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... yellow clay rocks, to painted desert style red hills, to gypsum white cliffs! The Big Horn Basin is a very beautiful place.
I purposely chose to avoid going through Yellowstone Park, I have already been there and I knew the traffic would be a nightmare.
A little known fact about the Park is; that all of the geo thermal energy comes from a 'Super Volcano' under the area that measures 55 x 72 km. ...
... t make the trek. Another interesting bit about this location is the owner of the ranch where the fossils were found. He was an Army scout, a homesteader, and was highly regarded by several Native American tribes, Lakota being one if them, including Red Cloud. He received many gifts from the natives, which were on display. Our second stop was Scott's Bluff, which is a somewhat unique land formation along the Oregon Trail. It was the first ...
... and there has been rain the normally barren landscape was green and full of yellow wild flowers. We stopped at the Ghost town of Scenic which recently sold for 750K the whole town. Not sure what will become of it.
The ride onto Scotts Bluff was across open plains and accompanied by howling winds.
... which we will visit tomorrow. Chimney Rock is one of those unique "rock" formations (it's actually sand) that looks like a chimney. Apparently over the years folks have compared it's shape to several other things, including buildings (Washington Monument, for instance); the most comical comparison though, is an elk penis! Our stop at Chimney Rock was pretty quick. It officially is a National Historical Site, but it is run by ...
... The North Platte River was critical to the pioneers as they went West. The Mormons traveled west on the north side of the river and wound up in Utah. Others traveled on the south side and wound up in California. There were many places we might have stopped but we chose the two rock formations that were landmarks for the Pioneers.