Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cheyenne, Wyoming (July 16-20, 2012)

I have always wanted to visit Cheyenne, Wyoming, but wasn't quite sure why.  Maybe because of all the references to it in Western literature and the Western TV shows and movies. We had scheduled three full days here to do some exploring and to catch up on some errands.

The Francis E. Warren Air Force Base is the oldest active military installation in the U.S. Air Force and is one of the nation's oldest and continuously active military installations. It is located at Cheyenne's city limits and it is a brief 3.5 miles to downtown. The downtown area, itself, is very historic and while we were there it was obvious the Historic Downtown District was in a major revitalization effort.

As luck would have it, we were visiting Cheyenne just before their major event of the year, Cheyenne's Frontier Days, the largest outdoor rodeo in the U.S. and the world. Every where we went one could see preparations for this event. We were actually told by some locals that unless we were participating it was good we would be leaving on the day it started. The area goes into a semi-controlled mayhem for 10 days.

With our errands completed and our sightseeing finished we relaxed and took it easy on the afternoon before departing.  The base's RV park sits in an oak grove and is in a very quiet area so it wasn't hard to just kick back, play with the boys and vegetate. Tomorrow we will head out and make a short trip to our next destination, Colorado Springs, Colorado.


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