We departed the parking lot of Walmart in Rock Springs before 7:30 a.m. heading to Casper via the back hiways. We arrived at the Casper East RV Park about 12:45 p.m. A quick setup and we relaxed for the rest of the day.
The next day though, we hit the road for Douglas, Wy. It's a small town about 45 miles away (south) of Casper. This nice little town is known for many things, but mostly it's known for being the "Jackalope Capitol of the World". For readers who have been with us from the beginning, they know Dave received a book, "Roadside Americana" upon his retirement. On page 55 is a picture of "The Douglas Jackalope". As with all pictures in that book, when we get close to one of the roadside items we go there to take a picture from the same angle as in the book. Dave also got himself issued a Jackalope hunting license, it's good only on June 31st, sunrise to sunset. He got the license not to hunt with a gun but with his camera. If he can only get close enough . . .
Next stop was in Casper, we went to the Historic Trails Interpretive Center. You see, all the major trails, Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express trails and people settling the West had to come through Casper because all trails came here. Not far beyond to the west of here the trails split off to various destinations. Those people, hardy souls who came from the mid-west and eastern states were tough. To have come this far and survive, much less make it to their destinations, each had to overcome great obstacles and personal trials.
Next stop was a natural feature of the surrounding mountains called, "Natural Bridge". It was once part of a local ranch but in 1922 the family donated the acreage to the county as a park. About five miles off the highway, an easy drive and well worth the visit. We found the park jammed with people, mostly families enjoying it.