|Today was another simple day marked by good people, amazing vistas, and fascinating history. We began with worship at St Agnes Catholic Church. We met friendly people, good music, and a good homily by a much-loved priest.
As we continued our journey west we crossed into Wyoming. The Western Plains are over 4,000 feet elevation. Remember we left at sea level. Hills are starting to appear, leading to the Rocky Mountains. The land is still flat but rougher. Today the temps were in the mid 90s. The smoke from the Montana wildfires still covers the horizen.
Fort Laramie began as a private fur trading fort in 1834. The US government took it over to protect emigrants. It was an important location in the Indian Wars of the 1860s and 1870s. The Indians were defeated by superior fire power, not justice. America has not been the same since.
Nearby are impressive wagon wheel ruts carved into solid rock by continuous use, wagon after wagon. The presence of over a half million emigrants, passing through or settling the land, changed our nation and bound the East to the West.
Thanks to this past history, we are able to freely travel across the Plains. We are in Wyoming, heading south toward Rocky Mountain National Park. We plan to “settle” there in our tent on Tuesday.