Lindsay (dragonzuela) wrote,

Why, God, why?-oming

hills in WyomingDay 6
Miles travelled on I-80: 450
Ending trip meter reading for the day: 2822
States: Colorado, Wyoming, Utah

I don't really mean that subject line. Wyoming (where we spent most of our day) is remarkably beautiful in its own way. I'm just saying it makes Nebraska look like a booming metropolis. Oh, and we crossed the continental divide today :) Twice, apparently, because somehow it splits into two in southern Wyoming.

Most of Wyoming, especially the eastern part west of Cheyenne, was endless hills of brown grass and low scrub. There were a lot of fences, which confused me because most of the time we weren't seeing any cattle or anything else that looked like it needed a fence around it. Many of the exits led to dirt roads. Towards the western end of the state we started seeing some awesome rock formations.

Also toward the western end of the state is Little America, a town/rest stop/restaurant/hotel. To give you an idea of how sparsely populated the state is along I-80... we saw a ton of billboards for this one rest stop, starting at two hundred miles east of it, and I'm not exaggerating. There were other places to stop, but this was the only one that wasn't sketchy. As the billboards promised, they had soft serve cones for fifty cents. You bet I got one.

As I looked at the landscape I got to thinking about how difficult it would be to survive on it and how difficult it would be to move unseen. There would be plenty of grass seed to eat but one would have to search hard for water. It probably wouldn't be too hard to be disguised as a bush. Well, the harshness of the landscape is probably why there aren't too many people settled there.

We drove the rest of the way to Salt Lake City, and are tenting there. I'd never seen a campground right in a city before but uh, this is exactly what I'd expect one to be like. Hence the wireless.
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