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Part 3 of On the Road to Vancouver: A Rocky Mountain High

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Day two on the road from Atlanta to Vancouver provided a couple of high points. Actually reaching South Flippin’ Dakota, and seeing the magnificent Mt. Rushmore.

On day three, as opposed to seeing what amazing things MAN can do with a mountain, we saw what NATURE can do with mountains. We left South Dakota and entered Wyoming, which is similar to leaving Gertrude Frumpnagle and hooking up with Kate Upton.

Wyoming has this cache about it—except for that lovely power station in Gillette. You can feel the cowboy chic. The scenery around Buffalo is gorgeous. And then you leave Wyoming and enter Montana, which is similar to (oh, forget the similes). I will say that the Billings chamber of commerce has its work cut out for it. There are not too many ways to dress up an oil refinery—which is most of what you see driving along I-90. But that is soon forgotten as you move west toward Livingston and Bozeman— Yellowstone county. Snow-capped mountains shoot up from the lush, green, rolling plains. The contrast in colors…the contrast in topography…is stunning.

Rocky Mountains Travel

Rocky Mountains

There are still a few lessons MAN can take from NATURE.

This is part 3 in a several part guest blogging series by Marc Pickard, husband of Exploration’s owner and advisor Jean Pickard. Marc is an avid traveler, a fly fisherman, and a former reporter for Atlanta’s 11Alive news. He is now happily retired and occasionally using his journalistic skills to contribute to the Explorations blog. He is chronicling a road trip across the US from Atlanta to Vancouver.


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