Portrait of Wyoming

Posted on Oct 30 2010 - 1:00am by Harrison

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:

10 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. LD Jackson October 30, 2010 at 3:15 AM -

    Those are some wonderful pictures, Harrison. Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Can I borrow a couple for my Windows 7 desktop mix?
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  2. KP October 30, 2010 at 4:45 PM -

    Oh man, the bus ROCKS! We used to take one of those south from Santa Barbara and then San Diego on surfing trips to Mexico. What year is yours? Did you buy old and restore or find one restored? It’s clean! You know the driver is seldom in a hurry when he’s in a bus — he’s enjoying the journey — or he wouldn’t drive a bus. Perfect vacation vehicle.

    • Harrison October 30, 2010 at 4:51 PM -

      Thanks! It’s a 1971 that’s seemingly been in the restoration process forever.

  3. Matt October 30, 2010 at 7:19 PM -

    Cool trip, cool pictures.

  4. VH October 30, 2010 at 10:10 PM -

    Very nice pics!
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  5. Dean November 1, 2010 at 9:06 AM -

    Harrison, great pix.

    What was it about the culture of Wyoming for it to be first in so many gender equity issues?

    I’ll refrain from dubious commentary on women leveraging their relative scarcity for political gain.

    • Harrison November 1, 2010 at 9:13 AM -

      I’ve wondered about that myself. All I can come up with is that with Wyoming being so sparsely populated women had to assume a greater role in society than was true in other parts of the United States and, probably, their men weren’t around as much so they filled the vacuum.