Many travelers on Interstate 80 in Wyoming look forward to the road's summit just east of Laramie and the view of the Lincoln monument, so you can imagine how disappointed they were for a two-week period when the pedestal was empty. Staff at the visitors' center said they had as many as forty inquiries a day about the missing statue.
Why was Lincoln gone?
If you look at this picture taken several years before the restoration, you'll see that the statue is almost black. That's the result of more than twenty years of oxidation and pollution. WYDOT knew the deteroriation couldn't be allowed to continue, and so they contracted with Eagle Bronze in Lander to restore it to its original beauty.
Here's another view of the pre-restoration statue.
Have you ever thought about how many shades of green there are? As I travel across Wyoming, I'm reminded that there are more greens here than in the box of 64 crayons I used to have, and each tells a story.
Wyoming is a semi-arid state, so you won't see the lush velvety-green pastures of the East. What you will find are shades of green, depending on how much water individual areas receive. The row of deep green trees in the distance tells travelers there's a small creek nearby. In the foreground, you see the gray-green of sagebrush, and in between there's the yellow green of grass getting ready to go dormant.
Boring or pretty? It's all in the eye of the beholder.
Have you ever seen a fence like this? I wasn't sure why there were extra pieces of wood until I noticed the wires connecting them. Apparently they're used to stabilize the fence in high winds. If you've ever been to Wyoming, you know why that's necessary. High winds are part of the reason we have some of the cleanest air in the country.
Here's another view of the fence. Note, too, the watering troughs. This is cattle ranching country, and beef on the hoof need water.
For traveling long distances, there's nothing that beats the interstates. (Thank you, President Eisenhower, for recognizing the need.) But leaving the interstates for the backroads provides the opportunity to see the countryside "up close and personal." I found this road, which heads through the Laramie Range, intriguing.
How often do you see a sign like this? I suspect it's one of tourists' favorite parts of Wyoming's interstates, and I have to admit that the extra five miles an hour make a difference on long trips. But sometimes it's nice to slow down and enjoy the scenery. That's what we'll be doing for the rest of September.
I knew that goats had beards, but a striped one? That was a surprise. The question is, is it really a stripe or simply a shadow? And, yes, this is one of the famous weed-eating goats that I featured earlier this month.
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