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WY Trip Stats (7/08):


Counties visited: 7

Best county: Teton Co.

Last visited: 8/2007

Town visited most: Devils Tower

Places slept in: Black Hills NF (Cook Lake Campground)

Most impressive town: Jackson

Least impressive town: Bill

Biggest town: Cheyenne

Most scenic area: Grand Tetons

Most scenic spot: Rockefeller Pkwy, exiting Yellowstone NP near Jackson Lake

Highest Elevation: Continental divide in Yellowstone NP (8458 feet)

Three words: endless, furious, cowboy

State Animal: pronghorn

Best Food: chili in Chugwater was mediocre, so was food in Yellowstone

Road Trips: Cowboy Trip (7/2005), Ring of Fire (8/2007)


Neighboring States: MT, ND, CO, NE, ID, UT, SD


Major Passes: In 8/2005 crossed north to south from Gillette  to Cheyenne through the mountain-side prairie along WY-59 and I-25 corridors.


Heroes: Wyoming's heroes are the everyday cowboys who keep guard over the range. It is the home of the nation's best rodeos and more cattle guards than you can count.

First Contact: First crossed the border heading west through the Black Hills on I-90 at Bediah on 7/30/2005. Quickly exited the Interstate as the sun set before us. We rode into the thick forest of Wyoming's Black Hills. The pavement quickly gave way to dirt and the road became thick with foilage. First we saw deer in the road and further in we had to honk for cattle blocking the forest road. After eleven miles we came to a lakeside campground ringed by steep hills and begged to stay on a site under construction. The sun was down and we were out of food. You see, there is no going next door in Wyoming.

Crook Co. (7/2005)

Bediah. Black Hills NF. Its thick woods are heavily populated with deer and branded free-range cattle. I found the middle of the forest a strange place to be confronted with bulls and cows, but the locals did not. Left the forest after camping to the sound of cowboy poetry on the radio. Alva. Hulett. Devil's Tower NM. The most famous thing in Wyoming besides Old Faithful. This formidible dried up volcano core was said by the natives to be the result of godly salvation. The grooves running hundreds of feet up the side of the vertical walls are the scratch marks of a bear. This holy site is now soiled by climbers. It can be seen for miles. Carlile. In Wyoming one building can serve many functions, like in northern Ontario. A restaurant here was a convention hall, photo lab, newspaper stand, bookstore, and who knows what else.

Campbell Co. (8/2005)

Gillette. Wright. Thunder Basin NG. One hundred miles of seemingly untouched short-grass prairie on either side of WY-59 are home to numerous pronghorn. One's site is uninterrupted for countless miles. I never saw a more lonely site than this stretch of road in the basin.

Converse Co. (8/2005)

Bill. The railroad meets up with the road in this town in the middle of nowhere. Douglas.

Platte Co. (8/2005)

Chugwater. This rail-side town boasts of its chili and seemed a relaxing place to kick back. The chili is good enough, but pricey due to its high opinion of itself.

Laramie Co. (8/2005)

Cheyenne. Wanted to stop for Frontier Days rodeo, but a furious thunderstorm whipping by the road caused us to settle for rodeo by radio. (Not recommended.) The wind can be very powerful when there are no trees to slow it down and Jessica found driving down I-25 its own rodeo.

Park Co. (8/2007)

Coming. Soon.

Teton Co. (8/2007)

Coming. Soon.


Cowboy culture is very much a part of Wyoming. (2007)

Driving through the plains south of the Black Hills we ran into some fierce isolated storms like this. (2005)

The willow flats near Jackson Lake in Teton National Park are home to bears and moose. (2007)

The obligatory tourist photo of Old Faithful. (2007)

Hot springs near West Thumb in Yellowstone NP. (2007)


all photos (c) 2005-07 J. Bezold, all rights reserved