South Rockerville Road and Rocks: So off we went south on US HWY 16. In Rockerville, we turned south on Pennington County Road 233 (South Rockerville Road). Along the way, we passed through rolling hills and narrow canyons that are always full of interesting miniature scenes.
Fire opens up the forest floor to life-giving sunlight, and the plants respond! Our understanding of forest ecology has certainly matured since the days when we were kids, and forests were managed as tree farms and hunting plantations.
We make a habit of the road less traveled, of course, and in some cases, it's the road that "hasn't been traveled in a while" -- which leads to some opportunity for axe and tow strap.
The Way, Way Back: As the cool air started to circulate through the canyons and evening set in, some of the crepuscular woodland creatures started to stir.