Friday, September 5, 2008

Big Trips = distraction!

August 30, 2008 – This morning I woke us all up bright and early and we headed to Devil’s Tower where we pulled out our chairs and watched the groundhogs while we ate our breakfasts. Then a walk around the tower, which is pretty incredible, and some time spent watching some climbers we’d talked to in the lot that morning. It seems it takes only 90 minutes to 2 hours to reach the top of the tower, and many climbers do more than one climb each day at the tower.

The girls introduced themselves to bouldering here, and used the spotting scopes first to find the climbers, then to search for each other.

The girls again earned Junior Ranger badges after completing their hike, activity packets and answering questions given by another incredibly kind, patient, kid-friendly parks ranger

Since we’d gotten such an early start, we were able to hit Register Cliffs (near Guernsey, WY)

and the Oregon Trail Ruts (also near Guernsey) before the day was done.

We pulled into camp here at Guernsey State Park after dark. It appears this is the weekend for the family parties at the lake. LOTS of ski boats here! I look forward to getting in the lake in the morning before the boats really get going.

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