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 road is closed and the snow fences didn’t work. The Madonna sitting out in a field with absolutely nothing around it. 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!
Our Great American Road Trip of 2010 started with us flying into Rapid City, SD on Monday, Aug 23rd. We picked up the rental car and headed to Mount Rushmore. It was a wonderful sunny day with mild temps. Before we arrived we could see the presidents off in the distance. WHY THESE FOUR PRESIDENTS? George Washington, (1st president) led the early colonists in the American Revolutionary War to win independence from Great Britain. He was the father of the new country and laid the foundation of American democracy. Because of his importance, Washington is the most prominent figure on the mountain. Thomas Jefferson, (3rd president) he was the author of the Declaration of Independence, a document which inspires democracies around the world. He also purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803 which doubled the size of our country, adding all or part of fifteen present-day states. Theodore Roosevelt, …