The Greatest Road Trip USA? - Our Round USA Road Tour.
The State of Wyoming, USA
Part of a year long trip from Sept ’94 - Sept ’95 through 36 USA States and 2 Canadian Provinces by Jean and Graham Beven in ‘Serendipity’ their 30 foot Winnebago Chieftain.
Wyoming - Round Trip USA
We were in the state of Wyoming, USA as there was nothing on our must see list of places to visit.
There are however five National Wildlife Refuges, twenty Bureau of Land Management areas, six National Parks and ---- State Parks in the state of Wyoming.
The State Tourist Office for the state of Wyoming, USA is: Wyoming Division of Tourism - 532 South Perry Street, Montgomery, AL 36104.
13th Entered Wyoming, from Montana, just inside Yellowstone National Park. Followed an anticlockwise route from Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris and Madison- into the caldera - Down to 'Old Faithful' - Round to Yellowstone Lake - Up through Fishing Bridge, Canyon Village - out of the caldera to Tower Roosevelt and headed out of the park at the North East Entrance.
Yellowstone National Park is based on a caldera (volcano) 30 miles wide by 45 miles long. We crossed the ‘Continental Divide at 6393’ elevation, 8500’ and 8300’. Weather nice but windy. Yellowstone tremendously enjoyable even with the smell of sulphur everywhere. A long hard drive today but really worth the effort.
We saw lots of geysers including ‘Old Faithful’ plus lots of animals including Elk, Bison, Deer and Otter. All geysered out – All bisoned out!
Visited Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone just south of Canyon Village - We saw 'Bighorn' sheep at a salt lick on the canyon wall
14th Back into Montana for two days.
16th Left Montana and moved into Wyoming - Travelling day from Sheridan, MO. to Hyattville, Wyoming.
17th fishing and chilling out at the Hyattville, Archaeological Site. Jean caught 2 brown trout, Graham caught 3. They were delicious!
18th From Hyattville to Boysen State Park via Thermopolis Hot Springs, WY. Blew a tyre today – called out ‘Good Sam’, Nevertheless a great visit to the hot springs.
19th From Boysen State Park to Riverton. Travel day and domestic. A scenic drive.
20th From Riverton to Laramie.
Not an awful lot to see in Laramie. One or two historic events. A triple hanging in 1868 by vigilantes. The old theatre where the first US woman juror sat. Once the home of the Plains Native American until 1860’s when the railroad was built to ease the ‘Whiteman’s’ rush to the west.
21st From Laramie to Rest Area I-25. via Cheyenne. Started the day with a visit to the University of Wyoming , Anthropology and Geology department Museums . Very interesting. Not a lot to see in Cheyenne. so carried on to have a quiet night in at a rest area on I-25.
22nd From I-25 to Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Spent a good day travelling – taking in Fort Laramie, Wyoming, on route. Midway on the historic Oregon Trail the fort was much the same as others we had seen.
There was an interesting section in the visitors centre and museum about ‘Buffalo Soldiers’ – Black members of the US Cavalry. So called by the Sioux as the soldiers close cropped hair resembled the fur on the buffalo's neck. There were also exhibits from the very beginnings when trappers and traders used the area and a section about the emigrants who used the Oregon Trail.
The original fort was a palisade wooden fort, like the ones you see in the movies. It was known as Fort William then. Later it was replaced with a larger adobe structure called Fort John. The remains of the final fort to be constructed here was a large sprawling barracks surrounding a parade square. Fort Laramie housed two full companies of cavalry and a company of foot soldiers. The Cheyenne to Deadwood Stagecoach used the fort as a stopping place.
In the 1830's and 40's the fort served as a social and economic centre for the Sioux. They became 'hostile' then and later with the end of Sioux hostilities the fort was abandoned in 1890.
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