Our lives now include living at one of the nicest senior communities in the USA. Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, CA. We will still travel in the RV but not full time.

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.

Medicine Wheel, truly an ancient and completely spiritual place

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.

Guarding the Medicine Wheel were two hawks. One let us approach.

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.

Top of Big Horns and clouds play tricks with us

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.

Some nights are perfect!

Little Big Horn Battlefield campground with storms moving from the west each nite

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.

Independence Rock where all the wagon trains passed

Walked back from Indep. Rock and was almost blown away!

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.

We don't site see every minute or every day.

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.

Trains carry coal all day long north and return south empty. Coal power is used for energy here.

I just love this picture of Russ at Medicine Wheel

Comments on: "Eastern Montana and Wyoming" (3)

  1. Ed Tippetts said:

    Great to hear from you. The pictures are terrific. You sound as though you’re having a nice time, even getting along with Russ. Earl looks great. Hope he is happy. Keep us informed. Ed

  2. Rita Marie Greenawalt said:

    Hey you two…just was talking about you both last night and wondered where your adventure had taken you..we were in SF and on into Seattle for gift shows stock market crashed day before SF began..didn’t stop CA buyers. Went to incredible restaurant in SF Financial Dist. Tyler Florence has several one in Mill Valley (fried Chicken and deviled eggs to die for. (Zak’s customer) Wayfare Inn a must for you when you get back to SF.

    Reagan Marie…more precious every day made local news tonite..Stanley cup was in Ketchum and Zak set her in it..she smiles at me now!!!!

    Nik completed summer school he took test today 74 questions and got a 92. A in Health and A in Math..He was beaming and has incredible support going into Senior year. We are so proud of him!

    Missed you when we were in CA..but enjoyed Kay,Todd& Brandon!!

    Kristi..check out Cheyenne I have no stores there if anyone can find them you can! ..see if you can find me a couple for Park Hill in your travels.

    Love hearing from you..love the blog!

    Safe travels

    Rita

  3. May Cotton said:

    So great to see and hear about Wyoming, which is so dear to my heart. Glad you’re having a good time. If you want to stop in Spokane on your journey, we have a guest room and a place to park the RV on the street. And yes, it’s okay to bring your dogs in the house — as long as they don’t eat my cats!

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