The Way Past Self-Inflicted Pain: The Road to Medicine Wheel

The whole inappropriate comment thing was stuck in my mind, all day, July 19.  I was soothed a great deal, though, by the beauty of Shell Falls, and the delightful meal at Elk View Inn, which is all by its onesies, about halfway between Powell and Sheridan, in north central Wyoming.  I also got to check the Web, and take my medicine.  As I’ve said elsewhere, the worst thing I can do to someone, in my own head and heart, is to hurt their feelings.  I had thirty years of sensitivity training, and it’s second nature now.  I still feel terrible about this, my friend.

Elk View Inn, though, tried its best to help me feel great again, and it got me through the day.  So did some fine scenery, from the top of Shell Canyon (below), to the foot of Medicine Wheel Mountain.


Rounding the corner, at the top of the canyon, I encountered a juvenile moose, enjoying a meal.


After lunch, I found my footing, in the foothills of the Bighorn Range, about three miles east of Medicine Wheel.  Some volcanic outcroppings graced the scene.

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Medicine Wheel Mountain is visible, from these outcroppings.

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Columbine are prolific in the foothills of the Bighorns.          SAM_5520      SAM_5521

The base of  Medicine Wheel Mountain, though, is largely high desert scrub.


I was, however, psyched to drive to the Forest Service parking lot, and go to Medicine Wheel, for several minutes of prayer and homage.  God knows, I needed it, and needed to offer it.

26 thoughts on “The Way Past Self-Inflicted Pain: The Road to Medicine Wheel

  1. It’s such beautiful scenery, and so different from that of the Rockies or of Arizona. I trust you didn’t try to get closer to that moose — they can be nasty! But the columbine are beautiful — were you able to get closer to them?


    • I stay the recommended distance, from all wild animals. I respect their space, and their temperament. I did not get any closer to the columbine there, as it was private property, but I have encountered them much closer, when on the trails.


  2. this is an incredibly beautiful place. wow. you found quite the place for prayer, Gary. a place that was literally made for it.

    I’ve read your past posts, so in this comment I will say that I feel for you, in the situation with your friend. I know that, somehow, things will smooth out. you two are both fine people. it will be okay.

    be well, my friend.


  3. This is a beautiful area. I love to see the changes over the land as you travel. I know what it is like to take comfort in nature. She is a wonderful healer.


  4. The lodge itself looks so inviting and the area itself is so full of peaceful and healing energy. I have learned on my walks through the deep woods here in the Pacific Northwest when I was much younger that moose will generally leave us alone if we give them their space.
    The foothill range of the Bighorn Range are beautiful.


  5. one of my brothers worked for a round engine (airplanes) company in grey bull, WY. i found a medicine wheel, up in the mountains. i am so glad, that you got to offer prayers, there.


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