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Old 08-22-2016, 04:12 PM   #477
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Look at the picture below. West is on the right. Look closely and find the trunk of the tree.
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Do ya think there's a prevailing wind!!!!
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Somewhere northeast of Farson, WY near the Pony Express route.

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A beautiful sunset almost every evening. Our final night for this rockdocking adventure was great! I wish this smart phone could take a picture of the Milky Way - the night sky is simply amazing!

We're down to just four RVs from the eleven that started this trip. We parted ways at various points as people branched off to other destinations.

Best wishes to all who participated and organized this adventure with particular thanks to Nancy and Ray for everything they did to prepare us and be our hosts.
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NVESTYSLY, your photo in post 471..... I'm pretty sure that I passed that rig this afternoon as I drove west on I80 and that rig was going east on I80. Is that yours? Nice looking rig! How did you fare with the cross winds? My Interstate was rocking "just a bit"! LOL,

I'm on my way to meet Maggie and Lily in Jackson, then, on to Oregon. And 'm glad you folks had a good time. Gerard and Laura called last night, and told me the adventure was awesome!
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Old 08-24-2016, 03:03 PM   #481
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Seen It... Done It... Survived It

Arrived at 12 noon today, after camped in the Snowy Range of the Medicine Bow Mountains, west of Laramie, Wyoming. Drove the 'paved" Highway 130 from Saratoga... on the way back to Castle Rock.

Medicine Bow Peak and Lake Marie were stunning at sunrise. Nancy and I found an Off the Grid campsite, .6 miles off of 130 and a few miles west of the very white Snowy Range peaks. Anyone who finds Yosemite beautiful... eliminate the crowds and see this area of South Central Wyoming. Plenty of campgrounds and roads with OtG sites. The Range View is longer than Yosemite with sparse visitors... to our liking!

The absolute worst portion of the two weeks on the road in Wyoming... driving from Fort Collins, Colorado thru Denver south. Grid Lock and not even rush hour.

I will be down loading my photographs on the Thread in the next day or two. IF, I can figure out how to become a Supporting Member...

Some of the photographs were after climbing granite out crops at Sawmill Creek with Traveluminum (Richard). Richard climbed it twice as I was looking over some Indian Sites on the way up. We were the only two willing to risk life and limb and overcome the vertical drop on most of the climb. The view of the campsite looked like shiny cans tossed off the side of the road...

As I think about it... we both had to be nuts.

We had SNOW, hail, rain, wind, heat, frost, cold, sunshine galore... and the dried mud and dust to prove it all true. Just an average two weeks for those experienced in Wyoming's High Country. The snow topped the highest peaks at Double Cabin.

It is much more difficult with a group, as no one would be surprised. Making quick decisions from the original Itinerary due to changing high country weather conditions was a fact of life. Actual 'voting' took place several times. One for departing the voracious winds at the cliff side views at Beaver Rim, and the 24 hour rain that began the second day at Double Cabin. For those who could not understand Wyoming Weather... it was a lesson learned.
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Had a Wyonderful time in Wyoming . . .

A hearty and heartfelt Thank You! to Ray and Nancy for organizing this awesome 2016 Rockdocking Adventure and guiding the troops throughout our delightful Wyoming diagonal trip. The OtG campsites were spectacular and taught me the value of venturing down those National Forest Access two rut dirt roads in search of great campsites. My last night before arriving home was spent alone in a wooded campspot just off a two rut dirt road in the Roosevelt National Forest a tad north of Kings Canyon, CO on route 127. Cozy, cozy.

The company and companionship was warm and, after a few days without shaving, quite fuzzy. Flexibility was key as weather and occupied campsites caused necessary adjustments in travel plans, but we always ended up camped in beautiful locations. Although I have seen many photographs of the Grand Tetons, I was not prepared for their magnificence in person . . . absolutely stunning.

My takeaway lesson from this Adventure is the best campsites are often unmarked, waiting silently to be discovered as you round the corner on a narrow dirt road over the plains or through the woods. If it looks promising to camp over yonder, it pays to check it out, as the ethereal senses are oftentimes the most reliable guide to the hidden treasures in our physical world. Great beauty is found along roads less traveled.
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Como Bluffs / Bone Cabin / Carbon County, Wyoming

Others took photos of Bone Cabin which is known for the use of local Dinosaur Bone to decorate the exteriors of the buildings. After the death of the original owner, the property has fallen into disrepair. Possibly someone will post those later on this Thread.

To the north is Como Bluffs where dinosaur bones were discovered by Union Pacific Railroad employees after 1867. The ranch to the north of Como Bluffs was owned by the clerk who found and sold bones under an alias. The site can also be driven to, but is on a private ranch who... discourages people from walking around.

Everyone fit onto the parking lot. As the trip progressed, members would drop off to seek further adventures...

(70% of Wyoming is Wind and the other 30% are Mountains)
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Medicine Bow, Wyoming: The Virginian Hotel

Traveling further west on US30 out of Laramie, Wyoming and not far from Bone Cabin is the Virginian Hotel. Author Owen Wister is associated with the town and the hotel writing The Virginian.

Considered haunted... if you hang around the original Bar too long. Several members had a beer and purchased shot glasses for... fresh water, no doubt.

The hotel is a meeting place for the Lincoln Highway celebrations, which doubles the population and traffic of many vintage automobiles. Too bad we were not there to celebrate. When I met the original owner in the early 1970's, he had two floor model antique slot machines in a shed. He wanted a coin operated player piano for these early 1900's slot machines. I had no player piano and do not know what happened to these two valuable slot machines. Had the wind blown too hard... the shed would have been in Nebraska...
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Beaver Rim / Beaver Divide, Wyoming (near Lander/Riverton)

The 70% of Wyoming which is wind was concentrated at this campsite. We all fit onto the Rim and the wind started up that afternoon and increased during the evening and the next morning.

One member left the group that morning. A knock on my trailer's door was thought to be our Blue Heelers wanting to return into the trailer. I got out of bed and when opening the door was a group of members... looking at me standing in the doorway in my underwear, not wearing a hat. I excused myself, put on a pair of pants and discovered that one member was leaving the group due to 'dog issues' which I was totally caught off guard... and under dressed for the occasion.

After the member thanked me for the opportunity, they were able to use the detailed map and itinerary to visit these same spots in the comfort of their own trailer. We all departed with no hard feelings, although next time I suspect anything at our trailer's door... I will be better prepared.

This was one of two early morning incidents where I was literally caught with my 'pants down', but the second time I had my western hat on my head.

The road you see was the Rock Springs to Lander Stage route.
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Sawmill Creek: west of Lander, Wyoming

No wind. No rain. No Forest Fire. Our favorite camping spot up to this point. No cost. Sawmill creek runs clear and if you have a dog or two... toss them in with the kids. No fish as the creek is rather narrow and shallow.

West of Lander and along the Popo Agie River, the Sinks, the large trout fishing hole when the river emerges from its underground route and at least three days can be spent in this area without becoming bored. More if you want to Base Camp this fantastic Off the Grid location.

Lots of switchbacks to gain elevation. You will see the campsite behind the #1 Wyoming fan on the Sherman Granite of Wyoming. Almost three billion years old. The granite... not the #1 Wyoming fan.

A group of members tried to locate a large log cabin used when there was lumber being removed from the area. Nancy and I saw what we saw and we are confident that you may see, what we saw, when we had found it ourselves... and you can quote that.

Climbing the granite for the adventurous. Exploring the number of lakes in the area. The Sinks has a nice rest area and facilities. You can actually follow the trail down to where the Popo Agie actually disappears underground into a limestone formation. It reappears as a Trout Pool further down the canyon.

Pocket some dog chow as the Trout will eat whatever you are willing to toss their way. Kids will be thrilled in the 6 to 80 year old bracket.
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Double Cabin: north of DuBois, Wyoming

Double Cabin has had its share of Forest Fires. The latest from lightning and has scarred the entire valley. It is unfortunate that such a beautiful place will take fifty years to renew and lay flat the dead timber in the Wilderness area.

Frontier Creek and Emerald Creek flowing to become Wiggins Fork was running shallow this time. No action shots of members falling into a torrent and getting a cold bath in the process. Some times one cannot predict what to expect.

The campsite was large and the pit toilet clean and stocked with better toilet paper than discussed on several threads on this Forum. All at no cost. The toilet paper was so good that it was pad locked onto a multiple roll shaft on the concrete wall. Now... that is worth trying if you are in this area.

The first day was partly sunny. Everyone wanted to see Double Cabin, of which... there is only one log cabin, a saddle shed with no roof, a storage shed and an outhouse lacking the comforts of the campsite. Somehow the 'double' should be Single Cabin with an Outhouse... my new name for the site.

The rain began that afternoon. It was cold, wet and continued to rain. A group of Vigilantes gathered in front of my Airstream, this time I had clothes on and a western hat... we voted to attach trailers and since Thalweg and MasTierra managed to get up the first half mile... it was a 'let's get out of here before we have no choice! Everyone with 4x4 and 4x2 pulling trailers and 47WeeWind tossing mud with his camper truck. We left with pounds of mud attached to the exteriors of our tow vehicles and trailers.

This 'mud' became concrete by the time we went through Jackson, Wyoming. There could be a fortune made with the Single Cabin and an Out House mud...

The Vigilantes were photographed before the uprising in this one... rare photo.

Overall the experience at Double Cabin... sucked.
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Woman Bicycle Biker jumps Sawmill Creek....

A very rare photo of a Woman Bicycle Biker on Unifreck's fat tire lithium peddle option... whatchama bike. Unifreck had an Interstate full of electronic gizmos and magical devices that I can not describe... as they are so... well magical to me.

The WBB is actually Nancy wearing a crash helmet and attempting to jump Sawmill Creek when the opportunity presents itself.

The opportunity did not present itself... this time.

Everyone who wanted to test the Lithium Battery and people peddler went much faster than needed. I found this combination of tires, lithium battery and a more than bumpy road a test of my... well, you could hurt yourself if not careful.

Thank you Ed and Jan. We liked your toy box.
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Grey's River: southeast of Alpine, Wyoming

This river is being renamed Gearheart River. With his own tied flies and a fly rod, treated the entire camp to a Trout Fry. After that... he went back and hauled in his trophy 12" or better from the same section of Gearheart's River.

Laura fried the trout. We did not eat them raw, although our two Blue Heelers would have like to eat what was not fired...raw or not. When your trout are fried in less than two hours after catching them... that is almost like eating them raw.

Uneventful. No Vigilante activity reported. One photo of the camp site we used prior to getting to Sheep Creek... our last chance if every site was taken. They were not and neither was Sheep Creek. Almost a nice river campsite along the road at your choice.

Since this site was uneventful, no one defected at night or early morning.
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Oregon Butte: Between Lander and Farson, Wyoming

Our campsite was on the rim, looking west towards the Oregon, Mormon, California, Lander Cutoff, Pony Express and possibly other trails unknown. A modern highway was six miles to the west, but it did not count as something to take notice.

Considering Oregon Buttes was several miles to the southeast of the ridge where we were camped... the remaining four, maybe five, living members had no clue where they were on the trail map. I kept pointing Go East Young Man... and only received silence among the remaining Unifreck, VeeVee, Nvestysly, 47WeeWind and yours truly.

Oregon Butte and Pacific Butte were totally ignored and I could have pointed at an ant hill as Oregon Buttes and there would have been no argument. I suspect it was the liberal sharing of the last full bottle of beer among members and dogs, alike.

Dogs do not like IPA beer as it is bitter... we learned. Unifreck's dog, Jack Rabbit, was thankful that VeeVee carried a plastic bag of chicken parts and pieces as dog treats.

Jan aka Unifreck let me do some dog juggling with Jack Rabbit and converted his obnoxious behavior into that of a Blue Heeler. Now... Jan. You better not let Jack Rabbit go back to those bad California habits. You know what to do. It worked well with Ed, so keep at it.

True Off the Grid survivors of Vigilante groups, one of two Up and Overs of the Lander Cutoff and avoided contact with two camps with full timers in the area. Other, less adaptable members due to being from Florida or other exotic locations of the USA or Canada snuck out when opportunity presented itself from the Mud Slinging at Single Cabinet with an Out House.

If anyone were to sum this entire adventure up in one word...

I can't. I cannot summarize, categorize, edit well or do anything in less than a paragraph or... a half page. Not my style. But with facial hair, slicked down hair and everyone sitting upwind from one another... the last four are the Last of the Mohicans on this Adventure and lived to tell you about what might have or could have happened behind the scenes... at Oregon Butte.
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