Wide-open Wyoming

Wyoming ranks 50th in the United States in total population (only 530,000 statewide). You can see and believe that when you travel through it. Lots of land, open spaces and clean, fresh air………………..

As we left South Dakota and entered Wyoming we were welcomed by the Big Horn Mountains. They are amazing. We even passed several geological formations that were identified as dating back to the Pre-Cambrian era (2.3-3 billion years ago). WOW! As we journeyed we saw our first ever snow in July. Of course the boys had to play – flip flops and snow. What a combination!

We settled for a few nights in Cody, Wyoming. Our view and hotel were nice. We visited the Sierra Trading Post and The Buffalo Bill Historical Center. We even found Beck Avenue.

A highlight was eating at the Wyoming Rib & Chop House. The food was scrumptious. We smiled at the LSU mints, Mardi Gras beads and fleur-de-lis sprinkled throughout. The owner is from Baton Rouge and went to LSU. You never know where the SEC will pop up!

The next stop was Yellowstone.

Day 1 – We were greeted by snow, beautiful wildflowers and the largest mountain lake in North America. Lake Yellowstone is beautiful. Once again, pictures can’t do it justice. We enjoyed a hike that bordered the lake. We also met some new friends. Aren’t they cute?

Day 2 – We did a 5 mile round-trip hike to Natural Bridge. We also moved to the main geyser area in Yellowstone.  Old Faithful “performed” on schedule. It spews 4,000-8,000 gallons of water each time it erupts. The other geysers were often colorful. We all visited the Yellowstone Natural Spa and received free sulfur facials (the smell was not the best).

Day 3 – It is refreshing in multiple ways to say you are “chilly” in July. Our biggest adventure of the day was to hike to Artist Point. These pictures can’t capture the force and beauty of the waterfall. It truly was awe-inspiring!

Yellowstone was founded in 1872 by an act of congress. We are all blessed by the foresight of our ancestors!