Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A rugged landscape

Our journey home from Colby, Kansas a few weeks ago took many detours.  It was the road sign on I70 that caught my husband's eye.  Next thing you know we are headed down a gravel road, through a farmer's field, and across a cattle gate.  The rutted road took us to the top of a rock formation overlooking Castle Rock.  

Though crops grow to the south of this chalk formation, this view to the north and east shows only a few junipers dotting the landscape and grasses. 

Fortunately, we were in a Jeep and it could handle the road that winds around the rock formations.

We stopped several times to get out for a closer look and hiked in the area.

I was on the lookout for rattlesnakes and was just certain this was a great place for them to call home.  Fortunately, we didn't see any.  

We did see small plants growing in the cracks of the rock formations along with yuccas and grasses in the open areas.  Castle Rock is a rugged landscape with a rugged beauty.  

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