Another couple of photos from the Wyoming adventure — to finish off the series in style.
This youngest range in the Rocky Mountains, only about 50 miles in length, pushed up about 9 million years ago, while at the same time the basin around the Jackson hole area began to sink, making the peaks tower almost 14,000 feet above the flat plain below. Their recent appearance with relatively little time for erosion makes their profile spectacular — everywhere we drove in this valley, I had to stop and take photos just to see if I could get “the best” view of the peaks.
This area of Wyoming has some fascinating history, of early explorers, trappers, Indian history, etc. We got just a taste of this when we visited the Museum of the Mountain Men in Pinedale, WY (see my earlier post). I think I need to go back and re-read Irving Stone’s Men to Match my Mountains.