There is a lot of train activity in this town. When I wasn’t sleeping at night, I heard non-stop train activity. Most of what we have seen during the day is full coal cars going west and empty coal cars coming from the east.
Partly to escape the heat, we selected a hike in the Bighorn mountains that was described in my Sheridan Guidebook as “a rewarding but relatively short and easy day hike, clocking in at approximately 2 miles”. This hike takes you to the Black Mountain Fire Lookout. I have a difference of opinion about relatively easy. The hike is uphill the whole way. When you get close to the Lookout house/tower, you must scramble over rocks. Dart made it look easy. The Fire Lookout is perched at about 9,500 feet. As far as I am concerned, there is insufficient oxygen in the atmosphere at that level to consider an uphill hike “relatively easy”. The most irritating part is seeing people of varying ages and their dogs walk past me up the hill like I was an old granny.
I made the hike successfully and enjoyed the views. I will work with a personal trainer when I get back to whip me into shape so those little kids can’t jog past me so quickly all giggly and smiling and showing no shortness of breath.
All the pictures below are from the hike.
When we got back to town, the temperature was in the 70’s. It is lovely. The sky is cloudy, so the sun is unable to beat down and heat it up to an unpleasant temperature.
We’re off to Laramie, Wyoming tomorrow morning. It is about 300 miles from here.