Wyoming Part I: Cheyenne

Including Wyoming, we have seven states remaining on the Lower 48 in 48 Tour. The others being Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada, in that order. We planned our first Wyoming stop in Cheyenne, and then we would follow I-25 north to Casper and Cody before continuing north to I-90 in Montana. (We actually plan to visit Jackson Hole when we get back down to the eastern side of Idaho). The trip from Park City to Cheyenne was going to be over six hours, which does not make for a fun and relaxing day. Of course, a six-hour road trip is totally doable, but we had no schedule and no one waiting for us, so we divided the trip in half. We drove from Park City, Utah to Rocksprings, Wyoming on the first day, and boon docked at a Wal-Mart just off the interstate. The next morning we drove the rest of the way to the KOA in Cheyenne, also just off the interstate…but with hook-ups.

We were in Cheyenne for about two weeks, from April 21st to May 4th. The weather was pretty awful for much of the time we were there. We knew bad weather was coming, so we spent our first two days outside at Curt Gowdy State Park, because we could. We had lots of indoor days because of rain, snow and a blustery unforgiving wind. We had dinner downtown a couple of times. We found out that the Rib & Chop house serves boiled crawfish on Sundays starting at 4:00, so of course we did that. We also had some great bar food at Sanford’s Pub & Grub. I also took advantage of the 102-mile proximity to Denver and drove down to visit my besties. I got to my friend Amy’s early in the afternoon on Sunday and drove back home Monday afternoon after lunch and shopping. We cooked a big dinner with my friend Janet on Sunday evening, and then met her downtown again on Monday for more food at lunch. It was a great quick visit.

Cheyenne is the Capital and most populous city in Wyoming. It is also home to Warren AFB and has a population of around 65,000 . The downtown area was built around the railroad industry and the history of the city is celebrated in grand style. The largest event all year is Cheyenne Frontier Days, which is a rodeo and western celebration that started in 1897. The event is enormous and draws about 200,000 people to town each July. It would be fun to come back and experience all the hoopla in person one day!

It didn't take long to find the windmill farms along I-80 as we traveled east.

It didn’t take long to find the windmill farms along I-80 as we traveled east.

The landscape changed a bit as the highway rolled along.

The landscape changed a bit as the highway rolled along.

Camping at Wal-Mart.

Camping at Wal-Mart.

There were still some patches of snow on the ground as we made our way to Cheyenne.

There were still some patches of snow on the ground as we made our way to Cheyenne.

Since we planned to be at the Cheyenne KOA for a week or longer, I asked them to give us an end spot. It made things a little less chaotic as passing travelers arrived every evening and departed the following morning. We even got our own tree!

Since we planned to be at the Cheyenne KOA for a week or longer, I asked them to give us an end spot. It made things a little less chaotic as passing travelers arrived every evening and departed the following morning. We even got our own tree!

A rising moon over the grassy plains by our campground.

A rising moon over the grassy plains by our campground.

Antelope everywhere.

Antelope everywhere.

Granite Reservoir at Curt Gowdy State Park.

Granite Reservoir at Curt Gowdy State Park.

We knew bad weather was approaching, so we hurried to the State Park as soon as we arrived in Cheyenne. We wanted to spend as much time outdoors as we could while possible.

We knew bad weather was approaching, so we hurried to the State Park as soon as we arrived in Cheyenne. We wanted to spend as much time outdoors as we could while possible.

A "side lake" near the Granite Reservoir.

A “side lake” near the Granite Reservoir.

My afternoon tea table on Saturday afternoon.

My afternoon tea table on Saturday.

My tea server at the Nagle Warren Mansion took me on a little tour of the historic 1888 home. I loved seeing all the sections of the wonderful structure.

My tea server at the Nagle Warren Mansion took me on a little tour of the historic 1888 home. I loved seeing all the sections of the wonderful structure.

Afternoon tea at the Nagle Warren Mansion. The three ladies next to my table really did it up in style!

Afternoon tea at the Nagle Warren Mansion. The three ladies next to my table really did it up in style!

The historic 1888 Nagle Warren Mansion.

The historic 1888 Nagle Warren Mansion.

The Crystal Reservoir at Curt Gowdy State Park.

The Crystal Reservoir at Curt Gowdy State Park.

Piper, Cessna and I walked the trails at the park while Mike fished.

Piper, Cessna and I walked the trails at the park while Mike fished.

Curt Gowdy State Park stringer.

Curt Gowdy State Park stringer.

You can see why we wanted to spend as much time as possible outside when we got to Cheyenne. This is what I saw when I awoke on our third morning.

You can see why we wanted to spend as much time as possible outside when we got to Cheyenne. This is what I saw when I awoke on our third morning.

The rain- snow was gloppy, so we covered the floors with dog sheets to try and control the mess in the house. Piper and Cessna lounged while I worked on updating the blog.

The rain- snow was gloppy, so we covered the floors with dog sheets to try and control the mess in the house. Piper and Cessna lounged while I worked on updating the blog.

Is it raining or is it snowing?

Is it raining or is it snowing?

Last week of April, 2016.

Last week of April, 2016.

Piper loves his toys.

Piper loves his toys.

Some of Mike's fish. This batch was probably from somewhere in Utah.

Some of Mike’s fish. This batch was probably from somewhere in Utah.

What do you do if you visit on a Sunday? Cook a big Sunday dinner, of course!

What do you do if you visit on a Sunday? Cook a big Sunday dinner, of course!

Fondue anyone?

Fondue anyone?

The Downtown Cheyenne Boot.

The Downtown Cheyenne Boot.

I just loved this giant red and white building near the depot in downtown.

I just loved this giant red and white building near the depot in downtown.

The Cheyenne Depot building.

The Cheyenne Depot building (part of it).

stage mural

There were several murals in downtown Cheyenne, and this was my favorite – on the back of a hotel in an alley.

Rodeo Boot.

Rodeo Boot.

The Capitol Building was under construction, so I only took a photo of the dome.

The Capitol Building was under construction, so I only took a photo of the dome.

Selfie at Sanford's.

Selfie at Sanford’s.

Inside Sanford's in downtown Cheyenne. It is a small chain with other Wyoming and Montana locations. We had fun looking at all the STUFF everywhere!

Inside Sanford’s in downtown Cheyenne. It is a small chain with other Wyoming and Montana locations. We had fun looking at all the STUFF everywhere!

The wind died down on the last night we were in Cheyenne, so we decided to build a campfire for the evening. Mike had to hurry up and light it because Cessna started stealing all of the wood from the pit.

The wind died down on the last night we were in Cheyenne, so we decided to build a campfire for the evening. Mike had to hurry up and light it because Cessna started stealing all of the wood from the pit.

Big sunset dove.

Big sunset dove.

 

 

One thought on “Wyoming Part I: Cheyenne

  1. Amy B Stern

    How much fun. I love those murals, too. Amazing the climate change isn’t it? Welcome to the Wild, Wild West in more ways than one!
    Glad we made the blog for fondue night!!!1

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