Various places in Wyoming

After leaving Jackson, Wyoming I headed north past the Grand Teton mountain range to the little town of Moran.  There I took Route 287 southeast through western Wyoming down to the little town of Rawlins, along Interstate 80, where I got a motel room for the night.  I intended to get to an Airbnb in Laramie, Wyoming where I had a reservation but for various reasons I didn’t make it that far (my first no-show in 2 1/2 years) and I let the host know by e-mail not to expect me.  We had been exchanging messages throughout the day about my increasingly late ETA.  I stopped by the house in Laramie the next day to apologize in person.

The northernmost part of Route 287 was on my list as a preferred scenic road but let me tell you, it was pretty awesome all the way to Rawlins (well, until it got too dark to see how awesome it was).

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As you can see from many of the photos, a storm system was in the area (fortunately is was moving away from me).  As I was nearing the split where Route 287 would branch off from Route 26 I saw this curious atmospheric phenomena.  As the sky lightened after the storm had passed, a light colored cloud reached towards the ground.  This cloud was quite far ahead of me so it had to have been very large.  Rainbow-like colors, the full spectrum from red to violet (remember Roy G Biv?), appeared in this cloud.  I have seen it once since then, but the one I saw this day was a first for me.  There was no conventional rainbow, just the wide cloud which was reflecting colors from the setting sun.  It was really cool.

 

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And right before the sun was about set I saw these little guys when I stopped at a rest area.

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