Enjoyed 2 hour map hike after 1st day of driving home. Great memories.
First chose campsite with most mosquitoes - they buzzed me off to much better site away from swamp and in the wind. Nearly all "sites with fire rings" were taken. Not planning a fire, I set up on side of road.
90 degrees and humid in 2 days - I'll savor the good weather while it lasts!
Picked up take-out from Sweet Melissa - delicious. Restaurants, bars, and bookstores - Laramie has a great downtown!
Good to hear.
It's actually a pretty average year for mosquitoes, which translates (to me) as "bad enough"--my tolerance for them being not so high. They usually start showing up around mid-June and probably peak right around now, and have started to wane by mid-July and quickly diminish then.
The further east you go in the National Forest where you were, the better, and the more open the area, the better, too. There's a trade-off with wind, but as far as the bugs go, some breeze makes a big positive difference.
Took Headquarters trail Thursday morning to great overlooks west and east. Latter gave great views of Plains of Despair and other maps!
Every so often if you look out from that eastern overlook, and it's a really clear day and conditions are right, you can see Omaha. Some people say: "But that can't be possible!" Some people just don't have the imagination it takes. ; )
No Omaha sighting...but I wasn't scanning for it.
My main impression was that those impressive on-foot rock features on your maps are puny and hard-to-spot from that bluff.
Home now -- darn, hot and humid in STL!