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               Day 4 October 9, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Cody Wyoming

    A few miles out of Cody a herd of bighorn sheep and their lambs graze among the rocks and brush. Their coats are becoming thick and warm. Because of the shut down there is very little traffic, only Park refugees like us, and very few services are open - no gas, no lodging, no restaurants. . Entrance gates are shut. If there is no "Closed" sign there is a "No Vacancy" sign. A few places which cater to hunters, like Shoshone Lodge, are still open.
   The road to the East Entrance is wedged between snow covered mountains to the south and red rock buttes formed by volcanic eruptions to the north. One striking formation is called the City of Jerusalem, the rock shapes rising like an ancient city. Golden aspens are a bright contrast against the red rock and deep green pines. Yellow leaves shimmer in the slightest breeze. Through all this the Shoshone River rushes over rocks and past walls of mountains. We spend the morning along the river near Sleeping Giant ski area where a few deer graze. There are no elk in sight. Hunters leave vehicles parked in turn-outs on the highway or in hunting camps. Bear frequenting signs are posted everywhere.
   After a long, sunny morning the sky turns dark with clouds. The cashier at Walmart tells us a storm is on the way. Time to head north to Silver Gate.

Author - Christine Baleshta
Photography - Tim Springer

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