Friday, July 22, 2011

Our Drive to Cody, Wyoming

Well, silly us!! We thought all of Wyoming looked the same but, boy, were we wrong!! Our drive to Cody took us over the Bighorn Mountains and the scenery was gorgeous.  After a short drive on I90, we passed through farm and ranch country with green pastures and fields. Then we started up the mountain. The climb had to have been 8-10% grade all the way to the top with no relief!! After starting up the mountain our speed dropped to 25MPH and stayed there until we got to the top. The climb had to have been 8-10 miles long with switchbacks up the side of the mountain. We went up to around 8900 feet altitude so our truck had to work very hard to get to the top, but she made it!! She got a rest when we started back down..... We also saw snow still on the mountain tops.

We did see one interesting thing during the drive that did not have anything to do with the Wyoming scenery. We saw our first "back pack" for a car!! An SUV had a back pack style luggage carrier strapped onto the luggage rack and hanging down over the rear window. And it was loaded (full).

The top of the mountain was several miles of open meadow/pasture land (free range) where we saw a very large flock of sheep and several cows just meandering across the road.

On the way down the mountain, we stopped at Shell Falls for some pictures. Shell Creek has carved a path through the rocky terrain and it now looks like a small canyon surrounds it. It is amazing to see so many different types of scenery in such a short drive. Our pictures will help explain.

The rest of the drive was just barren and desolate countryside (and it was a little boring).

We arrived at Absaroka Bay RV Park at 1:00PM. This is a fairly nice park with paved interior roads and pull through sites. And they have free WiFi (which is always nice). After setting up, we chill-axed for the rest of the day.

Climbing up the mountain
Snow in July
 Beautiful scenery
Shell Falls
 More Shell Falls
 No idea what this rock is ??
The barren countryside
 They own the road!!

Please click on the picture below to see all of our photos from today.

July 22, 2011

1 comment:

  1. Great photos... glad you made the climb up the mountain with no problems. Some of them make you say ~ I know I can, I know I can. LOL
    Have fun & Travel safe