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Vacation Part Two
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Fern(Mi)    Posted 05-02-2004 at 08:12:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Douglas, Wyoming
Stopping in the middle of the street, hailing a police officer, I had to ask him, “Where do we park to go shopping?”
“Right where you are is fine.” he answered, my unbelieving ears. Likely seeing an under stated frustration written across my face with his instruction, he added, “No body running cattle through town any more, the streets are our parking lots now. “Call it a tourist thing.” and he winked and drove away. We were tourist alright. Half of Wyoming’s Summer population came from Michigan, or so these folks told us. I suspected a public relations thing and the whole citizenry was good at it.
The streets a block wide, I did it, I shut it off, climbed down with my tribe, leaving old Chug-A-Boom right there in the middle of a city block wide street parked and went shopping. A daily ritual for fresh milk, bread, meat, and fresh fruits and vegetables especially for the kids.
Store’s collected and stowed, family loaded; I turned us headed North. Picked up county road out of town, paved for a whole block or two before swinging west from where I was headed. From here on the road eventually dwindled into a two track. A continuation of the county road out of Douglas, I understood to be graded twice a year whether it needed it or not.
Along the way the kids got to see a strip mine for coal delivered by rail to a powerhouse just outside Douglas. Further on cattle and sheep here and there, sometimes even blocking the road, kept the children alert. The jack rabbits, antelope, and mule deer bounding about hither and yon entertained the kids better than a Sunday Night Disney TV movie.
This was range land, a fact we often had to deal with, slowly winding our way into a gully and its switchbacks including a creek’s ford to reach the other side’s higher ground; and, slowing to near stops to rumble over truck, kid, and/or teeth chattering cattle guards. The sounds from the back seats was indeed interesting: “Move cow. Dumb cow.” or “We’re having fun now!” or “Look at the hop in that one!” referrals to the wild life bounders, “Which one?” and “Look at’em over here!” And, then there was coming from the wife‘s half of the front seat. “Do you know where we’re going? Do you know what you’re doing?” Darn if vacations are not but a sometimes trying joy. While continued talk from behind my ear, “What kind of a bird is that?“ “A Golden Eagle.“ I might have answered. Thank the Lord this leg of our journey was only a three hour fifty-four mile shortcut. When we see three, once a week delivery, mail boxes we will be almost there.
Continuing along our way we pass a place once called Bear Creek. Last time I was there, the place was wide open, the proprietor having just up and walked away, leaving behind the building, a dilapidated windmill, a barrel for kerosene, and the store‘s shelved with unsold stock‘s. Understood it to have been a Stage Station and Post Office once upon a time. Traveling through this country no houses are seen. These people building below winter wind forces in sheltering creek bottoms. And then also, locations for ranches and associated facilities depended upon water. No water, no nothing. And so we rolled on to the mail boxes.

SusieQ    Posted 05-03-2004 at 02:52:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wow...Mr. Fern,
What a vac story, do you ever do articles for RV camping? Folks, as well as me love hearing about parts of this wonderful country.

I might add, any and all planning a vacation, see America first, well worth the time, energy spent.
Take the back roads too, beautiful and very interesting. Thanks for telling us this great vac.

Ron,ar    Posted 05-02-2004 at 17:06:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
are a ghost writer for Louis Lamore? (sp) Well, ya should be!

Patria    Posted 05-02-2004 at 11:37:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your vacation stories make me anxious[sp] about one my husband and me are planning throuth the states. Not that we need one real bad, our first year of marriage we spent it traveling so we thought we beter stop it for a while and spend the money we don't have, wisely. We'll celebrate our third wedding anniversary this coming october.
Thanks for sharing, Fern!

DD    Posted 05-02-2004 at 10:39:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some of ya'll just tell the best stories : ) Thanks for sharing them with the ones of us who can't ; )

~Lenore    Posted 05-02-2004 at 12:11:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with you, DD.
We have such interesting folks on here with interesting adventures and misadventures...
..makes me feel boring!!

Clipper    Posted 05-02-2004 at 08:51:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wife has been gnawing at me fer a year now to plan a cross-country camping trip for us....I'm thinkin it is in our immediate future to take the time for that.... and show the boys some of this great country. :^)

Alias    Posted 05-02-2004 at 08:37:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Quickly read about your vacation and then Nancy called. We're having Son and DIL over for dinner today. got to get on those honeydooooooes I'll read and absorb this later when the rush dies down........have a good day Fern, ......gfp

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