of Shields #1, MT - When hike up to the highest point, nice look down view of the Weatherman Draw area. This area called Valley of Shields or Valley of Chiefs or Weatherman Draw Natural Area. Today hike started a few miles south from the Weatherman Draw TH.
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9/3/2021 Red Rock, Bridger, MT - This area is all vibrant red color, which is a hidden jewel of Bridger. I enjoyed to hike here. There is a large area of spring water come out, it was surprise to see it, which also hidden secret of this area, I guess.
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9/3/2021 Chief Plenty Coups State Park, Crow Indian Reservation, MT - He was the last chief of the Crow Indian Tribe, and his two story house is the museum now. Near his house, there is a sacred springs water from the ground, nice quiet area.
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9/4/2021 Valley of Shields #2, MT - Hiked up the ridge directory from the Weatherman Draw TH, about one mile up then straight down least one hundred feet cliff showed up, a means hike ended there. But view was very nice.
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9/5/2021 Valley of Shields #3, MT - Ridge hike was original plan, but ridge line is collection of mountains and didn’t connect it. it was strenuous hike than expected but very nice rock formations atop of the ridge at time to time.
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9/6/2021 Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting, WY - This place is the behind the rest area of HW #14, #16, #20. 1/2 dozen firefighter airplaines have displayed. Behind displayed airplaine that the boneyard of the airplane, which is not part of the museum.
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9/7/2021 Alkali Canyon, WY - Canyon is beautiful with few color tall wall cliffs at both sides. It was not difficult to hike on canyon bed, and I really enjoy the hike. My main purpose was to find RAs, which some ones gave me the information, unfortunately all I found was graffiti.
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9/8/2021 Renner Reservoir, Renner Wildlife Habitat Management Area, WY - It is beautiful area, red formation and white formation at side by side that the starting point of this area. At the reservoir, water level is full capacity that managed by pumping the water from the ground. Very quiet area.
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9/9/2021 Pow-Wow Cavern RA, Ten Sleep Preserve, WY - Hike on the road that easy enough, however road is not using for long time and weeds grow at middle of the road. Both sides of the road is tall trees, weeds and bushes grow wildly, just like jungle there. Also cross the creek five times, but water level was less than knee high. Cave means alcove, and huge in size. Mainly red color pictographs and saw one black too.
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9/13/2021 Ranch A, WY - Wealthy newspaper publisher family built this ranch as a gateway house, owner has been changed a few times since then. It is registered in the National Historical Places. Well maintained quiet area along the Sand Creek.
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9/14/2021 Oregon Trail Rats State Historical site, Guernsey, WY - Rocky surface of one segment is still remind that is telling the Oregon Trail was not easy trail to go through. However view is very nice and enjoyable.
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9/14/2021 Register Cliff, Guernsey, WY - It is a large cliff, about 1/4 mile long. There are so many register/inscription/graffiti, whatever called, where I called graffiti, on the cliff. Long time ago, write on the cliff the name and date when passed here that the message for the follow relatives.
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9/14/2021 Sunrise, WY - Current owner John who purchased mine and town 10 years ago, about 2,000 acres. There are several buildings and open pit, 500ft deep blue lake, archaeological site, museum and more. I was violating the 'No Trespassing' sign to see the archaeological site, but owner was very nice and encourage me to walk around in his property. Thank you John, I really enjoyed hike in your remarkable property.
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9/15/2021 Craven Canyon, SD - North entrance of the canyon was closed gate because ranch owners passed way. Took old trail/road to get down to the canyon, which was difficult because not using it for many years, but I found way to go to the canyon. I got a WP from the Internet that was bogus. There are suppose to many RAs but I can’t find any and canyon is large in size. I know how to get to the canyon now, all I need is good WP.
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9/16/2021 Pioneer Museum, Douglas, WY - Inside museum is larger than outside look. There are a few rooms, group by group, neatly organized, include the basement. One of the local recommended me to visit and I’m glad I did.
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9/17/2021 Indian Battle Hill, WY - Original plan was to visit the Spanish Diggings, but last couple miles of road was closed, a means couldn’t reach to it. I spend some time at the Indian Battle Hill to find RA, unfortunately there is no RA found.
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9/21/2021 Hell’s Half Acre, WY - It is 320 acres of the badlands, we can take look down to see it part of the beautiful badlands, however there is a tall wire fence all around, how to take a photo with people?
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9/22/2021 South Big Horn / Red Wall Scenic Backway, WY - 82 miles of mainly dirt road of scenic byway. I did counter clockwise, started to interesting about the half way, then getting more red rock bluffs. Google Street View camera car was there, and driver said average 500 miles/day to drive. I don’t want drive more than 100 miles/day, I said wow...
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9/22/2021 Lake Cameahwait Wildlife Habitat Management Area, WY - I found this place from the freecampsite.net. Mountains background of the lake, size of lake is large in size. No boat, very quiet area and clear lake water. It is technically in the Wind River Indian Reservation, but WHMA taking care of the area.
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9/23/2021 Big Sandy Dam and Reservoir, Farson, WY - Seems to water level of this reservoir is less than 50% full and can see many white sand beaches from the higher side. Sad thing is no one enjoying on the beach because many dead fishes. I guess not enough oxygen in the water to fishes to survive.
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9/24/2021 La Barge Bluff RA, WY - The site is only couple miles from the town of La Barge by bird’s eye view, however drive on the dirt road 11 miles and hike one mile to get to the site. I’ve enjoyed old and not so old RAs, and soft colorful mountains near by.
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9/25/2021 Green River, La Barge, WY - Gorgeous golden color of leaves are just in time to enjoy the beginning of the Fall. Getting cool in the morning and evening, between that still nice warm day in Wyoming.
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9/27/2021 South Piney Creek RA Site, WY - It is in the private property, however it is open for the public. There are many roads around here because many oil and gas sites. The site is north faced cliff wall, steep hill to hike up to reach the site. I had a hard time to take photos, because least 2 to 3 ft away from the panel to take photos, but not enough room.
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9/28/2021 Calpet RA Site, WY - Climb up steep slope and old and not so old RAs are there. There are many graffiti, some one had steal a piece of RA from the cliff wall that was sick. Thank you Holly for take me there, without your help, I never find it.
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9/29/2021 Gateway RA Site, WY - I’ve hiked up steep slope to get the site, but not many RAs there, I can’t climb up father between boulders because I am not Harlan, so tried to find easy place to hike up the atop of the mesa and descended and found many RAs. Fontenelle Reservoir view from atop is breath taking.
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9/29/2021 Fontenelle Dam and Reservoir, WY - It is a large reservoir and very quiet and beautiful. Top of the dam road has been closed. Seems to water level of the reservoir is very low.
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9/30/2021 Fontenelle Bay, WY - It is not popular place, narrow dirt road is not maintained and not using for while. I was hoping to find RA, but no luck. However view of Fontenelle Reservoir from the bay is just beautiful.
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