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After a brief drive drive around Boulder we drove up to Estes Park and then onto Rocky Mountain National Park. They only cleared the roads a few days ago and there was still lots of snow around. However the weather today was glorious. We took a nice walk around Sprague Lake ...
... and we are searching for a parking place. People who live near the fair grounds are selling parking in their driveways for $10-25 per vehicle, but they are all full. We finally find an open spot about seven or eight blocks away that will fit our long, white van. Cheyenne Frontier Days is much like a state or county fair, although it does not have the exhibition of animals, arts, crafts, produce, and baked goods like many fairs we have experienced. There is a vendors ...
... her, we also had to stop and then trot to catch up too. Neither Astrid or I had any kind of command over our horses but luckily they knew what they were doing. Our guide was Casey, new to the ranch from a previous job breaking in wild horses and part-time rodeo rider. We returned just as a thunderstorm was starting and quickly headed home with thunder and lightning crashing all around us.
So, another American experience chalked up and a lovely day out.
We spent 4 hours on the road driving to Cheyenne, Wyoming to visit with Jenee's family. Ruth & Jim her Aunt and Uncle and we are staying at her cousins' LeAnn and Kendall's house.
It is enjoyable to see the continued change in the countryside of rolling hills, long trains, seeing a couple thousand cows in a feed lot and farmers starting to get into their fields for the spring.
Fun Fact - Do you know the elevation of Cheyenne? Is it higher ...
... the edges, but there were some nice areas closer to the downtown. We drove by the Historic Old Wyoming State Penitentiary which was a pretty impressive looking building.
From Rawlins we once more headed eastward on I-80. Shortly after leaving town, we crossed the North Platte River. If we remember our history correctly, the North Platte was the river that had the Oregon Trail on one side, and the Mormon Trail on the other.
Early on today, we were at ...