Wyoming & Yellowstone

“Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam, where the deer and the antelope play.” Home on the RangeDavid W. Guion

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Out of Montana and into Wyoming where the view continues to be pleasing to the eye I have found yet another love. The smell of the air and the view of the worn-out highway guides the travelers heart and makes memories. Gazing at what God created produces an outlet for deep thinking. I am in love again. Can there be two loves? Must I only choose one? No. That’s the beauty of this land. I could essentially love it all equally. Though I find my heart has fallen deeply into an unconditional love with both Montana and Wyoming. I thought I loved the east, and I do. It has a special place in my heart as it’s the most familiar. Though, when I look at what these mountains are telling me and what this earth really has to offer, I find myself drawn and wanting to be a part of this western US.

What I immediately found interesting about Wyoming is that they have a small population of people occupying it.  According to the US Census Bureau, Wyoming’s population is only 597,315 as where North Carolina has a population of 10,273,419 *this estimate is from 2017 but in 2015 when we visited these places it was a little lower* I thought it was an interesting fact myself and also an appealing one 😉

We didn’t spend a lot of time in Yellowstone. We were only able to visit one spot of the park which were the geysers.

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And, unfortunately at the time they weren’t really erupting. Nothing was really happening except for the disgusting fact that everything smelled terribly like sulfur…eww.

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Cool though it may be, the wreaking of sulfur was not all that emitted from these geysers; to me it also smelled of eggs…just not a good combination of smells. There were also hundreds of tourists walking around (including ourselves).

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This picture doesn’t testify to the many tourists. On the other side of this boardwalk were around 200 of them crammed around these geysers. Between the stench, the people and the heat we were ready to go. *Apparently that lady walking away from the crowd felt the same way LOL*

This may have been a not-so-great experience however, exiting the park I saw the most fantastic site. My eyes went wide, my heart pounded quickly and I could feel a knot forming in my throat as I gazed on a herd of BUFFALO grazing in the wide open space.

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Many people stopped along the side of the road to see this.

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It was like I had stepped into a dream or a movie. I was reminded of the movie “Dances With Wolves” back in the early 90’s. Watching them graze and move around felt personal, like I was the only one there watching them. How amazing to view an animal that once was so numerous you would have never known how many there were, now there are not quite so many. So, seeing this for me was emotional and I was quite blessed to have seen and taken part in that moment. I will never forget this image till the day I die. Wow!

 

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