Wyoming - the 44th state
September 10, 2009
Wyoming is on Mountain Time Zone
|Below: Photos Karen Duquette took while Lee Duquette was driving their big RV through Sheridan, Wyoming. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.5 square miles of which 8.5 square miles of it is land and 0.04 square miles of it is water.
Below: Passing through Sheridan Wyoming, the two RV Gypsies made a brief stop at the Bozeman Trail Overlook.
Bozeman Trail began as a gold-rush trail-a shortcut from the main trail
on the North Platte River to the gold fields of Montana. The several routes
of the trail overlaid earlier Indian, trader and exploration routes in Wyoming
and Montana. While only about 3,500 emigrants traversed the trail in 1864-66,
its most significant consequence was that it cut through the Powder River
Basin, the last and best hunting grounds of the Northern Plains Indians,
and led to military occupation of the region and ultimately resulted in
the Indian wars on the Northern Plains. After emigrant use ceased, the Trail
served as a military road to the forts until it was abandoned in 1868 following
the Fort Laramie Treaty. It was used again in 1876 by the forces of General
George C. Crook, and shortly after the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the
route was opened and used by settlers.
Below: Scenery from the Bozeman Trail Overlook
Below: Big Rocks all over the hillsides - they seemed so out of place to the two RV Gypsies.
Below: Some kind of storage containers, that appear to be partially built into the hills.
|Below: A lone tree in the middle of little red hills, plus a short row of trees behind a big mound.
Below: Welcome to Gillette, Wyoming and a metal statue. Gillette is a city in and the county seat of Campbell County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 19,646 at the 2000 census. Gillette is a small city centrally located in an area that is vital to the development of vast quantities of American coal, oil, and coal bed methane gas. The city calls itself the "Energy Capital of the Nation".
Below: Crazy Woman Campground in Gillette. No one was at the office when the two RV Gypsies pulled up. A sign gave two telephone numbers to call to get a site. Both numbers had a voice message on them to leave a message. So the two RV Gypsies just picked an empty site and eventually found someone to pay to park in the campground. No one ever called them back.
There was no TV at sites, but there was cable in the lounge. The lounge and laundry room were combined, and the outside door was always open. There is a hospital adjoining the campground, so the two RV Gypsies sat in a hospital waiting room to watch TV for awhile. Trains could be heard all night long as they passed nearby blowing their very loud whistle. Karen Duquette hates the train noise while they are in a campground. That makes it harder to fall asleep, at least for Karen. Lee Duquette can sleep anytime, anywhere.
Below: The new yard of the two RV Gypsies for one night anyway.
This was just an overnight stop at the campground as the two RV Gypsies head to the Badlands.