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Wish You Were Here: The Wide, Open Spaces of Wyoming

September 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM | by | ()

The summer travel season may be just about over, but that can't stop us from getting out of dodge to bask in the wide open spaces of the wild, wild west. Typically travelers think of heading south, to a Caribbean island or Mexican resort, for some seclusion and relaxation, but why not WY? To be more specific, we've found all this and more just outside Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

This adventure involves nature, scenic vistas, clean fresh air, and the absence of anything that has to do with a city; fine by us! While not technically considered 'Big Sky Country' (that's Montana), we aren't too far from the state line and the skies are pretty ginormous.

The next nearest population center is Cody, considered the gateway to Yellowstone, but we've even escaped the hustle and bustle of this 10,000-person town and headed for the hills via the Chief Joseph Highway (where this photo was snapped) on our way to both the Sunlight Basin and the 'Top of the World' Road.

The mountains are snow-capped, the jackets have been unpacked, and an altitude of about 9,500 feet is preparing us for the first bite of autumn.

Though we're routinely warned about bears and how to properly store our food at night, we can't help to feel at peace under a starry sky, rugged terrain, and dense forests of silent pine trees. Wish you were here!

[Photo: Jaunted]

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