Where The Western Things Are: Wyoming16 October 2013
If you follow me on Instagram, Tumblr, or Twitter you already know that I spent that past few days road tripping with some of my friends. To be more specific, my friends Ashley and Brandon flew into Denver from NYC with a lofty goal of seeing and experiencing the West since they had never been out here before. Well, seeing as I had a car and was unemployed, I figured there was no reason I couldn't meet up with them and help them accomplish their mission! So, first thing Wednesday morning I picked them up from the airport and headed due north for Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Cheyenne is an interesting little town. It only takes a couple minutes to get from the highway to downtown where the parking is plentiful and free! Wanna stand in the middle of the street and snap pictures of the capitol building? That's fine- there's no traffic coming anyways. I don't mean to rag on the city but, I don't know, for a capitol I guess I expected just a little more? On a plus side, though, Cheyenne is very walkable and one woman asked me if I was a model so the city gets some bonus points for that.
Our stay in the city was brief and uneventful. I couple snapshots of the cute "downtown" and lunch and then we were back on our way. The rest of our drive was a long 7 hours haul all the way across the state of Wyoming.
Wyoming is a strange place. During our drive we learned that there are antelope in Wyoming. We were all really confused when we first saw them because they looked like they had just escaped form the Africa exhibit at the zoo or something. Are these creatures really native to the Americas?? Either way, those little guys are everywhere and apparently outnumber people in the state.
We had a couple stops along the way out to Utah. First was the city of Buford (or should I say PhinDeli?) which has the smallest population in America. Brandon remarked that he and Ashley were probably the only people who could say that they went from the most populated city in the US to the least populated city in the US in one day. I'm a little bit jealous that they can make that claim!
About a month ago the town name was officially changed to PhinDeli which is the coffee brand that bought the city to promote their product. I'm not sure how much this will do for sales because, frankly, not too many people are driving down this highway to begin with!
Another one of our stops was to see Tree Rock, the most viewed wonder of Wyoming. Probably 'most viewed' due to the fact that it's right in the middle of I-80 and you can't help but see it as you drive by.
So what is Tree Rock,, you ask?
"Tree Rock is a small, twisted, limber pine tree. And I’m sure there are many others around the Cowboy State that look very much like it. But this one grows out of a crack in a pre-Cambrian Era pink Sherman granite boulder. No one knows exactly how old the little defiant pine tree is, but we do know that the species can live as long as 2,000 years. As for the rock, it is known that the boulder was formed anywhere from 1-4 billion years ago." -Source
So basically it's really old and has been stumping people for hundreds of years as to how it formed. Not exactly the most magnificent or entertaining of roadside stops but when you're in southern Wyoming, you take what you can get.
Finally, after hours of driving, night time fell and we were hella tired. Why is driving so exhausting when you're not even doing anything? Anyways, we got a hotel room a bit after arriving in Utah and figured out our itinerary for the next day since we were just planning this trip as we went along. I love winging it!