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Aug 18, 2013 - Curt Gowdy State Park, Cheyenne and Laramie, WY - Aug 2013

Curt Gowdy State Park is located 24 miles west of Cheyenne and 24 miles east of Laramie along the Lincoln Highway. The one thing we have learned about Wyoming's State Parks is that they really don't want you to know exactly where the campgrounds are or the entrances to the parks. There are no maps. It has been an interesting experience. We hate making reservations, but it seems to be the only way to get an idea of a site. We have been using satellite images to locate potential campsites. Curt Gowdy is a great park and we would come back now...

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Aug 18, 2013 - Cheyenne, WY - Day 79

August 18, 2013...Another travel day. We left the Wind River View campground about 8:30 am and headed south on Hwy. 191 to Rock Springs, WY. We turned east there on I-80 and traveled all the way to Cheyenne, WY. The terrain today was high desert with plenty of sagebrush. At one of the rest stops, there was a sign which stated that the sagebrush has a deep taproot and can survive in 6" of annual rain. There are 13 varieties of sagebrush. Sagebrush provides food for pronghorn antelope, sage grouse, wild horses, mule deer, and small mammals...

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North to Alaska 2013

Jul 24, 2013 - Bronco Riding

Bronco Riding is a bit different from the Bull Riding. Each rider gets aboard the animal in the chute. He must stay aboard the horse for 8 seconds holding on with a single hand which is actually tied to the horse.. He is seated until the chute door is opened when he can "spur" the horse with nickel sized and shaped pieces of metal attached to the back of his boots. This strike to the horses flanks makes the horse leap out of the chute and from there--its on. Each photographer gets a chance to take pictures from the pit. The "pit" is a...

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Jul 23, 2013 - Eight Seconds Is A Long Time

Eight Seconds is a Long Time Bull Riding is one of the most dangerous sports that I’ve ever seen. When I asked media credentials to gain the best photographic access to the Rodeo, I had the Bull Riding in mind. Here a cowboy, usually a man in his twenties of slight build, weighing between 140-170 lbs and 5’ 6” to 5’ 10” tall climbs aboard the back of a 1800 to 2100 pound muscular, agile, mobile and hostile piece of animal flesh with two calcium knifes called “horns attached to his head. One of the cowboy’s hands is literally tied to tight...

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Jul 23, 2013 - Frontier Days Parade

The old western town of Cheyenne practically closes down on Tuesday morning for the Frontier Days parade. Our new friends, Earline and Ernest, joined us in the front row seats provided curtesy of the High Plains Hotel. The governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, mayor, city council, superintendent of instruction, business leaders, local high school bands, military units, even a 19th Century style milk man and undertaker, all joined the oldest belle in town in marching down Central Ave., on horseback, in fancy floats, bikes, go-carts,...

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Jul 22, 2013 - Frontier Days Rodeo Bronco Riding

When I was afforded "credentials" to take pictures at the Frontier Days Rodeo, I was granted the honor of working in the chute or in the Pit for 1/2 of the Rodeo. I chose to spend 1/2 of the Rodeo in the Pit. This means that for 1.5 hours I would be allowed to take pictures in a bunker type structure approximately 40 yards from the chutes, a series of 4 steel cages were the Cowboys mount the horses or bulls they will attempt to ride for the minimum 8 seconds. This is my "first rodeo" which means--I don't know what I'm doing. In the 1.5...

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Jul 22, 2013 - Free Breakfast For 14,000 In Cheyenne

When we arrived at the Plains Hotel on Sunday afternoon, the clerk reminded us that on Monday morning we should go next door to Cheyenne's Depot Park for the Free Pancake Breakfast that the Kiawanis pull together three mornings during the Frontier Days Celebration. We kept waiting for the punchline. But none was forthcoming. So, around 8:30 AM, Dee and I, press credentials in hand, went across the street into Depot Park to find that more than 6,000 people had already been fed that morning. People come from work, for sports events, from...

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Jul 17, 2013 - Fifth Stop - July 17 to 19 - Cheyenne, WY

Wednesday--We left Kearney, NE this morning at 9:40am, earlier than we usually get going. Crossed the Time Line into Mountain Time, so we are now two hours behind Eastern time. There were head winds on I 80 all the way and with the hills after flat NE, we were only getting 9.6 mpg on the computer. This was driving at 61 mph. Arrived in Cheyenne at 3:15 MT and set up at the Terry Bison Ranch RV Park. We only got a site at the back of the Park with water and electric because of Frontier Days in Cheyenne starting Friday. A lot of the...

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Jul 9, 2013 - Heading back to CORA

Left Gillette, WY around 12:30pm after Debbie's final Wound Care appt. She now has all of the supplies she will need and in a few weeks she should be good as new. Drove to our boondocking place in Cheyenne, WY for the night. Beginning Mileage: 28,485 Ending Mileage: 28,728.8

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Jun 23, 2013 - Colorado Springs, CO to Cheyenne, WY

The two days at the Elk Lodge in Colorado Springs seemed to just speed by. The first afternoon it was very hot so I ended up in the pool. It was heavenly. Later that evening we attended their spaghetti dinner. Very good food and they served it fast and hot. Loved the small cream puffs with cherry chocolate sauce. Saturday was a day of frustration. My printer just wouldn't print. It copies and scans just fine – but it only prints weird characters – one line per page – when it does print. Most of the time it won't even print. I found several...

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Summer 2013 Travels

Jun 16, 2013 - 2nd Day at the Ranch

Today we took the train ride through the Buffalo farm. On the way to the train ride Debbie slipped an fell and cut her left knee pretty bad. We did not realize how bad it really was till a few days later. Tinker. Tinker was born in 1975 in North Dakota and was a Champion Bull within the North Dakota Bison Association. Ron Thiel purchased Tinker in 1986 to become the breeding bull for the Terry Bison Ranch. Visitors marval at his magnificent size of over 2,250 pounds. It is estimated that he has produced over 1,200 calves during his time as...

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Jun 15, 2013 - Terry's Bison Ranch

Today we will be staying two night at the Terry's Bison Ranch in Cheyenne, WY. It is a Passport American Campground (which means you can camp for 1/2 price). Their policy was for only one night though. So we did that and then paid full price for the 2nd night. It was well worth it. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at their restaurant. We both had a Bison Burger. We probably could of shared it as they were so large and very tasty. Address: 51 E I-25 Service Rd Cheyenne, WY 82007 (307) 634-4171

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