More of Wyoming

Taking a break on the Beartooth Scenic Highway

Taking a break on the Beartooth Scenic Highway

Brenda left us on Monday. After staying one more night in our cool campsite, #309, we headed on down the road.  One of the highlights we wanted to hit while in the Yellowstone area was the Beartooth Scenic Highway.  Having heard so much about it  from fellow travelers and motorcycle enthusiasts, we wanted to do the loop on our motorcycles.  From our locations in the park, the ride was crazy long. We relocated to a town called Cody, making the loop a reasonable day ride.

Island Lake off the Beartoot Highway

Island Lake off the Beartooth Highway

Wednesday was the perfect day for the ride.  The skies were blue and the sun was shining.  The Beartooth didn’t disappoint, nor did the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway that we took to get there.  Although we had to fight some construction and slow traffic, the riding was great and the views were fantastic.  We particularly liked our stop at Island Lake.

We left Cody on Thursday September 3rd, our 21st anniversary.  Having trouble deciding on how to spend our last month on the road, we finally decided to head toward Rocky Mountain National Park in the Colorado Rockies (a National Park we wanted to see but didn’t think we could fit in). We have really enjoyed the Rocky mountans, from southern Colorado all the way up to Jasper/Banff in Canada, so we were hesitant to leave them behind. Since we weren’t in any rush, we stopped at a midway point between the two National Parks, a town called Lander, WY.  We weren’t sure what we would find there, but were pleasantly surprised. We spent our anniversary in town at the CowfishRestaurant and Brewery.  We enjoyed sampling the micro brews in the “pub” then had some great “grub” at the restaurant (so punny).

Kim ponders life in 1868

Kim ponders life in 1868

Just outside of Lander was Sinks Canyon State Park.  The park gets its name from the “sink”, where the Popo Agie river (pronounched po-po-shuh) disappears into a limestone cavern, reappearing 1/4 mile down the road in a pool called “The Rise”, where huge trout make their home. The ranger at the visitor center shared some hikes, motorcycle trails, and historic sites that we should visit.  We spent a good part of Friday morning and early afternoon exploring the South Pass City Historic Site.  This old mining town, establised in 1868, has been restored and maintained as an open air museum.

Chris inspects the mining machinery

Chris inspects the mining machinery

It was very interesting learning about the history of prospecting and mining. Of course Chris enjoyed checking out the tools of the trade.

Back to school time

Back to school time

The 30 or so buildings each demonstrated a particular aspect of life at that time.  Some interesting tidbits about Wyoming…It was the first state to allow women the right to vote and hold office. In 1870 Ester Morris (who lived in South Pass) became the first female judge, and in 1924 Wyoming appointed the first female governor.

They finally caught up with us...

We shoulda got those mudflaps in Texas.....

After getting a look inside the jailhouse, we were happy to be on the right side of the law.  The cells were about 4′ by 6′ with nothing in them, including windows.

Cascades along the Popo Agie river

Cascades along the Popo Agie river

Once we escaped from our short lived incarceration, we decided to check out the Popo Agie Falls back in Sinks Canyon State Park.  The 3 mile roundtrip hike was a good end to the day.  The cascades along the trail were almost more impressive than the falls.

Popo Agie Falls

Popo Agie Falls

Of course we had to take the official timer shot at the falls.
One of the easy trails in the national forest

One of the easy trails in the national forest

Saturday, Chris took advantage of the great BLM land and National Forest trails in the area while Kim caught up with friends and family. 

4 Responses to “More of Wyoming”

  1. David Moffitt says:

    I can’t believe your “excellent adventure” will be coming to an end so soon. You’ve sure covered some great territory and I continue to enjoy your photos and journal.
    I’ve been to Zion, North Rim and Bryce during the past week and visited Kodachrome Basin SP, Grosvenor Arch and the Willis Creek slot canyon today. Will head across Highway 12 toward Torrey tomorrow. There are just too many cool places to go. Will definitely come back to this area again.
    I’ll be passing through Marfa on my way home. Would you like me to send that nice state trooper your regards?

  2. David Moffitt says:

    Whoops! I also meant to wish you a happy 21st anniversary.

  3. brenda guild says:

    Hey how are you! I wish I was still with you both. I had sooooooooo much fun and ate well thanks to Kim and of course Chris and his great breakfast’s. See you soon love bren

    • admin says:

      Hi Bren,

      We miss you:) We had a blast when you were here too. Of course we continue to be BFF’s without you. Hope things are going well on the homefront. Say hi to the kids and Craig. You can start the countdown… Hard to believe it is almost over.

      Love ya and see you soon!

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