"There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of this great human principle." Franklin D. Roosevelt

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Bighorn Mountains

My weekend included a picnic in the Bighorn Mountains.  It is an incredibly beautiful and scenic drive.
 By Medicine Mountain is the archaeological site of Medicine Wheel.  Since it was a three mile hike on foot we had to pass that up this time but it is on our list of things to do in the future.  I would love to try hiking and camping in this area.
 We stopped at Burgess Jct. and then proceeded down a back road.  We picnicked along a small river and then enjoyed the sites.
 One of the sites was this beautiful vista, complete with a moose!
 And later on we came across a moose cow with her young twins.

 They made their way across the road.  Mama moose found a great grazing area while her young'uns found themselves on the wrong side of a fence.  They would pace back and forth, contemplate a leap over the fence, think twice and pace some more.  They eventually crawled through the fence.

Our time in the Bighorn National Forest ended with a drive through Shell Canyon.  It was indeed a perfect and beautiful day.  I saw a total of five moose and some of the greatest pristine mountain forests in Wyoming.  I will definately make a trip back here.