Well, I cannot believe I have not blogged for so long, but am glad some of you go see my gallery of pictures when I invite you to go see them.
We arrived in Cheyenne, Wyoming today. It has been quite a trek south. The campground outside of the Battle of Little BigHorn was so nice we spent a week. It saves a lot of money and we are learning to stay a week as often as possible. Then we drive everywhere in the car. Russ just checked and we are out of money for the month. Guess living on retirement is harder than we expected. One very good thing is that gas in Wyoming has been so much cheaper and our new spot in Cheyenne is very cool, we will stay the week and save money. We have trees overhead and we are excited to get in a visit with my childhood friend Jim and his wife Paula who was a sorority sister of mine in college. Jim is the one who got me to work in Washington D.C. and to run for office at U of I. They are taking us out for dinner tonight.
At any rate since the incredible experience at the top of Big Horn Mountain range, where we touched ancient time and spirits at Medicine Wheel, we have traveled down Wyoming and visited sites having to do with “How the West was Won”. The trails in the dirt, Independence Rock, the Mormon Cart Museum have been fascinating. Casper, however, was one poor campground. You all know I loved living next to the train tracks but this was 100 feet close and pretty rough looking. It was close to great shopping and the car brakes were replaced. But the wind was wild! In fact we left after two days and went to a state park last night on the Platte River.
We have only camped in state parks or federal parks a couple of time as we like being hooked up to everything. But it can be a big savings and more like camping in the wild. The reservoir was huge on the Platte, and the surrounding canyon covered with scrub bushes and pines. We looked out over the lake and did not have a ton of people on each side of us. I liked it. However, what a wind, lightning and rain storm we endured for the evening. It was beautiful and scary and the whole RV needs major dusting.
Did I tell you about all the miles of RR tracks we have followed and that in Montana and Wyoming there are trains carrying coal that are about 3/4 of a mile long. They go north full and south empty. And yes, coal power plants. Talk about getting another point of view being out here and listening to the way these people think about energy. Not that it has changed me, but I have learned a lot!! Also there are individual oil wells on people’s ranches as you travel along.
Another thing I am taking in and thinking about is the Indian Nations I am seeing and the people on them I am meeting. You talk about a problem and discrimination. At the 7th RV Park next to the battlefield, the owner told me that if the Crow kids get in a fight with white kids, it is a federal offense and they go to prison!!!!! If they fight with their own, the Crow nation handles it. That is one small thing of the many you run into. He also could not bear to coach the kids, because of the number of suicides of the kids. They give up and have a friend drive the pick up fast and then they dive off.
Well on that note I shall add a few photographs and send my love. We are still glad to be doing this and we have not killed each other so far. Most of the time we do great and the girls are true travelers now.
Aside: Ok, today , Monday, I am adding the photo’s from last week and taking the day to work on blog and gallery. Russ is working on RV projects. Tomorrow our friend Paula is taking us on a little tour. We already drove downtown and the buildings are incredible. Will probably do a new blog Thursday all about the Union Pacific Railroad and this town. It is filled with incredible buildings and old west stories. It was quite the wild town in the 1860’s.