Saturday morning we got up ate breakfast, hooked up and drove to the
Cheyenne, Wyoming KOA. GPS wanted me to drive on a dirt road but I
ignored it and it eventually adjusted. We saw several Pronghorns
along our ride.
We went to walk on the Cheyenne Greenway and that night we
went to dinner at a Thai restaurant. Food was good and tasty but we
have never had portion sizes that big in a Thai restaurant. The next
day we got to walk on a different part of the Greenway before the
rains came. Unfortunately it wasn’t just rain. We were blasted by
golf ball size hail. When the storm stopped the toppers had several
holes, one of our vent fans also had a hole. When I when up on their
roof to tape the cover I saw that my truck driver side mirror had a
hole in it but otherwise seemed ok.
When the sun came out several days latter we found that the truck
also had some fist size dents on the bumper, the hood and the cab.
On Monday we went to breakfast at a diner and met my cousin the
Rabbi in the Cheyenne Jewish Center and his wife. I had never met
him although we met his mother and aunt a few years ago. After
breakfast they took us over to see the synagogue. We drove back on
some snow or hail covered roads.
The next day we got on the road early but quickly ran into
rain that turned to snow. Driving was no fun in snow and fog.
Fortunately it was only raining when we left I 80 for 289 the
scenaric drive to the Tetons and Yellowstone. For most of the road
it's called the Chief Wahakie Trail but it’s just as scenic.
It was still raining when we got to Lander, Wy but stopped the next
day. On Wednesday we were able to go to the Sink State Park in Wind
Canyon. The river goes into a cave runs underground and goes a 1/4
mile before coming out.
We went back to they campground and the next day drove to Dubois
KOA. After setting up we drove to the fish hatchery and then several
miles on a dirt road through the Whiskey Basin wildlife management
refuge. Unfortunately we didn’t see any wildlife although we saw
some domesticated horses by the side of the road.
We returned to the campground and went
for a walk in town and on the river.
The next morning we walked in town and went to breakfast in the
Cowboy Cafe. While walking we saw signs for a Pack Horse race for
Saturday morning. Since we only had 80 miles to go on Saturday we
asked for a late check out. Then we went to the National Mountain
Sheep Center. We finished our walk by walking on the River walk
again and then went into the Center for an informative tour. It’s
a small museum but we watched some video interviews and a short
Saturday we got up eat breakfast and got ready to leave. Then we
walked back to the park where the race was to be held and
watched the first part of the race. There were four teams of two
riders and one pack horse each. The riders had to set up camp, a
tent, and unsaddle their horses, unload the pack horse and remove
the pack. When the race started they had to take down and fold the
tent load the pack horse and saddle their horses and go out on a 7
mile course. Trotting only ft for no galloping. Upon their return
they unsaddled their horses unpacked the pack horse, rested
the horses for 15 minutes and did it all again.
At that point we left, returned to the trailer
and headed for Grand Teton National Park.