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Long & Straight

 

Heading up to the Kaibab Plateau...

 

These long, straight stretches of road, where you encounter

another vehicle every 20-30 minutes or so - always impress Frank -

not something you see much in England, I guess!

 

But I grew up in Wyoming, where people outnumber antelope

only by about 5,000 individuals (145,000 to 140,000).

Pretty sparse for a state that is 97,818 square miles in size.

For comparison - all of the U.K. is  94,058 miles in size -

with a population of over 64 million people!

And to my knowledge - not one antelope!  :-)

 

ROAD TRIP !!!!!

 

 

 

Soooooo - not only is my computer acting up,

but this week I start an indefinite period of working

double shifts at the office.  While I can use the money

and the distraction right now... it will leave little time for

anything else!  I hope to be able to look in at your photos

and reply to your comments on mine, at least

occasionally!   Thanks for understanding!

 

Long & Straight

 

Heading up to the Kaibab Plateau...

 

These long, straight stretches of road, where you encounter

another vehicle every 20-30 minutes or so - always impress Frank -

not something you see much in England, I guess!

 

But I grew up in Wyoming, where people outnumber antelope

only by about 5,000 individuals (145,000 to 140,000).

Pretty sparse for a state that is 97,818 square miles in size.

For comparison - all of the U.K. is  94,058 miles in size -

with a population of over 64 million people!

And to my knowledge - not one antelope!  :-)

 

ROAD TRIP !!!!!

 

 

 

Soooooo - not only is my computer acting up,

but this week I start an indefinite period of working

double shifts at the office.  While I can use the money

and the distraction right now... it will leave little time for

anything else!  I hope to be able to look in at your photos

and reply to your comments on mine, at least

occasionally!   Thanks for understanding!

 

comments (15)

  • Lisl
  • England
  • 4 Jan 2016, 00:35
Interesting statistics, Elizabeth. I can imagine Frank being impressed by these almost empty roads
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Frank just loves the west... can't wait to get him home, he'll be a happy boy! smile
I was brought up in Devon where a 100 yards of straight road was a novelty. Staggering to think Wyoming is bigger than the UK and has a population the size of Blackpool!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Ha! Funny!!!
Wyoming is some place, Bill! We joke that we have two seasons... Winter, and July!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Jan 2016, 02:48
Are we there yet?

Wonderful blacktop, but even wonderfuller stunted shrubs and spinifex clumps beside it, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Not even close.... stick a carrot in your mouth and start counting shrubs!
Superb Elizabeth. Reminds me of the Karoo desert in RSA!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I often say to Louis Kotzee, that Arizona is sooooo very much like South Africa!
Those stats sound crazy Elizabeth, I wish for something in between.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile There's plenty in between, too Chad!!
That is definitely about the size of it all, Elizabeth. Thanks for the perspective...on several levels, including the vanishing point. smile

In the meantime, try to keep SANE!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Big skies - long roads - Most Americans don't know much about Wyoming. Once in North Carolina, a guy stared at me long and hard, and said "Welcome to America" !!! To this day, I think it's possible he doesn't know Wyoming joined the Union in 1890! smile
I've stayed sane.... I've made a little money... and I'm very tired!!!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Jan 2016, 06:58
Something you NEVER see in England Elizabeth: I can see why he is impressed alright!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile He loves taking photos of these roads!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Jan 2016, 07:22
An excellent composition with the road vanishing in the diagonal for the viewer. Wyoming sounds like my kind of place.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Louis!
Except for the cold - I imagine you would really love Wyoming!
I've a coworker from S.A.... she says you all are really suffering a terrible hot summer. I'm so sorry - keep cool, man!!
The way Frank drives it's a good job there is nobody else on the road.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I LOVE the way Frank drives!!! Super Sexy Style! smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Jan 2016, 08:54
I love your write up, maybe the UK has 4 antelopes but you have to pay to see them in the ZOO wink
When I see roads like this I always think 'gas' make sure your care is filled up.....
Fabulous picture.
Don't worry, just do the double shifts, save the money and be happy with it, we wont walk away.. wink
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm glad you enjoyed it... Wyoming is a unique place! smile
We are certainly sure to fill up whenever we hit a gas station. We know where they are, how far between, and which is cheaper! smile
The double shifts were OK.... But I had to get up extra early to shovel snow before work, then shovel again after work... every day. And today I had to drive to Phoenix (4 hour round trip). I'm afraid I'm a bit tired now! Gonna sleep long tomorrow morning! smile Next week will be a little better, sunshine and a new employee!!! Yippee!!!!
It looks newly paved too! I hope you don't mean you will be working 16 hrs a day. Please take care of yourself.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I believe it had been! Oh - for clarification, we have overlapping shifts. I hope not to be there more than 12 hrs in a day. We'll see...
A great drive, Elizabeth, goes on for miles and miles and.....smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: miles and miles.... smile XOX
I just can't imagine driving along a road like this, but I guess one makes sure the fuel tank is full all the time. Why does Wyoming have such a small population, is it an inhospitable area of countryside?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: This is why we love our road trips, I guess! And, yes - you always make sure you know where the next filling station is!

Wyoming is a remarkable place... but you have to be tough... we used to joke that we had two seasons - Winter and July! smile Once winter stops, it doesn't quit til summer. The other day their temperature was -10f (-23c). And the wind chill factor was -54 !!!! I can remember school mates (cowboys) having to stay out of class because they had young calves they were rotating in and out of the bath, keeping them in the house, to save them from freezing to death. We had record snows the year I graduated from high school - not one snow day was taken - you get there if you have to ski or snowmobile! No excuses!

Amazingly, like Flagstaff, Wyoming boasts over 325 days of sun per year. Bitter cold, wildly windy... but you can't beat the wildlife and the scenery! Yellowstone, the Tetons, Devils Tower, Medicine Bow, Bighorn Mountains.... if you camp, fish, hunt, hike, climb, ride - it's the place to go to. Most people just can't handle staying year round. The lowest point is 3,000' (914 m), the highest- nearly 14,000' (4267 m). Rocky peaks, low deserts, flowing grasslands. Elk, bison, big horn sheep, antelope, eagles, hawks...

My Mom would leave the house at 4am to go fishing in pristine, crystal clear, glacial lakes - she'd be home by 7am having caught her daily limit of Rainbow Trout! Many complete and nearly complete dinosaur fossils have been found there... and in fact, almost EVERY fish fossil you'll encounter for sale or display, will come from the Green River Valley, in Wyoming.

There's a very brief explanation about why we love it, and why we leave it! smile
Great view to enjoy on the long drive. I'm sure there were many treats and drinks along.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Treats, cold bevie's, iPod blasting... We love our road trips!
Looks like you stole one of Franks here, Elizabeth smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: That's a compliment of the highest sort... Thank you! smile

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