Jul 26, 2006
. I've no idea what was further south. It maybe that the area gets prettier the further down you go. That is the way with a lot of places. We just didn't want to take the time and felt we had better sites awaiting us further down the highway.
As we got closer to Cheyenne and I started trying to find a motel for the night, we found out that they had their big annual rodeo going on and motel prices were high for the few rooms that were available. So drove on through to Sidney Nebraska for the night. This turned out to be a better choice since there was a Cabela's store across the road from our motel. This was a big deal for they guys in my family since they're always drooling over the Cabela's catalog when it comes in the mail. By the time we were settled in our room the fast food restaurants had closed for the night and we just didn't have the energy or the appetite to go looking for a real restaurant.
We actually were able to travel almost 600 miles and still see the sites and relax along the way.
We took 84 East out of Ogden and headed on through Wyoming. Beautiful country!!! Our first stop, other than gas, was at the welcome center just pasts Evanston to get info on the Flaming Gorge. The guy there was quite helpful and told us that if we wanted to see the most without going all the way down and back up again, we were better off taking the East entrance down to Fire hole Canyon. We stopped off in Rock Springs, Wy. for lunch at Cruel Jacks Restaurant. They had pretty good food and nice atmosphere, family dining style - with some cowboy charm thrown in. Rock Springs is situated at the north east entrance to the Flaming Gorge. The drive down into Flaming Gorge and into Fire hole canyon was okay, but we never could figure out how either got it's name. Fire hole canyon is set up more for recreation. You can get down to a beach area and go swimming, or launch your boat at the boat dock, there were even camping spots. Shade was no where to be found -- it was definitely a canyon. There were tall rocks up above that were interesting to look at, but just didn't compare to Bryce Canyon as far as picturesque