Well into Southeast
We got held up on posting
since our Datastorm Satellite is a FRED after all, and refused to find
and sync up to the satellite so we could get connected. After posting
about our problems on www.datastormusers.com
we are now back online. It just started working again and nothing we did
really helped, me thinks.
But happy is happy so now
I can connect without using my Droid in tether mode. Lucky we have had
a great 3G sig all across WY and also in SE ID. Way to go Verizon.
So now I need to do a blog
We hit the road and left
the hills of Laramie and got all the way to the west side of WY.
We stopped at Kemmerer at
a so called RV park... not much to speak of except it was $30 a night.
The other option in town
But the town was nice and
had just had a music festival event over the weekend, we just missed.
I liked the town hidden
down in a valley away from the winds of winter. Nice downtown square and
well kept bulldings. Great grocery store. Full service with deli and bakery
with an attached liquor store.
Next up north to Alpine and
on west on HW 26 in Idaho.
The dam view at Paliasides
Reservoir west of Apline. They had full hookup pull thru sites with $8
Senior Pass. We took a close look and had lunch there but decided
to move on. You know me I just had to explore to find that perfect
site on down the road. It was just noon after all...
We did at last land at
Kelly Island BLM campground. and YES at $5 a night with Senior Pass
at Heise, ID.
Our site at Kelly BLM campground
right on the river. We had to settle for a site not right on the river
but within view as the two river sites were double sites (wanted double
Now for some pictures of
the Snake River
As you can see it is prime
water release from the dam so we don't think there is fishing unless you
have a power boat.
These guys looked like they
were having fun.
A view along the way
of the Snake River.
We went for a day trip but
did not find any spots we could pull our 5er to. The road along the
river on the north side were just to rough to ever pull a trailer over.
And the water was too high to fish anyway.
We will stay in our nice
BLM site and day trip from there and determine when we will move on and
But for right now we are
happy to enjoy life as we find it.
Temps are warm but not hot
and cool breezes so who could not be happy.
Still at Vedauwoo
Campground in Wyoming.
The truck hood up. Ground
Squirrels and or Chipmunks tend to climb into the truck and eat wires and
such. So if you open the hood a bit they stay away. They like to also eat
the firewall insulation as we found out.
We did a day trip to explore
the area. Right off the bat we wanted to a take a FS road that connects
to the main Happy Jack road HW 210 but it was so washboarded we just had
to turnaround. We don't do that often as we love to explore FS roads but
this one was so bad we gave up.
We then took a fast trip
to Laramie for some supplies and on the way back we went over to the Ames
Monument right across from our off ramp I-80. We are on the east
side and this is on the west side. Do click on the above link site from
the folks at Roadside
America ... Your online guide to offbeat tourest attractions.
So as you can see no posts
about the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo that we did
go to today.
they say, plans are to be broken, and after more thought it was determined
this would have been a hot and stressful outing.
have done this event before and me thinks... as the saying goes, I'm just
not that into Cowboys.
we are enjoying the cool temps right here and would you believe we had
to put on sweat pants and sweat shirts as the sun went down. We retreated
to the 5er so I could do a post which I had said outside I was not going
to do tonigjht, but here I am...
we will regret it as we move further west and do a drop in altitude from
this location (8400 feet) and we find the heat returns at the next campground.
at camping north of Sinclair, WY on the North Patte River. Free developed
boondocking sites that we have stayed at before.
Onward to Wyoming
and a great campground find.
Between Laramie and Cheyenne,
Wyoming off Interstate 80, is a very interesting rock formation called
Vedauwoo. The origin of the name is either Arapaho or Cheyenne meaning
"earth born." Thought to have been created by playful spirits, the jumble
of rocks is a rock climbing mecca. Tucked in among the fancifully eroded
topography is the Vedauwoo campground.
Recently renovated and
expanded, Vedauwoo offers nicely configured and growing in popularity for
RV and motorhome camping. 28 campsites with tables, fire rings, trash pick
up and vault toilets. Water, no dump station $10
It is cool here in the low
70s and feels wonderful after the heat in the midwest. We are above 8400
feet after all.
The walk-in tent sites are
so secluded campers might expect a visit from the bygone outlaws who used
the Vedauwoo as a hideout. Several trail heads at the campground provide
interesting and challenging adventures for both hikers and mountain-bikers.
For us this is only $5 with
Senior Pass a night and just what we needed to get this trip off to a great
start now that we are in WY.
We are going to spend a
few days right here. Their are many FS roads to explore. AND did I mention
the temps are just right. Need time to acclamate to the altitude.
See the reflection of the
rocks in the window.
We found some firewood in
a vacant site and grabbed it up. A campfire is in our future.
guys were on top of the rocks in the picture above this one.
love my new Canon T2i with 50-250 mm zoom.
found out that Cheyenne Frontier Days are now going on. Do we plan ahead
may troop back to Cheyenne in the morning and go the the PRCA Rodeo.
world-class rodeo is truly the Daddy of 'em All. Known for its fast pace
and large number of contestants, the CFD rodeo ensures that visitors see
more rodeo action (over 40 bulls and 70 saddle and bareback broncs daily)
than they can see at any other rodeo. Every event is performed in each
of the nine daily performances, so any day at Cheyenne Frontier Days is
a good day to see an exciting, action-packed rodeo.
(we have G3 Verizon service out here in the boondocks) and there are tickets
we can take WY 210 which is Happy Jack Road (there is a forest service
road from where we are at to it) (see map above) then right to the shuttle
bus area on the west side of town. Pay $10 for the shuttle and that includes
admission for the both of us. Rodeo tickets are $17 to $23. Not bad. I
did a printout of the seats that are shaded. The rodeo starts at 12:45
and goes to 4:30 a big day of events.
many years when last attended this event, it was wet and cold. Not
to worry this year, me thinks.
A big day across
and on the old Lincoln Highway. The road was smooth and hardly any traffic
so we could go at about 55-60 and not have others stacked up behind us
as if we were on the Interstate just to the south of us.
got to see how the towns along this route have evolved over time. You can't
see that rushing on down a super slab.
locals seem to be doing just fine. Relaxed expectations to be sure but
life was abundant. No goast towns did we see.
long last we came upon Terry's mecca Cabela's.
was a time in years past the first time we came this way I think he wanted
us to stop along the highway at the first sight so he could get out and
bow, or was it to take a picture of the first sighting. I this time
I refused to stop except at the gas station across the road from the World's
Foremost Outfitter. We always run low on fuel as we can't stop till we
get here. He got out and I think there might have been a brief pause when
he slumped to the ground with hand raised before he proceeded to get diesel
in our truck. Now if they just had a natural hot spring for us to bathe
in. Now I could get into that. After all it was over 95 and very humid
Our FRED internet dish took
three tries to find the correct satellite but it did at last lock on.
did make it to the official Cabela's RV Park. How could we not camp anywhere
else. A bit pricey at $35 for full hook up but who is counting the small
stuff. We were here at Outfittersers Central, as we next had to go
both got new Cabela's walking shoes at a good price and a couple of other
items. We didn't need much.
you believe we have most of it already.
Movin on down
got hooked up about 8 AM and boy was the humidity high. Water was dripping
from everything. Including us.
saying goodby to Terry's folks we were on our way. His mon cooked
me a great birthday supper last night,
a from scratch angle food cake.. 12 egewhites it think were in it. I ewven
had to blow out a candle or four. My Oh My.
By driving US30 in weatern
Iowa we went through a couple of river valleys. Taking I-80 is very hilly.
This is a easy slow route going west without the strees of heavy traffic.
Life in the slow lane, our way of traveling.
One of the reasons they
built the Lincoln Hiway along this route in the river valleys is it follows
the railroad right of way for the most part.
Found this sign in western
out this National Scenic Byways Program site. The Loess
Hills Scenic Byway.
Americans think of Iowa as having little topographic variant. However,
in westernmost Iowa the Loess Hills rise 200 feet above the flat plains
forming a narrow band running north south 200 miles along the Missouri
River. The Loess Hills of western Iowa are truly an American treasure.
The outstanding prairie and forest covered bluffs draw people from around
the world. With an impressive network of state parks, private preserves,
and national landmarks, travelers to the byway have a myriad of opportunities
to see and explore this natural wonder.
Sure we could have rerouted
and explored the Loess Hills to experience this world wonder. But we did
not. I wanted to at least get out of Iowa (our birth state) as we have
been here since late May. You know how it goes, people only go to landmarks
in their area when friends visit and they have to show off the local attractions
that they have never seen themselves.
I think I'll wait for Nick's
Gypsy Journal story on it. He was just in Iowa at Britt so how did
he miss this story.
We had several flag stops
with one way traffic. Lots of road work on US 30. Still making the old
Lincoln HW better. Not sure why they were double covering this road with
blacktop. But would I trade this for an interstate crazy drive? No never.
This is the way to travel seeing the sights and the local towns alone the
We just had to stop and get
some local tomatoes and cucumbers. Many a stand was along the route.
A tomato was $1 each but
well worth it me thinks. I remember when one green pepper was also $1 at
Wally World a while back. Can't wait for the tomatoes and steak from the
grill for supper later tonight.
We landed in Schuyler, NE
at the green push pin. At their City
Park on the south side of the town. We didn't quite make it to Grand Island.
For once I stopped at a decent time 3:30 PM. I'm getting better me thinks
at getting out of vacation mode.
A very nice location with
open sites for our Sat Dish and at $10 for 50 amp and water. We will remember
Our DataStorm F1 Internet
dish came up and found the satellite sig in good order. These things do
work, ya know.
And it has a extra SL-3
LNO so we can also get DirecTV HD channels.
I forgot to print out the
Streets and Trips maps but fired up my Droid Incredible smart phone and
clicked the maps app and spoke into it since it knew our current
location. "campgrounds" and it came right up with this city park.
Told it to take me there and so it did. I knew it was one I had researched
earlier, so it would be a good stop for the night.
I told my human navigator
in the right seat... Terry to take a nap... as my FRED would do the job
He asked if "it"
was going to also cook supper tonight... He does have a point. He does
wait on me hand and foot.
Yes he does... Damn...
Having a good evening with
chipped ice in my Margarita. Life is good.
Will have to watch America's
Got Talent later to see who gets voted off. This show is so stupid we have
to watch it.
Time to get the
heck out of town.
are still at Terry's parents farm jsut west of Cedar Rapids, but
not for long, as the chicken house has a new roof, so on Wednesday we will
pull up stakes and head on out on US 30 across Iowa and Nebraska on our
way to Idaho. I have been researching the state and have a plan of attack,
me thinks. I have Streets and Trips packed with push pins for boondocking
places. We shall see how the adventure goes.
course fly fishing is going to be a big part of it.
up in eastern Iowa along the Lincoln Highway in Clarence and Lowden.
is from west of Cedar Rapids in Newhall also along this famous cement slab.
first road across this country.
are not in a rush so instead of taking Interstate 80 west we are going
to follow the old LH route across Iowa and Nebraska.
US 30 now goes from Ames,
IA and crosses the Missouri River at Blair, NE to Fremont, Columbus and
then Grand Island.
So we don't hve to drive
the Interstate through Omaha this time.
Read more about it...
The Linclon Highway Assoc.
where we are at right now. DataStormUsers
map ID 98
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