Spoiler alert: Wyoming was by far my favorite place on our cross-country road trip.
And it was unexpected, too. I’ve made so many quips about how there’s nothing in Wyoming, it’s such a boring state, how could anyone live there? I didn’t expect to fall in love with it as hard as I did–I felt legitimately heavy-hearted to leave.
I’m not even into scenery, people. Even the most dramatic landscapes are underwhelming to me. I find peoplewatching and bustling cities much more interesting.
BUT LOOK AT THIS VIEW. JUST LOOK AT IT. And a photo can’t even really capture the Big Horn Basin in all its glory.
Be still my heart.
The main “thing” we did in Wyoming was go to Yellowstone National Park, but that’ll get its own post. After hiking and taking in breathtaking views all day, I was craving barbecue for dinner–something about the rural setting made me need ribs. We went to the restaurant at the Irma Hotel in Cody, Wyoming, which is definitely a local institution.
Our waitress had a southern accent, we sat next to a saloon door, and there were at least twenty animal heads mounted on the wall. It was so country, and I loved it.
Plus the ribs were good too.
For lodging, we stayed in Powell (the next town east) with a farmer named Rod from Air Bnb. He has a little field reserved for people traveling to/from Yellowstone where you can stay in a teepee or a sheepwagon. Sleeping on the floor isn’t really my style, so I booked us the sheepwagon. It was incredibly cozy and such a unique way to camp.
In the morning, Rod called out “Breakfast! Good morning!!” and we scurried out of the wagon to a communal picnic area. He served up pancakes and sausage from the pigs on his farm and we got to chat with him and the other travelers–two college students also on a road trip from Oregon (what are the chances?) and an energetic family of 5. Matt especially hit it off with Rod, and they discussed the environment for about an hour after breakfast. Rod changed Matt’s whole perspective about how to solve our energy problems, which he said was life-changing for him.
Wyoming was completely unforgettable–the stunning beauty and small-town rural charm captivated me immediately.
I even found this charming, in a “I can’t believe this is happening” kind of way.
In all seriousness, we fell in love with this state and when our friends ask about our favorite part of the trip, we don’t hesitate to declare how much we enjoyed Wyoming. As we drove off to South Dakota, I couldn’t help but think that this wasn’t goodbye to my newfound love, but rather a “see you later.” Or “see you soon,” I hope.
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