Monday, November 19, 2012

We enjoyed our visit to the Denver area. Visited with some friends and relatives, then it was time to hit the road again. So, we headed north on I-25 with the threat of rain following us. We saw rain in the distance but it was behind us a bit so we weren't too concerned. The area north of Denver consists of open range and a combination of farm houses and small towns. After crossing into Wyoming, the landscape changes little but becomes more ranch style than farming communities...

This was our campsite at Chatfield State Park. In addition to full hookups, they had showers, restrooms and laundry facilities throughout the park. They also had a 70 leash free dog park with two lakes. Jasmine didn't want to leave this area.

While Denver/Golden is known for Coors Beer, just north of the City is the Budweiser Brewery where they offer free tours daily....

Even though we saw rain in the distance, and cloudy skies overhead, traffic was light to none and the weather was cool. Debi and I had some times when we had trouble breathing due to the altitude. Local lore says, Coke and a candy bar will help deal with the altitude.

You can see some rain falling off in the distance. These farmers welcome the rain and clean, cool and crisp air it brings. 

Approaching the Wyoming State line we were greeted with a huge steel statue of a Bison overlooking the highway from a mountain top perch.

Welcome to Wyoming....the nation's 44th State..admitted July 10,1890. Known as the "Cowboy State", Wyoming is the most extensive, yet ranked 50th in the US in population and 49th in density.  Lots of room to roam...
Cheyenne is Wyoming's largest and most populated city. If you're passing through on the Interstate, take the time to use the Business Routes as you pass by some of these larger cities. You'll be surprised, usually it's a pleasant one, at what you will see. Interstates allow us to get from point A to point B quickly but much of the true "America" is lost when we are in too big a hurry.

It is home to Frontier Park, the Fairgrounds and the Old West Museum.

These "snow fences" attest to the harsher weather this area experiences in the winter months. They are designed to keep the snow and ice from forming on the roadways. Because of the very long and spacious flat lands, the winds are greater along this section of the roadway.

Where once only large ranches featuring range cattle once stood, today small farms and large ranches coexist.  Driving along this section of roadway was peaceful and harks back to a time when life was slower and more laid back.

Small two lane roadways once traversed this open land connecting many of the small towns with names like Torrington, Douglas and Chugwater. Today the Interstate bypasses these towns and to reach them requires getting off and seeking them out. Your reward is small towns with good food.

Ribbons of concrete connect Cheyenne with the town of Casper. Our destination was the town of Glendo and the Glendo State Park along the Platt River.

We climbed a bit off the plains of central Wyoming into some smaller rocky hills. The rain stayed down on the plains and we were treated to blue skies with some puffy clouds.

Finally arriving at our destination, Glendo, Wyoming. Not exactly as big as Los Angeles nor as busy as Las Vegas, but we will be calling it home for the next few days........

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