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A Trip Through Bighorn

Buffalo Bill Georgie reporting...

sunny 65 °F
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We left Sheridan early in the morning and took highway 14 towards Cody, our stop for the night. This takes us through some of the most incredible country I've seen on our trip. Quickly we enter Bighorn National Forest.
Per Wikipedia "Bighorn National Forest is located in northern Wyoming, United States and consists of over 1.1 million acres (4,500 kmĀ²). Created as a US Forest Reserve in 1897, it is one of the oldest government-protected forest lands in the U.S. The forest is well east of the continental divide and extends from the Montana border for a distance of 80 miles (130 km) along the spine of the Big Horn Mountains, an outlying mountain range separated from the rest of the Rocky Mountains by Bighorn Basin."

It was a beautiful day and very little traffic perhaps because everyone was returning to their regular lives and schools. But the thing most striking about driving through Bighorn is how pristine and natural everything looks. There is very little evidence of residential or commercial impact anywhere in this beautiful mountain park. The roads were excellent too. I'd guess they weren't older than five years or so.

We didn't know anything about the forest except we that we had to drive through it to get to Cody and then Yellowstone. But now this forest is perhaps one of my favorite places to drive through, filled with incredible visual splendor and glorious light and nature. There was a family of moose just off the road and we also stopped at Shell Falls and took in the breathtaking scenery. Here are some pics to entice you to come here some day.
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After a long day, we enjoyed some Chinese food and watched the sunset in Cody.
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Posted by woa 20:30 Archived in USA

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