Today, we drove up to the Rotary park so we could hike the Bridle trail. The trail is about 5 miles long and gains over 1,200 feet in elevation. It was described as rough terrain and a section was but the rest was a moderate trail. There are several interesting points along the trail including Garden Creek Falls and the Split Rock.
The views were outstanding even early in the hike.
The trail starts out pretty rough with lots of large rocks in the trail. Later the trail smoothed out but continued to climb the mountains. It was well maintained with occasional benches to rest if needed.
We continued to have some very nice views of the valley and the mountains.
At almost the highest elevation point on the trail we hiked around a cabin. The trail loops right though the yard. The owners have setup a garden of small figurines to memorialized children lost early in life and were placed by the grieving parents.
We had been looking forward to this part of the trail. This trail passes through a very interesting opening between the rock on the trail.
At an overlook we could look back at the first part of the trail across the valley. We could also see the rock I stood on for a picture.
The hike was challenging at times but most of the trail was an easy walk.
Of course there were a few flowers to photograph.
We did see one snake on the trail but it was not interested in having it's picture taken.
At the end of our hike we came to a creek and waterfall.
Later in the day after a shower and change of clothes, we visited a museum. It was very convenient to the RV park. In fact, we passed it every time we left to go anywhere.
The museum has local history from the time of the Fort to more modern times.
As we stepped outside to see the fort this deer was standing nearby.
Next we walked around in the fort. It is not the original but a reconstruction done in the 1936 by Casper citizens and the Works Progress Administration.
The doe was not the last animal we saw. A turkey and her chicks were nearby. As with the doe, she was not really worried about us. The chicks were not much taller than the grass.
Two more displays were outside the fort. The first was an example of what a wagon ferry was like. Second was a section of the floating bridge used to cross river for wagons and livestock.
The doe said "Bye" on our way back to the car.
Being hungry, we decided to head out to another brewery.
We are a couple who have started on a new adventure...