Rocks Left And Rocky Terrain

Sorry for the gap in posting.  Spotty service here in Wyoming causing delays.

Wednesday, May 30: John left an Elsa rock IMG_2564 at the base of a tree and we left Fort Kearny State Park.  Shortly after getting on I-80 we stopped at the Archway Monument.  A really cool museum that spans I-80.  The museum tells the history of people migrating west via stagecoach, train and automobile.  Once inside an escalator takes you up to the museum where you walk through the display areas wearing a headset that narrates the exhibits.  I think my favorite was the buffalo stampede, complete with thundering sound effects and 3D images.  There is a peep window at the end when you are inside a 1960’s diner where you can see all the traffic traveling below.  Outside the museum there are numerous sculptures and a trail with more sculptures but we moved on.

We drove 225 miles to Cabela’s Campground next to the Cabela’s store in Sidney, Nebraska. A rather utilitarian full hookup stop, but suited our purposes to empty our holding tanks, restock groceries and do laundry. Cabela’s has some nice animal taxidermy displays.  John left one of my favorite rocks, “3 feathers” behind at a bench near the wash house and we took off in the morning.

Thursday, May 31:  Curt Gowdy State Park, Cheyanne, Wyoming.  Upon arrival you are greeted by a big arch similar to the great ranch spreads of the west.  The park has a large lake or reservoir with campgrounds disbursed around the perimeter.  Our site in the “Tumbleweeds” loop had a nice view of the lake and surrounding hills.  Curt Gowdy Park is known for its many hiking trails ranging from easy (our kind) to expert.  Since we chose not to unhook the truck from the fifth wheel we were limited to the winding two mile hike that circled our camping loop.  We had great views of the area and saw interesting – non Michigan plants along the way.  There was sage brush, cactus, some type of yucca looking plant and lots of yellow and blue wildflowers.  John left a rock on the hillside that overlooked our campsite.IMG_2570

Friday, June 1:  We got on the road early, 7:30 (9:30 in Michigan). Before we left John left this cute frog by the fire grate. IMG_2644 We had planned to stop at the visitor center and take a one mile hike for a close up look at one of the rock formations that surround the area but strong winds nixed our plans.  We pulled out and headed west on I-80 again.  The landscape varied from rolling hills with jagged bizarre huge boulders and rocks outcroppings jutting up, to walls of rock sticking out like small mountains.  Cattle and pronghorns graze on the sparse looking grass.  The wind continued to blast and the freeway signs warned of fifty plus mph gusts.  We caught looks of the snowy peaks of the Medicine Bow Mountain Range as the road climbed to 8400 feet elevation.  Just past Laramie we left I-80 and drove twenty miles south to camp at Saratoga Lake Campground.  A bare bones city owned camp ground on the shore of Lake Saratoga.  The lake had whitecaps on it due to the blasting wind, so it wasn’t inviting us to swim. We will go into town tomorrow to find the Hobo Hot Spring.  A city owned mineral bath site located downtown.

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