Driving Through a Snowstorm in Wyoming – Road Trip, Day 6 Ep.12

Lex and Neek sez:

When we left Gillette, Wyoming on our way back to Midvale, Utah, there was already a heavy amount of rain coming down, worse than the day before when rain prevented us from seeing Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse.  We had seen a TV news report that morning in our motel that a heavy snowstorm was coming to Wyoming and that the roads in and out of Casper, Wyoming would be closed starting at 3pm.  Our hope was that if we could make it past Casper by noon, we would miss the snowstorm.

It was nowhere near winter as far as the calendar was concerned, but this late May storm was about to rock our world, and not in a good way!  We did drive through the pouring rain fast enough to reach Casper by 11am.  We stopped at a local gas station and as we pulled in, we saw a temperature reading of 35 degrees Fahrenheit.  The rain had let up a little bit, so we thought since we were heading south that things might warm up.

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Close Encounters at Devils Tower National Monument – Road Trip Day 3 Ep.3

Lex sez:

We left Gillette, Wyoming early in the morning after a quick breakfast and headed out on the Interstate 90 heading east.  There was a bit of cloudiness when we first started out, but once we headed up Highway 14 the horizon began to clear.  Then we turned on Highway 24 and the sight we were waiting for appeared.

Seeing Devils Tower on the horizon is amazing.  Neek, Sar and I pulled over once we saw a turn-out and got out to get a better view.  Continue reading

Road Trip Utah to Wyoming – Day 2 Ep.2

Lex sez:

Neek, Sar and I woke up early in our hotel room in Midvale, Utah. It was 5:30am and I felt groggy after the long journey the day before, and strangely hungry. Fortunately the hotel breakfast room opened at 6am and they had waffles, which all three of us loved. We packed the car, checked out, and hit the open road again!

Driving on the Interstate 80 heading east, we drove through Park City, Utah. As we passed through, we were surprised to see hot air balloons flying over the former site of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Continue reading

Fountain Paint Pot and Minerva Terrace – Changing Landscapes

Lex sez about Fountain Paint Pot:

After leaving Old Faithful Inn, we drove almost nine miles to our next destination, the Fountain Paint Pot.  It seemed like hundreds of bubbles were popping every second.  But I didn’t think it was nearly as loud as the fumaroles next to it.  I thought I was used to the smell of sulfur by then, but it was even more intense here than at Old Faithful.

There was a trail that we followed in the area allowing us to see other geysers.The clouds overhead had grown thicker, which really created a mystical atmosphere complementing the steaming geysers.  Neek and I got back in our car and drove off as the rain started to Continue reading

Old Faithful Visitor Center and Upper Geyser Basin

Lex sez:

The terrain around the Old Faithful Inn has so much more than just the Old Faithful geyser.  The Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone is a geothermal area with the highest concentration of geysers in the world!  Before checking that out, Neek and I walked over to the Old Faithful Visitor Educational Center.  There were a lot of colorful and informative displays on the many natural wonders at Yellowstone and a gift shop with a lot of great books I enjoyed browsing.  They even had a short film presentation, but unfortunately Neek and I were too pressed for time to watch it: we had hiking to do!

We decided the best way to cover the most sights was to split up.  Neek set out on a more direct path while mine was a little more curvy.  Both of us tried to see as many geysers as we could on our way to the same destination: Morning Glory Pool. Continue reading

Old Faithful Inn and Geyser – There she blows!

Neek sez:

After traveling through a lot of two lane roadway (not always evenly paved) at Yellowstone Park and encountering traffic (a few crazy people getting out their cars and getting dangerously close to some bison to take pictures), we arrived at the Old Faithful Inn in the Upper Geyser Basin.

The main building of the Old Faithful Inn was designed by Robert Reamer and built first during 1903 to 1904.  It was to replace the Upper Geyser Basin Hotel which had burned down.

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