Originally Posted by BogusBlake
My brother lives near there and backpacks that area frequently. Its on my list...
When I was a kid, I used to ride my 10-speed bicycle from Evanston up into the Uintas. I would chain lock my bike to a tree and then backpack into the Uinta Wilderness Area to camp and fish for a couple of days. It was great back then. But now I look back and realize how dangerous that was since no one ever knew which trail I might take. I never knew until I got there.
I also used to explore alone inside the abandoned Almy coal mines near Evanston when I was a kid. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almy,_Wyoming
) Again, I'd ride my bike the six miles out of town, chain it to a fence post, and then explore any of the 30 or more open mine tunnels. Inside I would find mine cars, lanterns, tools, empty boxes, and all sorts of treasures. I explored those mines many times over several years. And each time I did, I was alone and no one knew which tunnel I had entered. Sometimes I would go back many thousands of feet through various branches of the tunnels.
I guess kids were more durable back then because no one ever seemed to worry about me. And, of course, I never worried about getting hurt. And I survived! I wonder if we really need to be as protective of our kids today as some seem to think? But we do live in a different world!