Strolling Amok

Pops goes on tour.

Medicine Bow National Forest

Life is not particularly hard for an RVer at the Medicine Bow National Forest.

Life is not particularly hard for an RVer at the Medicine Bow National Forest.

This is an overnight stop only, on my way to the Bonneville Salt Flats. I could have pulled over at a rest stop, but I wanted to check out the adaptability of this national forest for future reference. It’s possible to stay here for up to 14 days, and I certainly would, but duty calls. Wow. Despite the severe washboard gravel road that got me up here, this place is big-rig friendly, with ample turn-around spots along the way. Many gigantic boulders are strewn about, and many more form spires. Along with the pine trees, the effect is arresting. The 8,203′ elevation means much cooler temps, too. I hate to think what winter is like up here, since many interchanges have gates, and there are frequent signs with lights saying that if the lights are flashing, I-80 is closed ahead. The six-foot snow fences give that message, too.

Rough fencing was put up to stop campers from going deep into wildlife areas.

Rough fencing was put up to stop campers from going deep into wildlife areas.

Despite the beauty and my proximity to the trail road, I'm new to this terrain and am creeped out wandering very far in au naturale. I think that as a kid I saw too many westerns with the mountain lions jumping from rocks exactly like these. Actually, mountain lions and badgers are in this forest, but are probably much deeper in.

Despite the beauty and my proximity to the trail road, I’m new to this terrain and am creeped out wandering very far in au naturale. I think that as a kid I saw too many westerns with the mountain lions jumping from rocks exactly like these. Actually, mountain lions and badgers are in this forest, but are probably much deeper in.

I just liked this.

I just liked this.

There are many far more picturesque areas on the approach road, but this is what was right at my campsite. It'll do, hey?

There are many far more picturesque areas on the approach road, but this is what was right at my campsite. It’ll do, hey?

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