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Day 8

Travelling from rapid City, SD to Jackso Hole, WY

sunny 88 °F

Morning All.

Yesterday we travelled west on Rte. 90 heading towards the Yellowstone National Park. On the way we stopped at Devils Tower National Monument. What a grand view! The movie doesn't do this monument justice. In person it's a lot bigger and far more majestic. The colors are amazing. As you can see by the pictures there are tons of motorcycles all over the place. Even though the Sturgis bike rally is exciting (and i do want to ride my bike out to the rally) the motorcyclists take over everything. We are told that they will even be in Yellowstone in hordes.

Our drive consisted of crosssing the "Big Horn Mountains" on the Cloud Peak Skyway scenic Byway (Highway 16). This highway takes you from Buffalo to Tensleep, Wy (a distance of 46 miles) raising in elevation from 4100' to 9666'. It is a winding road that actually offers the easiest grade to climb. Diane wanted me to mention that the views were awesome. The varying landscapes from praire grasslands to hugh mountains and then back to rollling scrub brush made the drive a joy to behold. This country is full of such wonderful sights and there are more yet to come.

Last night we went out ot dinner and I enjoyed a "Buffalo" sirloin. Mmm, Mmm, good. Buffalo meat is very tender, lean and juicy. This is because Buffalo will only feed on grass unlike beef who will feed on corn and grain mixed with things that are suppose to be good for us. But when beef eats these things the meat becomes marbled with fat. The buffalo meat has little or no fat what-so-ever. So you get a great tasting hunk of meat. Wish we could get buffalo meat back in NY.

Today we will travel from Worland, Wy (where we stopped for the night) to Moran Jct, Wy, a distance of about 270 mile, where we will camp for the next week while visiting the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Jackson Hole. I am not sure if I will be able to get interent access, so this could be my last entry until next week. I hope not, I would like to continue posting the events of each day as they happen so that I remember everything.

Posted by rburke8 05:55 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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