1/21/13

Wild West Road Trip: On the Road Again

Well, we made it to our final westward destination, Grand Teton National Park, so it was time to head east again.  I had a few things planned for the trip home, but mostly it was just going to be a LONG drive.  You can imagine with traveling over 3000 miles total, we made lots of pit stops.  I was always happy to come across something other than a dirty bathroom and vending machines.  Somewhere between Laramie and Cheyenne, Wyoming our pit stop was a very pleasant surprise.  We were traveling along  I-80, also known as the Lincoln Highway.  Hence the monument dedicated to him at the rest area.  The rest area itself was like a tiny little museum.  Great place to stretch your legs and learn something at the same time.
Think it would be cool to travel all 3,389 miles of the Lincoln Highway from Times Square to the Golden Gate Bridge.  But I would like to be in a motorhome or limo or something better than a car...and a driver would be nice too! :)
Looking at this map, I realized we had really covered the state of Wyoming.  We came into the state in the north east, traveled all the way across to Yellowstone, then all the way south to I-80 and now we are about to leave out of the south east.  What a gorgeous state!

As we got back on the road, we kept seeing tons of these fences that didn't or couldn't contain anything.  They were sometimes just in a line in the middle of the field.  Thank goodness for my smart phone.  I did some research and discovered they were snow fences.  Apparently, the massive amounts of snow will blow on the highway and make travel impossible.  So they build these fences to hold the snow in place.  Interesting...


As you probably read or saw in the news, there were a lot of fires in this area over the summer.  Luckily it didn't effect us too bad during the trip.  One night we could smell the smoke and see it hovering over the area, but nothing that changed our plans.  My heart goes out to the people who had life changing things happen to them because of the fires.  We were thinking about them as we drove home because we could see the smoke in the distance.  Hopefully as I write this, they are back in nice warm homes this winter.


Have you ever had something unexpected happen on a trip that completely changed your plans?

We actually had an event like that on this Wild West Road Trip.  We were traveling in the Badlands when our car went nuts on us.  We missed seeing 3/4 of the park and a few other things because it took a whole day to get things worked out.

This post is linked to Travel Photo Monday

2 comments:

  1. I have enjoyed reading back through your Wild West posts. I do a travel round-up for a blogging community, BritMums. I will include you in my next round up in February - you can be an honorary Brit for the occasion!

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    1. Wow, Trish, I would be honored! Thanks so much!

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