Eastbound USA Cross-Country Adventure *Part 2*
Moving East from Oregon, we start a new day on the Snake River in Idaho.
This area on the Snake River has been used as a travel route for thousands of years.
Interpretive signs found along Interstate 84, give information on the history of the
travel in the area.
Rolling green hillsides like this soon become a distant memory.
As we pass into Utah, red rock formations take over the scenery.
This arid landscape bare of any vegetation seems so desolate.
The sedimentary rocks show bands of mineral deposits, telling a story of creation.
Weathering and erosion expose these rock formation that once, lay covered by earth.
We continue Eastward cruising down I 80.
Arriving in Wyoming, characteristics of the Great Plains begin to take over the landscape.
It was an incredibly hot day. The car began to overheat.
We had to pull off the the Interstate and take an unexpected break from the road.
Here we were joined by a curious pronghorn.
Theses creatures live only in grasslands like those of the Great Plains.
After a few moments the pronghorn had seen enough,
and went back on his way into the sagebrush.
We got back on the road just as large thunderhead clouds started to drift over the horizon.
Thanking back to the night we spent outside of Theodore Roosevelt National Park
I was relieved to be back on the road and heading in the opposite direction of these
large storm clouds.
We arrived in Nebraska, and stopped at a rest area for a little break.
The area was apparently a hot spot for rattlesnakes.
We looked around, but could not find one in sight.
This is an example of a great cross-country vehicle!
Life on the road would be comfortable in something like this.
The Great Platte River road archway is located in the geographic center of the USA.
This area was a major stop for travelers on the Oregon Trail.
Passing this archway, we had officially made our way to the halfway point
on this leg of the trip.
As the sunset on another day on the road, we continued on our way East.
Follow along as the adventure Eastbound rolls on!