4th of July on the Oregon Trail and at Ft. Laramie

Trip Start Jun 30, 2009
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Trip End Jul 09, 2009


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Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Saturday, July 4, 2009

We began our 4th of July by driving down the main street of Guernsey, WY just before they began their parade.  It was pretty funny - we waved and the people waved.  Our destination was a wonderfully maintained section of the Oregon Trail, in which the wheel ruts had worn down the soft rock.

We continued on to Fort Laramie, on of the longer-standing forts along the emigrant trails (in some form it lasted 20+ years in the late 1800s), and enjoyed NPS Frontier 4th of July - kind of an Open House in which there were Pony Express re-enactors, horse drill team, an American Indian ethnographer Michael BadHand Terry (who was hilarious in showing us how to shoot from a horse and has a great web site http://www.warriorsplus.com/index.htm), bakers, etc.

After a fantastic dinner in Glenrock at the 1916-era Hotel Higgins with its restaurant The Paisley Shawl, we closed our day with some nice fireworks over Casper, visible from our hotel.

No rain today!
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