Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Between Wendover and Salt Lake City, the salt flats are on our...

Out side of Salt Lake City, we're heading up the canyon...

I thought the wind turbines in front of the snowy moutain range...

These particular hills reminded us of the Badlands in SD, note the...

Tunnel on I-80, road work just on the other side!

These hills looked almost like ocean waves to us, can you see...

It's pretty on Hwy 287 as we approach Alcova...

A small portion of Alcova Reservoir as we sail on by!

Enjoying breakfast with Uncle Ed & Aunt De...

Dropping back down into the valley, the road seems to go on...

It's kinda cool scenery to watch though...

This pic doesn't really do the yellow ground cover justice, trust me...

Larry loves old broken down barns and houses...

And I think the windmills are pretty cool!

Okay, so this was pretty much our view for at least 200...

Green, green, green, we're almost there! See you later...


We left Ely on Thursday afternoon. We got a later than usual start trying to wrap a last few things up before heading out. It was a pleasant uneventful drive but we were glad to finally arrive at the Wal-Mart in Evanston, Wyoming about 9pm. Since we entered Mountain time and are on daylight savings time, it was just getting dusk when we arrived. We were pretty dismayed to discover that this particular Wal-Mart caters to big rigs as well as RV'ers and was quite 'full'. There are a set of train tracks running right beside the lot and there were sporadic trains running all night! Not a particularly restful night's sleep, LOL!

The next morning we continued our journey, turning on Hwy 287 in Rawlins, destination Casper, Wyoming and one more night's layover. It was a pretty drive past the Alcova Reservoir and the rolling hills eventually turning into beautiful red rocks as we enjoyed the meandering North Platte River. I was amazed at the number of pronghorns (a member of the antelope family) this year. I do believe they have tripled since last year! They were everywhere.

Arriving in Casper, we decided to set up camp at the Sam's Club parking lot, which was large, quiet and basically deserted. We met my Aunt De, Uncle Ed and cousin Shari for an excellent Mexican dinner at Guadalajara's. This has pretty much become an annual ritual and we always enjoy our meal, and of course visiting with them. We spent a couple of hours together, then headed home for some much needed sleep, agreeing to meet for breakfast in the morning before departing. With hugs and see you again next year promises, we got on the road about noon.

We traveled Interstate 80 all day Thursday. Man I dislike traveling the Interstates! If there is any decent highway running nearby we'll chose it every time. Three years ago they were working on this Interstate near Flaming Gorge and it was a mess, and it still is! In addition, there was a 6 car/truck fender bender and that cost us 30 minutes. Yuck.... Did you know that interstates ending in an even # (like I-80) run East & West and interstates ending in an odd # (like I-15) run North & South? Perhaps that is well known but I didn't figure it out until our second year on the road!

There were thunderclouds building as we made our way east on I-20 but it was pretty. And green as far as the eye can see. There has obviously been an abundance of water in Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and South Dakota this year! We were supposed to turn on Hwy 18 but missed it and traveled 14 miles before there was an exit to turn around! Bummer, 28 miles and 30 minutes out of our way. Ah well, we enjoyed listening to our David Baldacci audio book as we observed the many pronghorn as well as sheep, horses and cattle along our route. We saw deer only once, but not to worry Onyx, there will be plenty in the Black Hills! We didn't notice many flying insects although our windshield certainly evidenced the fact that there were many. Not unusual with the amount of water everywhere! On our last 'stretch stop' we decided to pull into the car wash when we arrived in Custer. There is one bay large enough to accommodate our 5'er and Larry wanted to give it a good pressure wash before setting up for the summer.

We arrived about 4:30pm, did a quick wash & rinse job and arrived at the campground just in time to get mostly setup before a light rain arrived. It didn't last long but the thunder and lightning sure did! All night in fact....No matter, we are very glad to be here. It feels like we've arrived home. Well, at least to our summer home. Larry can't wait to get the Sea Eagle inflated and on the lake. And we're looking forward to exploring these beautiful hills once again. We've got the GPS charging so we can pursue a few geocaches. And of course we'll head out exploring the wildlife loop and the Needle's Hwy soon. But for now, I'm going to put out the awning, pull up a comfortable chair, and read a good book. I can't wait!



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