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US 20 Journey 2010
2011 - Day 12 - May 30
Cody, WY and Shoshone National Forest
A good sleep in the cabin at Ponderosa Campground. It's been pleasant to stay put for a few nights.
My home for the last couple of days. Comfortable, simple, workable.
Robin, and her mom, Skip, were very pleasant and I learned a little more about Mike Czarnecki from Skip.
Here's a link to Ponderosa Campground. I highly recommend the place and will certainly stay here when I come through Cody again.
Had breakfast at The Irma. Western buffet that we had when the whole family was out this way four years ago. A good hearty breakfast topped off with their special whiskey bread pudding.
Drove out 20 toward Yellowstone. Clouds hung low over the mountains.
North Branch of the Shoshone River with 20 alongside.
A larkspur? Numerous out here.
Small flock of Bighorn Sheep right alongside 20.
Heading west toward Yellowstone.
Took a two hour hike along Clearwater Creek in Shonshone National Forest. Following pictures are from the hike.
Getting started and moving along.
Very abundant along the trail. ?
remnants of old fire
charred trees line back country trail
Clearwater Creek sings
More scat. Bighorn Sheep maybe?
Wild lupine just starting to bloom.
My stopping point after an hour of hiking. Wind was cold and snow was flying in the air off toward those mountains.
exposed height of land
nearby peaks white-capped in snow
cold wind chills my hands
Looking back from where I came.
Something magnificent about the immense presence of mountains. Same goes for the ocean too.
Mountain bluebird against dark landscape.
Tomorrow I intend to leave about 5 AM to finally make it into Yellowstone. I'll have about 8 hours I can be in the park before heading out to Idaho Falls for an evening program. A number of the roads in Yellowstone are still closed. I hope the East Entrance is open. They open it from 8 PM to 8 AM, keeping it closed during the day because of the threat of landslides.