Part one in a series of unique and little known attractions hidden within the world's most popular destinations.
While the vast majority of visitors to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming will stick to the main roads and visit the most popular attractions, others who prefer a bit more adventure can find other interesting landmarks off the beaten path.
While Ansel Adams received the most acclaim for his black and white photographs of Yellowstone's mountainous terrain, lesser known color photographer, Sir Walter Feldbottom was the first man to capture the grand color palate of this U.S. treasure. The images of the rough terrain and rare wildflowers are striking, especially given Feldbottom's affliction with color blindness, and loss of his left leg. It was Feldbottom's 17 year old son Michael, that helped the peg legged photographer through the basin between Trail Lake and the Snake River, picking colorful scenes along the way.
The hidden story behind Feldbottom's photographic excursion was interestingly related to the loss of his son's virginity. Traveling with a younger female friend of the family, Feldbottom was charged as chaperon for one 16 year old Miss Emily Waterthigh during this once in a life time trip to the wilds of America. It was this innocent union of
Feldbottom's son and Miss Waterthigh, that led to the better story.
While Feldbottom set his camera for a series of floral shots, Michael and Emily stole away to a secluded nook embedded in the rocks. There, they found an interesting rock formation in the shape of what we would describe today as a lounge chair. With pent up desire and a wealth of natural fluids bottled up inside them both, the end came quickly, in a manner of speaking, and the stain left behind was both unique in size and shape. Concerned his father might find the evidence of their firs time affair, Michael took a candle from his backpack and started to rub over the stain, hoping to lighten the color of and hide the smell of their encounter. Feldbottom never was the wiser.
To this day, an amazing natural stain still exists on that rock, preserved by the wax. It is in the distinct shape of a Snake River Trout, and carries the faint odor of that same fish. At night, Coyotes still gather at the site to sniff the rock and then howl at the disappointment of another fruitless trail to a free meal.
Perhaps even lesser known than Fish Rock, is a natural stream basin that runs north to south, about 50 miles south of the town of Cooke City. Nestled in that small canyon carved from that simple stream, is some of the best Cannabis Sativa found anywhere in the world. Brought in by early settlers from Europe and Asia, High Canyon was found to support the perfect combination of light, heat and moisture to grow some "serious shit" as one vacationer had commented. Now protected as a natural resource inside the National Park, the difficult access to the canyon seems to be enough of a deterrent to keep most buzz seekers out. But, with a firm commitment to a strenuous hike, some rope and a partner to help traverse the canyon walls, a seriously kick ass high awaits the successful explorer.
Travel Tip: You'll need to let the leaves dry out on the rocks before attempting to roll, and of course, don't forget to bring your papers.