Monday, July 4, 2011
From Star Valley RV Resort, Thayne, WY
Time to get caught up on our travels. We headed out of Arlington Tuesday morning continuing our trek to the west. We made it to Dumas, where we stayed in a new park called Dumas RV Resort, located about a mile south of Dumas. Brand new, all gravel, but with full hook-ups and 50 amp service. You really can't call this a resort, but it met our needs.
From Dumas we headed on toward Raton, NM to hit I-25 north toward Colorado Springs and Denver. Since we were making such good time, we decided to surprise our good friends Mac and Lynette, who were staying in Cheyenne, WY.
We didn't let them know we were coming, but called the park and got the site right next door to them. Mac came jumping out of his fifth wheel when we pulled in.
We had a great time in Cheyenne, spending some quality time with our friends and exploring Cheyenne. Of course, we did manage to eat a bit, too. -:)
One afternoon, while Mac and Lynette were off in Colorado visiting some relatives, Donna and I went to the 'Gunslinger Show' downtown.
At the end of the show there was even a hanging... and I was the Hangee !!! Since Donna was also part of the hanging, we got no pictures. They picked on me because they found out I was from Texas... and here I was in Wyoming wearing shorts and tennis shoes. -:)
But I did get a nice straw cowboy hat out of the deal, compliments of the Wrangler store.
Located next to the Wrangler is the Cheyenne Depot, which is now used as a visitor's center and museum, with a Pub and Grill on one end.
We also visited quite a few other interesting sites:
The Botanic Gardens
This painting is of Quail Dobbs, a famous Wrangler Bullfighter 'Barrel Man', whom we have met several times at the Lufkin Rodeo.
We stayed at the Terry Buffalo Ranch RV Resort, which is a part of the Ranch owned by Ron Thiel.
Mr. Thiel stopped by our coach one afternoon as we were sitting outside and we had a long visit learning of the history of the ranch. Consisting of almost 30,000 acres, it is the 2nd largest Buffalo Ranch in the US. They maintain a herd of about 3000 head, which increases to 5000 after calving season. Ron is a very interesting guy and we had a great time getting acquainted.
We also took a ride on their train that circles through one of the herds.
We traveled around a small part of the ranch seeing lots of exotic animals, but particularily the buffalo herd.
Our last night in Cheyenne we went to the Senator's Steak House and Saloon on site for an excellent meal. In addition to Mac and Lynette we were joined by some new friends from Arkansas ( Larry and Paula ) and California (Al and his wife).
I will end this blog with a great Wyoming sunset...
'till next time.....