WYOMING to MONTANA
Aug. 31-Sep. 1 2010
Background: This is west on US 14/16/20 in Wyoming's Shoshone Canyon. US 20 is the longest of the trio, running from Newport, OR, all the way to Boston, MA. This appears to be inside the first of 3 tunnels in the area - with the second tunnel up ahead.
This is probably the third of the 3 tunnels.
The road emerges here near Buffalo Bill Dam.
This is Buffalo Bill Reservoir, which was formed from the Shoshone River at Buffalo Bill Dam. Construction of the historic dam began in 1905; it was completed in 1910. It was named for Wild West figure William Cody, who founded the nearby town of Cody. At 325 feet, the dam was once the highest in the world.
Continuing along Buffalo Bill Reservoir.
Fog envelops the reservoir and road.
Ascending US 14/16/20.
Rain! Lots of it!
I'm not sure what that pointy mountain is. But it looks nifty, so it's on this website.
I don't know exactly where we enter Yellowstone National Park, but the road drops its US 14/16/20 name through the park. US 14 and 16 end at the park line; the park forms a gap in US 20.
Another formation that makes this road so special. See, folks, I would have been denied the chance to bring you these photos if I couldn't go on this trip.
Clouds and rain greet us near the entrance to this beautiful park.
We're probably in Yellowstone National Park by now. Hey, we're payin' for it with our tax dollars, so we might as well enjoy it! It's not just for the privileged, ya know. Yellowstone was the first national park ever established by any country, and much of it consists of subalpine forest. Although the park dips into Montana and Idaho, 96% of its area is in Wyoming. The park is larger than several states.
This photo was taken in August, believe it or not.
Yes, Yellowstone has snow in August in areas accessible to the general public. (Not General Public, but the general public.)
Danger! Danger! Gum Fighter story ahead! (As a wise man used to say.)
This could just as easily be in suburban Cincinnati in January.
Of course, if this was suburban Cincinnati in January, I usually had to go to school in it.
Brings back memories of taking the Horizon to school in a snowstorm, doesn't it?
This might be Sylvan Lake.
Although I didn't encounter any major road work in Yellowstone, the official map told us to "check the park newspaper" for delays. A regular Kentucky Post, huh?
Sharp, sharp curve here.
A sign at a pull-off said this bird is a magpie - one of hundreds of bird species found within the park.
One of the prizes of the park visit is Yellowstone Lake. The lake is larger than some whole counties in Kentucky. It also has one of the highest elevations of any lakes in the world. Remember also that this lake sits atop a volcano that is still considered active. This volcano is what forms much of the park today. A sign says this view of the lake is looking across 30 miles of water.
Another Yellowstone Lake view.
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