Sunday, July 20, 2008


I was wrong about there being nothing in western Nebraska. I didn't understand the meaning of the word 'nothing' until I drove through 250 miles of south-western Wyoming. There is nothing in that stretch of Wyoming. I mean, really, nothing. Bare hills, little vegetation, no trees. On the bright side, the people are friendly. Both of them. :)

Actually, it's a fascinating landscape. SO different from all I've known. A desolate, lonely, but starkly beautiful landscape. Mark and I were curious about the population, and made guesses before looking it up in the atlas. Anyone wanna guess? I guessed 5 million at first; Mark guessed about 2 million.

It's actually only 500,000 people. In ALL of Wyoming. It ranks #50 in state population, though it's the 10th largest state in size. Your geography trivia of the day.

I'm giving poor Wyoming a hard time, but it will have a chance to redeem itself when we go to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons a week from now. In the comments for my last post, Jaye assures me the Tetons will satisfy my inner Heidi.

We're in Salt Lake City, and looking forward to seeing the Temple tomorrow, though the travel advisories online warn us that the young Mormon guides that latch onto you there spend more time evangelizing you than they do showing you the sights.

Off to sleep! We'll post pics tomorrow.

P.S. Mark wants to point out that in Wyoming's defense, the wildflowers were great. Masses of small flowers, in muted colors. Not big and showy, but beautiful and hardy. When traveling, I tend to lift up my eyes to the hills, to long for the big, dramatic views. Mark looks down, and spots the little things -- the flowers, the magpie, the interesting little creatures. We're a good combo.


John Pierce said...

I was just talking to a friend last night about doing a road trip. Its definitely something I want to do before too much time passes.

I enjoy reading your trip updates!

our little brown life said...

Thanks for the Wyoming trivia- I've learned something new for the day.

Jennifer F. said...

Cathy MC-I am so stoked for you guys on your cc trip!! I am thrilled that you will be spending time with the Heils in NoCAL. I'm so sorry we can't be there!!
wyoming sounds pretty beat, notwithstanding the wildflowers

teresa anthony said...

Wow Cathy, you managed to get John and Jen to comment on your post - impressive!

I love the Atlas information. That's a fun thing our family does on road trips as well, quiz each other in geography and check the Atlas for the right answers. Scott is the KING (of family geographical knowledge, that is), however, Mary Kate is beginning to give him a run for his money. She does know all 50 state capitals, while he occasionally messes up one or two.

I get only about 15-20 right, *sigh*, you would NOT be pleased.

I am remembering how you were quite appalled when you came home from Japan for Christmas when I was in 7th grade I think, and you found out that I did NOT know my US geography very well. Do you remember what you did? You made me memorize all 50 states in alphabetical order, and then drew up blank maps and had me label them. Me being a math person, I memorized the states based on numbers. I actually still remember that there are four 'A' states, no 'B' states, three 'C' states, one 'D' state, and so on.

It's no wonder that I make US geography a BIG part of my 4-7th grade curriculums. It's all thanks to you, Cath!

Love, Teresa