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... are all covered in dust!
Jackson looked like a fun place to stay. The famous arches are made of elk antlers which are shed naturally after the fall rut each year. They are gathered up by the Boy Scouts and auctioned off each year. The proceeds are used to buy food for the neighbouring Elk Refuge to support the elk over the Winter.
We stopped for a coffee in a café and were amused to see coverage of the Nudge Unit that apparently ...
... could have stayed there all day taking pictures but we had to leave and make our way to Rock Springs, WY for the night. It was such an amazing drive. One minute you were in the mountains, the next you were surrounded by HooDoos (which make ours in Drumheller look small). We had booked tonight at a KOA for 2 reasons, the first being that after 3 days of travel we thought the kids might like to play in ...
It was an early morning this morning, as we wanted to make an early Coors Brewery tour. As it turned out, the tours started at 10, so we had plenty of time. We parked on the street and caught the shuttle bus, which drove around a bit of Golden, then went to the brewery. It was a self-guided tour, so we just followed the signs and listened to the audio provided. It took about an hour and then we went to the gift shop. Around noon, we headed north on Hwy 25 to ...
... We drove to 10,847' (with peaks rising another 2000' higher) over the Snowy Range Bypass where the aspen were glorious in gold and peachy gold autumn colors.
** Oh, yes, up in the Medicine Bow Mtns., more than half of the pines at high elevations were gray ghosts: killed by the Mountain Pine Beetle.
** Lots of oil wells scattered individually across the prairies, and two collections of ENORMOUS wind farm wind mills. ...
... an hour on the clock and the unexpected stop at the Apple Store, we ended up in Rock Springs, about 100 miles short of Rawlins. Glad we're not on a schedule. Tomorrow we head to Nebraska and will see where the road takes us. It's nice to not be pressed for time; our only goal Is to be off the highway no later than 5:00 ...