Into Wyoming

Current Location: Sheridan/Big Horn Mountains KOA, Sheridan, Wyoming

Today we were up and moving (this mountain time stuff is tricky) early, though not as early as some of our neighbors. Malcolm jotted out a few postcards that we needed to catch up on and we walked down to the office to mail them out. We browsed their store for a bit, checked out the coffee and wine shop they have on site and Malcolm wandered over to the horse ride concession to pet a few of the horses (they were eating their breakfast, so they were not very attentive).

We hooked up and pulled out around 9:00 and headed back down the hill to Rapid City and filled up the truck at the Flying J at the interstate. Then, it was back on I-90 west towards Wyoming.

Welcome to Wyoming

Welcome to Wyoming

Wyoming Welcome Center

Wyoming Welcome Center

Petrified wood at welcome center

Petrified wood at welcome center

We stopped at the welcome center inside Wyoming and inquired about visiting Devil’s Tower, since it looked fairly close. It wasn’t too much out of the way and the welcome center staff mentioned that they had parking for big RV’s, so off we went. It’s a nice loop, though lots of steep hills (up and down) with semi-sharp curves (35-45 mph) on some areas.

Devil's Tower from a distance.

Devil’s Tower from a distance.

From the road leading into the park

From the road leading into the park

Up close

Up close

We made it to the entry gate and the gentleman there gave us a slip of paper and said we didn’t have to pay unless we managed to find a place to park (honor system, I guess) since they have fairly limited parking for RV’s. We lucked out when we got there and found a space on the very end of the RV parking (it’s all parallel to the road coming in). As we were getting out and checking to see if our trailer was sticking out too far in the traffic (it kinda was), the motorhome in front of us pulled out, so we pulled on up.

Really close

Really close

We got our passport book stamped and decided to go ahead and eat lunch there, fixing sandwiches and stuff from the outside kitchen and eating on a bench in the shade. After lunch, we did a short hike up a trail and got pictures. We got back in the truck, pulled out from our spot (sort of tight, but not bad) and paid our parking fee ($10) on the way out. We headed back across country and got on I-90.

We got off at Gillette to fuel up. This sculpture was located at the bottom of the exit ramp.

Cowboy at exit ramp

Cowboy at exit ramp

We pulled into the KOA in Sheridan right at dinner time (mountain time, at least). Malcolm and David finished setting up the trailer as Val started dinner.

Our "shaded" site at the KOA.

Our “shaded” site at the KOA.

We ate dinner, relaxed for a bit, ran out to KMart and grabbed a few groceries, filled up the truck across the street and headed back to the campground to relax.

Here are today’s license plate results – 28 out of 51.

License plates

License plates

By the way, we updated yesterday’s short post with updated information. Scroll down to read it.

 

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One thought on “Into Wyoming

  1. You are just a stone’s throw from Bills son Aaron’s house. Two weeks ago there was a hailstorm, with golf ball sized hail right on that side of town. Cars at Kmart parking lot and used car lots around had a lot of damage.
    Now you’ll go through billings. Hope you get to go see Big Horn battlefield. Bills other son. Chris lives on the eastern side of billings, Lockwood community. Bills ex lives on the western side near the new shopping center and zoo. Wish we were back there.

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