Summer Solstice, 2006
My first impression, WHOA, that's a cold summer wind! Above 9,000
feet, the snowbanks are fast melting, pouring water to the desert
rivers below, and still chilling the winds and bones on the longest
day of the year.
Second impression, this is a much smaller monument than I realized.
The publications on the alignments seemed so much more impressive
when I did not know how close to each other the cairns are.
Third impression, this incredible monument has been destroyed
by a fence around it and the outhouse in plain view right next
to the wheel. Is someone trying to ruin these sites?
(I'm on the road to Devils Tower, catching a caffeine
buzz in Java Jae's, downtown Gillette, WY. )
Solstice Sunset was beautiful, with the sun appearing
briefly below a cloud before setting.
View of the summer solstice alignment, from the outside cairn over
the center cairn.
Central Cairn has 28 spokes leading to an outer ring of stones
Wide-angle view of Big Horn Mountain Range from
the west. Click for larger images.
Above view is looking southeast.
Several cairns are embedded in or directly adjacent to the outer
One cairn is set outside the outer ring, with an
Overall setting of Big Horn Medicine Wheel atop Bign Horn Mountains.
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Several small stone figures are nearby (modern additions?). View