Spring is exceedingly close to springing, Johnson County! We at Herd and Scene love nature, minus the occasional natural disaster or backhanded snowstorm, and as such we’ve compiled a list of outdoor activities (some of dubious legality)
you can do without much travel or hassle.
Communing with the outdoors is a wonderful way to gain perspective on one’s own life. Great poets, authors, and artists have divorced themselves if only briefly from modernity to check the pulse of mother nature and gain inspiration from her splendor. Occasional cult leaders have done the same, but you take the good with the bad. Johnson County offers a wide and beautiful array of hiking opportunities, such as Ten Sleep, Bighorn National Forest, Cloud Peak Wilderness, and many others. So,what are you waiting for? Get out there! But not yet. First, readthe rest of the article.
The wonderful thing about swimming in a landlocked state is the pronounced lack of monsters. You may have to contend with a wily bass or a curious bear now and then, but the prehistoric lumps of skin, teeth and hatred that are sharks are well outside of chomping distance. Tie Hack Reservoir offers such a privilege among mountain biking, hiking and camping. If the general natural-ness of nature doesn’t appeal to you, Buffalo also has the largest outdoor pool in Wyoming, and what may very well be the largest free outdoor pool in the world. Lake DeSmet is also a jewel of our county and provides many paths to watery recreation, including but not limited to: boating,water skiing, exhibitionist water-based chess, swimming and tubing.
This one requires a bit of a self-starter spirit, but you can jump up and down practically anywhere! Do it outside, in the forest, up in the trees, next to a beaver! The possibilities are endless!
When humankind first figured out how to walk, they thought, “Oh, no I don’t like that. Let’s make that easier.” Some time later, the bicycle was invented and our species has never been the same. Johnson County offers many trails for biking of all kinds from mountain, to road, to leisure.
Have you ever looked at the placid, calming veneer of calm water and thought, “Boy, I really wanna kill whatever’s in there”? If so, then fishing may be for you! It combines all the fun of standing with the occasional promise of hooking something by the mouth. If you have a grudge against the mouth-breathers just beneath the surface, fishing spots can be found at Lake DeSmet, Healy Reservoir, or any of JC’s numerous creeks. Ample fishing may not, however, be found at the Buffalo Pool. If you do want to take that chance, we suggest a very big net and a believable alibi.