"At first I thought everybody was flipping me the bird," said Bethany. "I was wondering what I was doing that was hacking all of them off. But then I realized they were using two fingers. So then I was thinking that maybe two fingers was a special kind of insult out here. Like maybe twice as bad as one middle finger."

Bethany is from New York City where people never make eye contact with strangers and they certainly never wave at them. The local sheriff politely explained to her that these people she was passing on Wyoming's back highways were just being nice and saying hello.

"Hello?" Bethany said in a very confused tone. "Why would they say hello? They don't know me. It's not like we are going to stop in the middle of the road and carry on a conversation or something."

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The local sheriff let her know that, sometimes, people do just stop in the middle of the road and chat.

"WHAT?" She screeched. "Why would you do that? You'll cause a traffic jam!"

"What traffic?" asked the sheriff.

"What the heck is wrong with you people?" Bethany asked. "Did you see that crazy old coot driving past me at over 100 miles an hour? He still gave me the two fingers. You know I see a lot of people out here carrying guns. It might not be such a good idea to stop and talk to just anyone because they probably have a gun."

The sheriff tried to explain to her that it is considered a little strange, out this way, if someone is NOT carrying a gun.

"WHAT?" Bethany screaked. "That's it I'm going back to New York. You people have lost your collective minds."

"Funny," said the local sheriff, "that's just what Rosco said about you." (Read Rosco's story here).

Driving Wyoming's Badwater Road

A road trip through Wyoming backcountry shows the gorgeous sights and long history The Cowboy State has to offer.