In the morning, I reloaded the large red Coleman cooler that my husband has had for over 40 years. Not only does it keep things cool, it makes a wonderful seat and attracts hummingbirds, who love anything red. The smaller cooler, my tech backpack, and small suitcase follow and I’m on the road again.

The dawn fog is beautiful, followed by a beautiful sunrise behind me (but nowhere to safely stop for a photo), putting a smile on my face as I set the cruise control at 85 mph, 5 mph over the speed limit.

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Here’s my first sight of the Badlands off to the south.  I’m very careful when I take photos while driving, so you don’t have to worry.  Just relax and enjoy the view.

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The history of the Black Hills is inextricably woven with that of the Indians.  I use the word “Indians” as I’ve read that many Indians prefer that to “Native Americans.”  There are many beautiful places here and each August, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is held, attended by cyclists of all ages, from all over the US and other countries, making it difficult to find a place to stay for hundreds of miles.

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My favorite sign of the entire trip!  Sorry that it’s so out-of-focus.

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I haven’t made this trip in spring for several decades, usually coming in August when it’s drier.  There’s green everywhere and it’s absolutely gorgeous.

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After a stop in Gillette for gas, it’s on the road and soon the Bighorns are in sight, although this view is closer to Buffalo than Gillette.  Because of all the rain, there’s a lot of snow on the peaks this year, water for the summer.  It’s a sight that fills my heart.

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Once in Sheridan, I stop at the library, then head for the airport to pick up our daughter and her fiancé.  Grocery shopping is next, then the drive to and up the mountain.  After a lot of work opening the cabin, we have some pizza and I can finally sit on the porch, enjoying one of my favorite views.  Pull up a chair, relax, and listen to the quiet!

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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”
~John Muir, Our National Parks

Comments
  1. Love that John Muir quote. Loved your entire post!

  2. Love your post & photos. Thanks for sharing 😍

  3. StillWalks says:

    What a beautiful journey – and destination!

  4. Hammad Rais says:

    That highway!
    I would absolutely love to drive on that 🙂

  5. Dan Antion says:

    Thank yo for sharing the beauty of this trip and the wilderness in which you recharge, Janet. I love the quote by John Muir. I guess I’ve been following you for a while, because I did think this trip was earlier than usual.

  6. Su Leslie says:

    Beautiful journey Janet. And that John Muir quote is spot on!

  7. Ah, the wide open road… I can practically smell the fresh air, full of possibilities, right now.

  8. marianallen says:

    So beautiful! I’ve gotta get back out west before I kick the bucket!

  9. gwennym says:

    Fab post! I’m like the queen of photos-while-driving …. my blog avatar is one! Heck, if a gal solo travels, who ELSE is gonna take the pics?! Glad I’m not the only one. BTW, Wyoming is definitely on my travel bucket list.

    • As I mentioned, I take great care, not taking both hands off the wheel and not while there are other vehicles around. There just aren’t many safe places to stop along the highway and where the rest areas are, there often aren’t any good photos to be found. 🙂 Wyoming is a great place. If you get around to going, let me know and I’ll share the places I like.

      janet

  10. JT Twissel says:

    The sight of snow capped mountains this time of year is a joy for anyone living someplace with frequent water issues! I feel the same way about the Sierra Nevadas.

  11. It’s so green! It’s already gold, and dry here. Loved the images, and your narrative, and that quote. I agree whole heartedly!

  12. Beautiful photos from your trip. It’s nice to see the grasses green.
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  13. joey says:

    Lovely. I’d like to be in the middle of the last picture. I wonder if my parents still have the old green Coleman cooler… 🙂

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