By Jim Stanford on May 11, 2011
Some of you may have seen this video a few weeks back, after it was featured on the Cowboy State Free Press and I posted a link via Twitter feed on the bottom of this page. A motorist apparently pulled over on Highway 14A east of Lovell, in the Big Horn Range, to film the scene of a rock slide.
What the gentleman didn’t expect was for the rocks to keep on sliding. His narration is pretty entertaining. This is the time of year when the landscape comes alive, and the forces of water, erosion and even a slight seismic shifting can cause dramatic changes relatively quickly.
The Gros Ventre Slide occurred during the wet spring of 1925, and the Dog Creek Mudslide, which closed Highway 89 in the Snake River Canyon for three weeks, ran during a similarly soggy June 1997.
After a few weeks of travel to the mouth of the Big River, I am working my way back home. Arriving in Steamboat Springs yesterday afternoon, I discovered the creeks rumbling with runoff and the process of change in full effect. The next few weeks are going to be exciting, as the Snake surges and wildflowers begin to bloom. It’s my favorite time of year. Bring it, baby!