The perfect day
Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
11Trip End Aug 31, 2009
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We've gone through some interesting and unique town names, many derived from
the First Nations who were here first and created legends about the
land. Some names include: Kalamazoo,....and others i will post later
After riding on the I-90 for some time now, we decided to take a side route
to get to Yellowstone National Park. By chance, we turned west after
Buffalo and the scenery just got more and more dramatic
absolutely stunning, no other words to describe it. You know how some
things can look/hear/taste/feel so incredible that you would actually
tear up? Well, this was one of those moments.
I'm going to cheat and copy/paste what the Ten Sleep website has wrote about on how its name was derived:
"Nestled in the base of the Big Horn Mountains in the Nowood Valley, 26 miles
east of Worland on US Highway 16, Ten Sleep long ago staked its claim
to a share of Wyoming’s and Washakie County’s colored history. Ten
Sleep received its name because of the method of measuring
distance that was used by Indians at one time.
There was once a large Sioux Indian camp on the banks of the Platte River,
and there was another large Indian camp on the Clark's Fork River to
the North, near present-day Bridger, Montana
were important to Indians and settlers due to the trails leading to
and from them in all directions across the West. According to the
reckoning of the Indians, it was twenty "sleeps," or nights, between
the two camps.
It took ten "sleeps" to get halfway between them. This became the
location of the present town of Ten Sleep."
With a population of 350 (estimated) it is a sleepy little Western town but
full of natural glory and splendor. And with delicious oven-baked pizza
too in the town's only pizzeria!