Through the Plains

Trip Start Jul 24, 2007
Trip End Aug 24, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Utah
Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Today was a long driving day. We left Laramie, Wyoming and continued west across the Great Plains. This area of the country is one of our favorites. There are vast vistas, first of flat open lands with no trees. This changes to rolling hills, and then eventually, sagebrush and huge geographic features with colored rock, spires, caves, or other features.

We saw farms at first, which gave way to cattle farms and then open range. We saw several herds of pronghorn antelope and even some wild horses. Occasionally throughout, there were oil derricks or refineries. We came across the town of Sinclair, which had a huge refinery. We figure the Sinclair gas stations get their name from this town. For miles and miles along the highway there were sections of snow fencing. This fencing is sort of a grid. Rows of fencing are set up in overlapping sections.

We passed the Continental Divide at 7000 feet. We stopped briefly to drive through the towns of Rawlins and Rock Springs and saw their historic areas as well. These towns seemed a mix of old and new but had a feeling of being frozen in the past.

Continuing westward, we stopped again at Little America, a place we had stopped at the second day of our trip. While we were there we witnessed the beginnings of a passing thunderstorm. Dark skies, strong winds, lightning and thunder were very easy to see on this open landscape. The smell of rain filled the air. Sure enough, it began to pelt our car as soon as we re-entered the highway.

We passed Salt Lake City and the Great Salt Lake and retired tonight in Wendover, a small town at the border of Utah and Nevada.
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