This video was made on our last day in South Dakota. Will have more postings in the coming days.                                                   http://youtu.be/u-z9s–K7PU
We checked into the Holiday Inn Express in Casper Wyoming and asked for a recommendation for dinner. Sanford’s Grub & Pub was just across the way so off we went. Sanford’s Short Story “Once upon a college exam, a few guys got together drinking beer, eating food and watching reruns on the boob-tube and began thinking of what the heck they were going to do with the rest of their lives. So, realizing what they do best – which is drinking beer, eating food, and watching T.V. – they decided to open a place called Sanford’s. Now the only thing that stood in their way was designing the décor – it ended up being the easiest job, however. After a few garage sales, digging through basements and a couple of junk yards, Sanford’s Grub & Pub was born. So what the heck, we learn something in school!” The building was …
As we left the rain and hail behind we arrived in Dubois. It was a neat town with rustic log buildings lining the street. Dubois is located between the Absaroka and Wind River mountain ranges. The valley was carved out by the Wind River and was travelled by Native Americans, explorers and adventurers. We stopped by the local Dairy Queen for a lunch of ice cream. We were now in the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. It is one of the largest reservations in the USA. As the road unfolded before us, we were amazed by the Painted Hills also known as the badlands. The term badlands was from the land being so rough from the sandstone and conglomerate that you can’t ride through. The reds, pinks, browns, blacks, greys, yellows and purples form a colorful landscape. To take a better look at the photos, click once or twice …
This morning we had breakfast at Jackson Lodge. It was a wonderful buffet with a very large fresh fruit tray. There was also the usual breakfast fare plus HUGE waffles and tiny waffles. Everyone said if you got a small waffle you would come back for another one and they were sooo right! The Teton mountains were covered with clouds and fog.  As we left the lodge to start our trip across the mountain through the scenic Togwotee pass, it started to rain. It turned out to be a memorable off road trip. The road, which traverses the continental divide, was undergoing some MAJOR construction – they tore up all the pavement! By now it was raining hard and the road turned into a slick mud pit with ruts. There was a lead truck taking us through the construction which lasted for miles and miles, so it seemed. The sign …
On the first morning of our Great American Road Trip 2010 as we entered Yellowstone National Park, this buffalo was walking down the road. He was walking down his side of the road. Don’t know where he was going or where he was coming from…… You can see towards the end how close he was to the car. More to come . . . . . . .
This morning we left Sturgis, South Dakota heading to Cody, Wyoming we saw many thing along the way.  There was road construction……. a skeleton seat cover…a terrible lunch @ Country Kitchen                road signs telling you to return to the city you just left when flashing meaning that ……     ….the snow fences didn’t work.The Madonna sitting out in a field with absolutely nothing around and…….the full moon when we left Adriano’s Italian Restaurant. A perfect ending for a perfect day.
Gypsum Springs Formation is located in the Williston Basin. Gypsum is an evaporate mineral formed as a precipitate on the floor of shallow sulfate-rich lakes or tidal pools. Most commercial gypsum is a massive, white, finely crystalline rock, but large clear crystals of gypsum are often found on the surface where coals rich in pyrite are weathering. The crystals were bright and shiny in the sunlight. Small quarries and plants, which satisfy local demands for gypsum products, have operated intermittently in Wyoming since 1890. The primary use for gypsum is in the manufacture of sheet rock wallboard. Two plants in the Bighorn Basin of northwest Wyoming mine gypsum and process it into wallboard at nearby plants.
Shell Waterfalls is located in the Big Horn National Forest. We had stopped at a rest stop and discovered the falls….we don’t remember it being marked on the highway but was glad we didn’t miss it.
As we travel out of Devils Tower Nation Park we saw the red sandstone and siltstone cliffs over the Belle Fourche River. During our travels we realized that picture wouldn’t do justice to the massive views we were seeing.
Devils Tower was proclaimed the first national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. Devils Tower is also known as Bears Lodge, it is a sacred site for many American Indians. As we approached this it how the Tower looked, just a tiny dot in the distance. As we got closer the tiny dot became bigger. The Tower continued to get bigger until we finally arrived at the monument. When we started REALLY looking at the Tower we found some climbers. Can you find them in the picture below? They are about half way up and just right of center. A close up of the Climbers – guess they’re not afraid of heights!
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