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Sep 3, 2018 - Hell's Half-acre

Casper, WY We have definitely left the spectacular scenery of the Tetons behind and are driving through mile after mile of high elevation prairie called the High Plains. As far as the eye can see one sees shortgrass prairie, prickly pear cacti and scrub. The only obvious wildlife were antelopes, so Jim happily counted them. He spotted at least 75. Then we came to one of nature’s surprises. Hell’s Half-Acre is a geologic oddity composed of deep ravines, caves, rock formations and hard-packed eroded earth. Despite being a vast 300-acre...

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Sep 3, 2017 - Cody to Casper

This must be the Antelope capitol of the world. Probably 10-20 per mile. From Cody we took Hwy 120 through Meeteetse and Thermopolis. Meeteetse is tiny little ranch town and we stopped right on the hwy/Main Street in front of the stores. They had wooden sidewalks in front of them. Visited their excellent small museum that contained a lot of the local history. The next town, about fifty miles south was Thermopolis. A huge thermal area is right in town. The state park has free hot pools and there are numerous public swimming pools and 4-5...

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Jul 7, 2017 - Casper, Wyoming

There is absolutely nothing interesting in Casper, Wyoming, and we can’t get a place to stay in Sheridan (Little Big Horn) or Buffalo (Butch Cassidy & Sundance’s Hole in the Wall), so tomorrow we’re going on to Billings, Montana…so much for Wyoming in the summer…no place to stay on the weekends. Oh, we DID go to Wal-Mart again in Casper, that’s #4 for the trip and I think it may have been 3 days this time. And, one other thing here…a car, truck, RV (if not too tall, 13 ft. 8 in.) wash that also has a DOG WASH, yes, a DOG wash, it’s pretty...

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Jun 24, 2017 - Casper, Wy

Just entering the way we left Sheridan, WY. We decided to take a different route. Very open space hardly any traffic. Lots of Antelope roaming the open space. Looking towards the west half way between Sheridan and Casper was way out there in the rolling hills was the Hole in Wall gang hideout (Butch Cassidy). So they had quite a ride to the saloon in Buffalo!

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Oct 14, 2016 - Questions, a Retraction, and Musings

Due to the questions I have received since retiring and traveling, and based on a reader response, I decided to dedicate today's blog to answer some of those questions and responses. First, my retraction. A reader (looks like someone is reading my blogs) reminded me of the importance of Teddy Roosevelt. The National Park system. Shame on me! I should have known better. I love, love, love the national parks. Yep, even more than Kennedy and Reagan. So forgive me Teddy. I have seen the light and now realize how very much you deserve to be in...

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Sep 21, 2016 - On the road again...

So, I am going to jump around a bit in posting as I'm running behind & it's easier to give you our current ramblings now. But, we've seen some beautiful sights, done some fun things with friends, taken a road trip or two without the rig & just generally been having a great time. Our time in the Black Hills flew by all too quickly but winter is approaching quickly & it was time to head South. Friends stopped by for our morning departure & we made a stop in Edgemont near the Wyoming border for lunch with more friends. Wow, it's always hard...

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Sep 17, 2016 - Casper

There has been a sharp change in our plans for the upcoming few weeks. Originally we to stay north and head for Wisconsin and Illinois. But for several reasons we are now heading toward Texas. Our path has been determined by a desire to attend a panel discussion in Plano, TX headed by Monsignor Fisher, a favorite of Sue. We will also be visiting friends in the Dallas area again. That path also provides a chance to see elder son, Jeff, in Taos, NM and younger son, Scott, in Dallas, TX. Strangely enough both are visiting in those places....

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Aug 16, 2016 - Hell's Half Acre

We said goodbye to Denis and Carolyn this morning. It was good to get to travel with them for a few days. They are heading towards Wisconsin I believe. We headed east on US 20. We came upon the hot springs at Thermopolis, Wyoming. It was quite a sign that they had, it covered half of the mountain. I had always heard about Hell's Half Acre and today we saw it. But it is more like a half section as it is a 320 acre hole in the ground. It looks a lot like the badlands. We got word today that both Mike and Cat and Carolyn and Denis were...

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Jun 27, 2016 - Casper, WY - Pictures

The first two photos are examples of pioneers who passed thru the area and chiseled their names into Independence Rock are their way west. These were people who were going to Oregon or to the California Gold Rush or Mormon on their way to Salt Lake y. The western outfitter store in downtown Casper take up three stories and has at least 10,000 pairs of cowboy boots on sale. Saddles sell for around $2,000. They had half of floor dedicated to gear for rodeo riders. They had every kind of cowboy hat that you could imagine. Some of the Stetsons...

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Jun 26, 2016 - Casper, WY

This is our next stop on our way north up the eastern side of the Rockies. We stopped here for a few days to catch up on laundry, etc. Casper is an interesting place from a historical aspect as it was a key player in the settlement of the west. It is estimated that between 1841 and 1869, 500,000 people passed through the area on their way to Oregon, Utah and California. Wagon trains followed the Missouri River and then the North Platt River to Casper. From Casper, the wagons could follow the South Pass across the Rocky Mountains to their...

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Jun 20, 2016 - Rivers Edge Rv Park, Casper, Wyoming

We have been trying to drive about 250 miles a day. That means an 8 AM start, and 2 PM stopped for the day, after a lunch break along the way. Dennis and Ellen have been leading the way, and Glenna and I just follow along. Very relaxing! This morning we left Lewellyn and headed west on HWY 26. After passing through the town of Mitchell, we entered into Wyoming and took HWY 25 north toward Casper. Glenna and I have stayed at Rivers Edge in Casper in the past. It's a great little campground and about the right distance to make a move to Cody...

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May 31, 2016 - Casper, Wyoming

It is a fishing day. We are both awake early. We head out of town to the Crazy Rainbow Lodge. We meet our guide, Jesse, at 7:15. The water is very high. The weather is great. The fishing is always good on the North Platte. I take lots of pictures. We stop for lunch. To quote Jessie, “No good story starts with everything happened as expected.” One of our oars is gone when we return to the boat. We do not know how it got loose. We can now report that we broke down in a drift boat! Jessie moves us downstream to a spot where he can get to his...

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