We had planned to travel through Yellowstone on our way home but weather reports indicate a rapid change to freezing temperatures and the possibility (or even likelihood) of snow. Without snow tires and having neglected to bring tire chains, we decided to postpone our plans to visit Yellowstone and instead take a more direct route to Idaho and hopefully warmer weather.
Traveling about five hundred miles through western Wyoming today, we encountered one magnificent view after another. We began driving this morning in Gillette, Wyoming, a heavily resource (as in coal) oriented city and followed Interstate-90 to Buffalo where we took state highways to Jackson, Wyoming and then crossed into Idaho. The travel included two mountain passes over nine thousand feet elevation. We were only a mile or so west of Buffalo when we saw the first of several herds of antelope.
Below is a selection of today’s photos.
Sign on the east side of Powder River Pass: Bighorn Dolomite. Ordovician. 435-500 million years (ago).
It would have been nice to spend more time in the places we passed through today but sometimes it takes more than one trip and the excitement we experienced today came from each new view. I thought a lot about my grandmother who traveled and took photographs even in the 1920s. I have seen her photos of Old Faithful and I wonder whether seeing the famous geyser for myself would give me any insights into what my grandmother might have thought having traveled by automobile to Yellowstone National Park so many decades ago.