Thursday, August 19, 2010

Just when you thought it was safe....

I'm back to trip planning. I think I left my readers somewhere in Kansas. At the end of Day Three. Huh.

Well, Day Four is easy. We're driving to Denver, where we have friends to visit. We are also hitting Rocky Mountain National Park and then ending our day in Laramie, Wyoming.Whether or not we hit something in Laramie is yet to be seen. Is this the same Laramie as Ft. Laramie on the Oregon Trail? I don't know. (It's not. Boo hoo.)

Here are the things that still are on our list for the drive out:
Old west town/ ghost town
Gold mine/Gold panning
Continental Divide
Prairie Dogs
Great Salt Lake

Huh. The Bamford National Wildlife Refuge is just west of Laramie, but it "has no public access". So no buffalo or prairie dogs for us there. "See buffalo" and "where to see buffalo" aren't the helpful google search phrases I need.

(And in my internet quest, I forgot to go pick up Sweetling after her Tae Kwon Do class. Poor Sweetling.)

Here are possibilities for Wyoming:
 Fort Bridger--(4 hr 24 min from Laramie) History comes alive as visitors enjoy the many restored buildings, interpretive displays in the newly renovated museum, mountain man trading post and the archaeological exhibit adjacent to the museum.
April - October; 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m; Most site grounds are open year round, museum/visitor center open weekends only April & October. vehicle day use fee $4.00

Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge--The 27,230 acre Refuge protects a mosaic of riparian, wetland, and upland shrub habitats along 36 miles of the Green River. The river is an oasis that bisects the vast high desert sagebrush plains of southwest Wyoming. (We'll probably pass on this one.)

 Muddy Creek Historic Backway--The Muddy Creek Historic Backway provides access to locations well off the beaten path. Twenty-five miles of back roads will lead you from a real western ghost town to Muddy Creek, one of the most famous camping spots of the western migration. The byway starts on WY-219 in the town of Fort Bridger.

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