Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Chief Wasakie, Sacajawea, Sinks Canyon,

Up at 6 a.m. and headed right out back over the gravel road.  The morning sun bouncing off the MT walls was spectacular.  I am sure I stopped six times to view and photograph.   On 287S/29E the buttes of layered colors jutting up, a few miles on plateaus of muted greens, a few miles more flat sagebrush land hemmed in by layers of distant mountains, then later to the left a canyon, take a turn to  cross  the roaring Wind River into Indian land.     There wasn’t much to see on this Indian reservation.  The Crow store was closed.  So few autos on this road, I can stop in the middle to get my pic.

Chief Wasakie
Traveling south take the Chief Wasakie Trail on 287S to Fort Washakie, an Indian chief who lived from 1798 – 1900 (102 yrs. Old).   A right turn by Morning Star Manor takes you to his grave site which lists the wrong  birth date.   This same cemetery has many other interesting markers of little children, white wood crosses with no notations,  and an Indian Scout. Continuing on further is the site of Sacajawea who lead Lewis and Clark to the Pacific.  Two other visitors were there, the man said they keep the graves nice but not the lawn.   “The lawn” was flowing with native prarie grasses.  I think he expected that Indians should mow their cemetery lawns.  Since the base was hard rock face they  packed red dirt about two/three feet high. Some were bordered with large wood quarter rounds and then piled with the local red dirt.   I wondered if like the Island Irish there were stones under the dirt.
Trout with no where to go
 After Lander is Sinks Canyon so named due to a roaring river which disappears underground and rises up in a pool later.  The Rainbow trout try to swim up stream but it is just a rock wall when its rises up.    Water oozing out of rock but note no water falls above.

Old WY State Prison - Rawlings
Rawlings historic jail  

WY ST Gas Chamber

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