In an earlier article titled What I Learned on My Vacation to the Real America, I wrote a little of what I learned about freedom during my two week vacation to Wyoming. I drove from San Francisco up to Nevada, over to Utah, up to Wyoming then over to Idaho before returning to the Golden State via Nevada. Over two weeks I traveled 3,000 miles in my Volkswagen Bus which, I might add, performed flawlessly during the entire trip.
Who said older cars aren’t reliable?
It was a wonderful vacation and I was bowled over by the beauty of Yellowstone.
Wyoming is a remarkable state in its own right and holds the distinction of having a number of “firsts” in America:
- First Business West of the Missouri River
- First Women to Vote
- First Woman Justice of the Peace
- First All Woman Jury
- First Woman Bailiff
- First National Park
- First State to Have a County Public Library System
- First National Forest
- First Woman Statewide Elected Official
- First National Monument
- First Town in America to be Governed Entirely by Women
- First Woman Governor in the U.S.
- First Artificially Lit Evening Football Game
Did I mention that Wyoming is also ranked as the most Conservative state in America?
During my visit to the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis (also home to the largest natural hot springs in the world) I learned that the only Archaeopteryx on display in the Western Hemisphere may be found there. The Archaeopteryx is believed to be the first bird.
While I was in Wyoming I saw two Bald Eagles (one mature, one not) as well as tons of wildlife. I enjoyed some world class meals and excellent hospitality. I am planning on visiting Wyoming again next year and would encourage everybody to visit this wonderful state with its awesome natural beauty and friendly people.
Today, I can share a few photos of my journey. Most are of Wyoming with a few of Utah’s Great Salt Lake and Idaho’s Craters of the Moon National Park. Click on images for a larger view: