The Buttes rise in a very stately fashion from the plains around them. They stand alone in the midst of hundreds of miles of flatness. How exactly them formed and have weather the thousands if not hundreds of thousands of years is a mystery to me. I can only imagine the events that lead to their birth and formation so many millennium ago. We spent about 1 hour walking around the first Butte and exploring the mystery of its existence. You can tell there are many different layers of rock that were involved in it’s creation. But you have to wonder why did those layers remain standing while the plains around them eroded down to nothing. I am sure a geologist could provide us with some easy answers but then the mystery would be gone.
Our hike back to the trailhead parking lot was rougher than the hike in. Of course the fact that the temperature had risen by 30 degrees didn’t make things any easier! Our ride out was just as long as the ride in. However, I am determined to do this hike again and I am determined to do it when the sun is rising so that I can see the dramatic color of the sunrise set against these unique and mysterious geological landmarks! Our day was a pretty good one. There was a lot going on. I have made several updates to the Caringbridge site today because of something that I found. Please check them out at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/pattykromer. As always – thanks and peace to all! – J.