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NE, WY & back to NE…a long day! Part II And…I forgot there is a little in & out of Colorado too!

Good morning everyone!  I think I have pretty much recovered from the current trip and am ready to once again go back in time to the rest of the I-90 Road Trip return homeward.  

When leaving Jackson, as noted in yesterdays post, I had a long list of things I wanted to see and a few things also came up along the way.  It was a very busy day before picking my hotel for the night and because my travels took me in and out of Nebraska, Wyoming & back into Nebraska what I posted won’t necessarily be in the order I saw it because my notes are missing.  

This stop was the Courthouse Rock & Jail Rock in Bridgeport, NE.  I had to look at both from  several angles to see any resemblance of a courthouse or jail but in the end I did kind of see the courthouse though the power of suggestions is…well, powerful!   

Next set of images is at Fort Laramie in WY. I’m not sure what I expected but this was less and more at the same time.  Less because I guess I thought there would be more here but more because I could almost feel and hear the history.  It was an eerie kind of feeling and I almost wished I could have worn a headset that will be reminding me of the stories about the time. 

Next up…Fort Platte in Laramie, WY...very close to the fort…. 

Then we have the Glendo Reserve in Laramie, WYit was a spot right along the highway..it caught my attention because it was so reflective of all that was around it…especially the sky!  

Ok kids…we still have not gotten through all of this days travels but because it took me 6 hours to get through today’s real life travels I once again need to call it a day without getting through all of October 28, 2018!  I think traveling is wonderful…but not on rainy days!  And today…in the real world of January 25, 2020 it was raining most of the day while I was trying to make my way back to MA…had to stop in Norwalk, CT…I will finish this October 28, 2018 story tomorrow morning! 

             ”People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” –Edmund Hillary

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Did you miss me? Did you think I forgot you? :-) NE, WY, NE…A busy day!

I am traveling and often, because I stay in Hilton Hotels (and they already know they have the worst internet in the world…) I was unable to get on the internet until right this minute…now…in Baltimore…which has nothing to do with my current blogging…but this young lady that works at The Pier 5 Hotel at the Inner Harbor Baltimore, MDShamekia…she is amazing…she got me online…she got me working again!  I just called her to let her know that I needed the spelling of her name so I could include her in my blog!!  Love you Shamekia!!! I had to pause what I was doing to go give her my card…if you are going to write about someone or include their photo they have to know where to go to read about themselves…right?  Love you Shamekia!  

Okay…so when I left Jackson I had a somewhat long list of places I wanted to visit…brought me in and out of states but I put a destination into Waze without really giving much though to the order of things!  And sometimes rGPS takes over and there is not telling where it is going to take me!  So…we are all over the place…posts of photos have to go in date order/alphabetical order…so we start with a startled herd…aren’t they beautiful!  

I drove through this quaint little town of Bridgeport, NE…I have to declare long trains…very long trains are the norm in the mid-west! 

Chimney Rock in Bayard, NE was one of my must do stops…I hope you enjoy it as much as I did…I understand now there is a Chimney Rock in quite a few states…I may need to make it a road trip to see them all!  🙂 

It’s late and October 28, 2018 was a busy day…I am going to have to pick it up again tomorrow…sorry!  I hope you have enjoyed the day so far and will come back to enjoy the travels!

     ” I’ll look back on this and smile because it was life and I decided to live it”                                                                                Author Unknown!

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Hanging out in Casper, WY

I took a down day but not a hang out in the hotel room down day….a quick breakfast at Eggington’s  and a drive around town down day.  There was not a lot in the area I wanted to see but I did have two places in mind…one I could not go to because a road was closed and hard as I tried to find another way in it did not happen!  

Eggington’s….highly recommended if you are in Casper and need a good hearty breakfast. 

Before driving to my now only destination for the day, I decided to drive around town.  It was a few days before Halloween and there were families walking around town in costume going from business to business trick or treating.  My town does this for kids a few days before Halloween so I got a little homesick knowing I was missing this at home but it was fun seeing kids in costume.  

What I did end up doing after driving around town was go to National Historic Trails Interpretive Center.  This place was amazing…the stories were amazing.  The film at the end (its at set times each day and they will come tell you when it is time) of my time there was excellent telling the tale of pioneers crossing the country.  I was here about 2.5-3 hours.   

It was a quiet day but interesting.  I am glad I came to the interpretive center.  Tomorrow is going to be an interesting day traveling in and out of 3 states as I make my way to my destination for the night.  Be sure to come back for the adventure!

           “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and focus on what could go right”

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Exploring Jackson WY & the surrounding area

Good morning everyone…time to head out on new adventures and explore some dazzling countryside.  One of the first stops was of course breakfast…I don’t like the “free” breakfast most hotels offer…powdered fake eggs, frozen, microwaved omelets, frozen potatoes that have been baked…you get my point.  Near the steakhouse I went to last night was a place that looked like a good option for breakfast and when I got there The Virginian parking lot was jam packed…always a good sign you are in for something good!  I was not disappointed and though the parking lot was jammed, I got a seat almost immediately! They did consider it lunch time but were still offering breakfast.  I bet even a sandwich would have been good here…highly recommended!   

I am leaving Jackson today and heading on to Casper, WY so I did a little drive around town before heading out…the arch…it’s antlers! 

Next up was a stop at the National Elk Refuge.  I didn’t see any elk but it was beautiful land and I had to stop.

A drive around Grand Teton National Park

Chapel of the Transfiguration….

Mormon Row & TA Moulton Barn Moose WY….

The tiny little town of Dubois, WY

Shoshone National Forest…

On the road from Jackson to Casper, WY….

A little WY wildlife…

Coming into Casper, WY at sunset…

Time to check into the Hilton Garden Inn Casper, WY and call it a night for the next tonight and tomorrow.   

Things to explore coming up…get a good night rest! 

                             “Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by.”

– Robert Frost

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Last day in Gardiner before I head for the Grand Tetons and Wyoming….including a geyser video!

It is going to be a very busy day with lots to see so I checked out of the hotel a little earlier than usual so I could go get breakfast…the Wonderland Cafe & Hotel was so good for dinner that I decided to try them for breakfast.  I REALLY wish I had stayed here!

Oops…this is supposed to come later in the post but I started with it…because don’t you start your day with breakfast?  And doesn’t it look good?

There was still a lot I wanted to see in Yellowstone though I did discover a few of the roads were closed so I had to adjust my plans a time or two.  I decided to divide up all I wanted to see in Yellowstone between today and heading for Wyoming tomorrow.  

One quick stop was Elk Creek.  The blue of the water and sky against the beautiful yellow grass of fall and green trees with the clouds reflecting in the water was stunning to look at!  

Palette Spring was another stop…it remind me of Hot Mammoth Springs though not quite as grand and it was awesome! What the steam does to the sky as it gathers, what it does to the ground as it bubbles and flows out is like nothing else…and the beautiful thing?  You could look at all of my pictures that were taken in October 2018 and go visit the same areas today and it would not look the same…it changes every day.  

And of course no drive through the area is complete with out having to stop in the middle of the road for bison crossing!  Fortunately, as you can see from the pictures…no traffic jams waiting for them to get off the road!

Shoshone Point & Shoshone Lake

West Thumb and Yellowstone Lake

Rainy Lake…

And last but not least for the day…Udine Falls

I headed out this morning with the intention of seeing a few of the final spots in Yellowstone I could get access to and really wanted to see.  I had set my destination as Jackson aka Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  This allowed me to see the sites I wanted to in Yellowstone as well as get a feel for the Grand Tetons National Park.  I will do more exploring of the Grand Tetons National Park tomorrow but I knew I would be going through the park to get to Jackson.  Not a long drive from Yellowstone to Jackson but a lot to see in between! 

Fountain Paint Pot/Clepsydra Geyser was one of the spots I stopped at and it is astonishing!  Be sure not to step off the boardwalk!  

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Another stop…Golden Gate with falls…note THE Golden Gate…though a stunning feat of man this Golden Gate is a stunning feat of man and nature!  

A quick stop at Keplar Cascades

 

And then I enter the Grand Tetons National Park…not a lot of pictures taken today though I stopped often on the road just to enjoy the beauty…you know…stopping to smell the roses!  I know I have said it before but it bears repeating…Stunning!  

Below are images of everything in between Gardiner and Jackson that has not already been posted…including Old Faithful.