Chuck Mack: Our trip going to a family reunion and sightseeing - part five

— Wyoming has a lot of beautiful country and a lot of beautiful rivers and streams. But it also has a lot of country that's unfit for anything other than lizards and toads, and you have to drive through that part of the state to enjoy the beautiful part. Of course, this is just my interpretation of the Wyoming wastelands. I'm sure other people see a lot of beauty in the arid sections of Wyoming.

We were traveling along on Highway 30. Interstates are great if you want to make good time. We are usually not in a hurry to get to any certain place and like to enjoy the scenery along the route.

When we came to Fossil Butte National Monument, we stopped to visit that fascinating place. In case you don't know, that is a place where the ancient seabed was covered with silt and fossilized all kinds of ancient sea life. They have some wonderful displays of actual fossils that came from Fossil Butte. Fossil Butte is a long stretch of a brightly colored red, white and gray mountain that runs along Highway 30 for several miles. You leave Highway 30 and drive back a couple of miles to the Interpretive Center which sits on a hill facing towards Fossil Butte. We took time to listen to the talks and a movie telling us how all the fossils were created. That is really an interesting thing to learn how something that took place many million years ago came about so we can enjoy it today.

I know it's certainly an interesting place, and is about the only national monument in the country that doesn't have an entrance fee. Not very many things are free in this old world today, so we certainly enjoyed that.

Well, as usual, I forgot one very important thing. We stopped in Deer Lodge, Mont., to visit the Automobile Museum. There are so many old cars in that Museum that a person should allow one full day just to see that place. It used to be the "Ford Museum." Now, it has a selection of all kinds of cars. We found out that the person who used to own the Museum got into trouble with the IRS. The government confisticated all of the cars in the Museum and sold them all at auction. This museum is located in the old Montana State Prison building so there is a prison museum on site, also. We have visited it before, but on this trip, we were short of time.

Gosh, on this trip we found tourists from the Orient and Europe visiting our wonderful country. It's certainly nice to know that here in our wonderful country we have things interesting enough to draw tourists from abroad!

And finally, on our 10th day, we arrived home. In a way, I wish we were still on the road enjoying life. But as the story goes, all good things must come to an end. Soon, Nathaniel has to start school, and Mike has to return to work. Alberta and I are lucky; we can keep right on enjoying our everlasting vacation.

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