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Saturday, November 02, 2013

Wyoming Scenery En Route to Independence Rock

Continuing the saga of our western trip in September...
 
Before leaving Scottsbluff, Nebraska on September 18, we went back to the Scotts Bluff National Monument and drove to the summit.

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Above is the view from the South Overlook on the summit of Scotts Bluff. The little cluster of buildings is the Visitor Center. The road leads from there, through three tunnels, to the summit.
 
The rest of the photos on this post are roadside scenes as we traveled from Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Independence Rock in Wyoming, southwest of Casper.

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I know that Montana is called "Big Sky Country," but Wyoming has some pretty big skies, too.

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Scenes like this are so different from the corn and soybean fields we're used to in Indiana.

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The North Platte River

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Gray Reef Dam (in the distance) on the North Platte River

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Gray Reef Float Access

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Alcova Reservoir

I don't want to overload you with too many pictures, so I'll save Independence Rock and other Oregon Trail landmarks for the next post.

21 comments:

  1. Sure is some pretty landscape. I love that curved road in the first photo.

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  2. Beautiful are your landscape photos, Linda!
    Greetings, RW & SK


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  3. just love this rough terrain! the opening panorama is awesome with the road ribbon in front.

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  4. I love the first picture with the road going into the tunnel. All the photos are really good. I clicked on all of them for a better view. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

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  5. I can appreciate what it took to visit all of these locations and get the shots. They are beautiful, and opened the panorama on your flickr to view it full size. So many details to discover!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  6. The south overlook is impressive. Your driving shots are, too. You couldn't have ordered blue skies any prettier than these. Looking forward to seeing more from your travels. :)

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  7. I'm glad you went back to Scotts Bluff National Monument. The view from the summit is spectacular. I like that Wyoming sky (and landscape) as well.

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  8. Looks like a beautiful area, Linda. If you look at the top of the mountains on this post (and on your last post), the 'trees'??? up there make it look like lots of people are standing up there looking down… ha ha

    We need to put Scotts Bluff on our long list!!!!!

    Have a great Saturday.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  9. Absolutely beautiful, Linda. Thanks so much for sharing. I love it that we live in a country that has such diverse scenery.

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  10. Just gorgeous, Linda! I especially love that first photo!

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  11. Linda, what a beautiful set of photos - the scenery is fabulous! That first panorama shot is wonderful.

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  12. I enjoyed your pics real well. been in this area a few times and always find something new.

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  13. I LOVE those beautiful blue skies with just the right amount of puffy clouds.

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  14. Oh I do love skies. Beautiful and I like # 1 also.

    Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing my dear.

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  15. Oh you have such a pretty smile and lovely skin complexion. On your profile as one comes in to your blog..

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  16. Your photos are beautiful, Linda!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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  17. Che spettacolo, sono meravigliosi questi paesaggi: stupendi
    Emi

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  18. Hi Linda! I have heard of the Platte River (I wonder if settlers had to cross it?), but seeing it here is such a treat. I agree, those skies are HUGE! My daughter lives in Indiana, so I know what you mean about the difference in vista. Acres of corn and soybeans vs. red rocks and snaking rivers.

    Our land is beautiful. How blessed we are to have such a diverse country!
    Ceil

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  19. Beautiful pics Linda! They belong in an 'America The Beautiful' calender!

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