An intrepid woman traveller
Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
54Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Ryan Park, Medicine Bow National Forest
Saturday was a beautiful sunny day, and I decided to drive to Saratoga, 30 miles away, for a decent meal. Hotel Wolf - 'since 1893' - turned out to be a lucky choice. I had a 'Wolfburger' and two glasses of New Belgium Dark Ale - everything was delicious and the setting was great. All of Saratoga (population 600) apparently come to the Wolf for Saturday lunch. Check it out at www.wolfhotel.com.
Sunday morning at the campground turned out wet. For the first time during my trip there was a light rain, when I packed. I then headed back towards Saratoga and further on to Rawlins along I-80. On the way I stopped at Fort Fred Steele. It was built in 1868 to protect and defend the Transcontinental Railroad that passed through southern Wyoming. Not much remains but, as usual, there were excellent information posters that explained the lives of the soldiers, the Indian battles, production and transportation of ties from Medicine Bow down the Platte River for railroad construction. In the 1920-30s the Lincoln Highway (the nation's first transcontinental highway linking New York and San Francisco passed through here). When the Interstate highway system was established, with the I-80 being located a few miles north, the town was gradually deserted, and today only a few buildings and ruins remain.