On Wind, Road Ruts and Rosaries
Other than that, the day was uneventful for sidetracks, except the messy hair we had due to the strong winds to our face as the went up and toward the northwest end of the butte. We were actually roasting on the way down when the "breeze" was to our back.
The colors absolutely popped with the golden reds of the currants, willows and other undergrowth stood out among the green of the surrounding hills. And this hike produces some of the best views of the Rocky Mountain Front as well as the buttes that dot the plains. Haystack butte is particularly prominent.
No cows, but we did came across a weird contraption, we presume was to help load cattle onto trucks to take to feed lots or market.
Katie was on her way to her grandmother's funeral in Fresno, Ca. She was to lead the rosary that night, but she had forgotten to put one in her suitcase which was already loaded into the car. Amazingly, Chrissie had one with her to lend. A beautiful end to a nice day.
Check out this site to learn more about the butte and the Shonkinite formations with augite crystals in the area.
Who went: Chrissie, Gail, Bonnie, Roni, June, Doris, Katie