I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck, experienced strong winds in Wyoming. The wind was over 65 miles per hour. We tried to pose for photos, but we started to blow away.
Lucky for us, the moms caught us. We came back another time and the wind was only about 35 miles per hour, so we did pose for photos and we saw this tree.
This tree is growing out of a rock. This is on I-80 in Wyoming, between Cheyenne and Laramie.
The tree is between the east and westbound lanes of the highway. There is a sign to exit the interstate highway. The men working on the railroad from 1867-1869, diverted the Union Pacific train rails to save this little tree. When the trains began traveling, the trains stopped by the tree and the locomotive fireman gave the tree a drink from the water bucket.
When the tracks were moved a few miles to lower ground, the route became a wagon road. Travelers noticed the tree and it became a favorite subject of photographs. This tree was also on the favorite postcard. The Lincoln Highway, later US 30 passed the tree in the 1920s and in the 1960s I-80 also passed by the tree.
This tree is twisted limber pine (Pinus Flexitis).
The age of this tree is unknown, but this type of tree can live to 2000 years in this area. The tree grows out of a crack in a boulder of Precambrian era pink Sherman granite that was formed about 1-4 billion years ago.
This is the tree when we ducks were out there.
This is the tree when the winds were howling.
You will like seeing this little tree in the rock. So many tourists have seen and remembered this tree. Stop to see it when you are on I-80 in Wyoming.