Quick jaunt to see the sights in Guernsey, Wyo.
As long as husband and I were in Fort Laramie, we figured we might as well head over to Guernsey to see a couple of Oregon Trail historic sights. We wanted to know how to advise people, just in case visiting friends or relatives wanted to see them someday.
You’d think my imagination would have been piqued a little more by the fact that I was standing exactly where thousands of hopeful, westbound Americans traveled over a century ago.
Alas, my reaction that day was “ho hum.”
Just so you know what to expect, you will find a gravel parking lot and a loop trail that goes up a hill to see segments of ruts at the top.
One of the segments looks like this:
Maybe if I had taken the time to get myself oriented to the direction of travel so I could look ahead to what the pioneers would have been looking towards . . . maybe then I could have gotten into the spirit of the place.
Oh well . . . on to Register Cliff.
High point of the visit: our tour guides.
The cats were quite insistent on making sure we saw the best stuff. The corgi was mainly frustrated that he/she couldn’t scale the walls with the same aplomb as the cats.
The antics of the cats and corgi helped distract me from my despair at the condition of the cliff.
There were so many modern carvings into the rock, it was tough to tell which ones were historic.
The “most significant” signatures are purportedly protected by a chain-link fence, but the corgi zipped in and out underneath the fence via a gap through which any non-obese human could crawl. And evidently, they had, as there were modern carvings even on the protected portions of rock.
Perhaps someday archaeologists or sociologists will find the “new” carvings significant, but I just find them sad.
Still, Register Cliff caught my attention a little more than the ruts did.
Here were some of the older carvings from the 1850s.
Such a popular month, June. Or did I mean JUИE? Or しune?
What’s with all the backwards letters?
Yaaaay, school teachers!
Copyright 2011 by Katie Bradshaw