Monday, July 16, 2012

West Yellowstone, Montana-Big Timber, Montana-Sheridan, Wyoming-Cheyenne, Wyoming (July 13-16, 2012)

The next leg of our journey was a long 747 miles with our destination being the RV Family Camp at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The trek would be split into four days with two overnight stops. Our first day on the road was uneventful, traffic light and the scenery beautiful.

We arrived at the Big Timber, Montana KOA mid-afternoon and settled in for a short stay. The RV park, itself, had a giant water slide next to it and being Saturday there were hundreds of people with their kids creating a cacophony that went into the early evening.  Thank goodness they closed relatively early, but unfortunately, many of the people in the water park were staying at the RV park, too. To top it off, the park was close to a very busy train track so besides having to listen to unruly people, train whistles and rattling tracks we did not have a great night's sleep.

Departing early the next morning we made the next leg to Sheridan, Wyoming in about four hours arriving at the Sheridan KOA shortly after noon. Once setup, we ventured into town to see what was happening. The town was bustling and it looked like a big event was happening. It seems,though, we had just missed a week long annual event, the Sheridan WYO Rodeo.  The WYO is a major stop on the rodeo trail for top cowboys and cowgirls from all over the world.

Back at the RV park we had our first campfire in almost 7 months.  We, Guinness and Rosco got some good walking in and by the time it was getting dark we all slipped off into a deep sleep.  So different than from the night before.

We had made this a two day stop for some sightseeing. Early Sunday morning we retraced our route up I-90 to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. I had studied this operation led by Lieutenant Colonel George Custer and his 7th Cavalry and this was a perfect opportunity to see the actual site.  Reading about it does not compare to standing on the ground where it happened.

The site of the "final stand."

The next morning we started our final leg of this long trek. This leg was about 330 miles so we were going to be on the road for a while. We departed a bit before 9AM and arrived at the Warren Air Force Base RV park shortly after 3 PM. The drive, as were the past two days, was uneventful.  The scenery had changed quite a bit from when we left Yellowstone.  We were skirting the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains and were on the western-most edge of the Prairies. Still the sights were very beautiful.

Once we were set up we took a nice long walk around the area.  So very quite even though there were a lot of RVs there. Tomorrow we had several things on our agenda so we had an early evening. We all needed the rest. 

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