After Glacier National Park, I planned on slowly making my way to Colorado Springs (where I am now). I had a few weeks for the journey, so I stopped in Anaconda, MT for several days.
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s this area was known for it’s Copper Smelting. One of the places I walked several days was the Upper Works Historic Trail, which was a great walking trail with several stops showing remains from the smelting plant.
The trail overlooks a Jack Nicklaus golf course. Instead of white sand, they used black slag in the bunkers. Slag is a by-product from the copper smeltering process.
Behind the golf course, on the hill is the 585 foot brick smoke stack, which is one of the tallest free-standing brick structures in the world.
I also went to the Warm Springs State Wildlife Management Area to do some bird watching a couple of times. I didn’t see anything that I had not seen before, but I enjoyed watching the ducks in their daily activities.
Feeding their young --
It was interesting watching the parent dive for food then bring it back for the young duck.
Gathering material to build a nest --
Gathering the large family for a family outing???--
Lost Creek State park is a local park that I visited. There is a very short trail to a small waterfall, but what I found more interesting were the rock cliffs. Notice the one below --
I did a bit of research after I saw this and all I found was that this is a granitic dike. Every time I see something like this I wonder what happened thousands of years ago to cause this intrusion into the rocks.
In this area, there are some towns with interesting names. I saw the following sign and had to go there to see if I got smarter!! --
Shortly after that, there is another --
Since the drive through Wisdom didn’t seem to work, I didn’t try a drive through Opportunity!!