Yesterday was a long day in the car but most likely the most beautiful
scenery I have seen. We had a great visit and with Charles’ brother Peter
and his wife Cindy. And it so happens that Charles’ sister Liz and
husband Loren were visiting at the same time from their own road trip.
It was a short but great visit. We left Sheridan in the morning and drove about 40 minutes to The Slack School, the one room school house that Peter teaches at. It is near Parkman, WY way up the hill amongst several ranches. We met 7 cute kids ranging from 1st to 5th grade. (in first photo) I felt like we stepped in to Little House on The Prairie. Peter
spends every minute of the day with them. He serves them breakfast and
lunch daily and usually they go on hikes or kayaking or cross country
skiing in winter. Tons of outdoor activities. Much more fun than my grade
school days. But as soon as they complete their studies here they have
to go to a regular sized
school in a town about a half hour away. That must be a shock for them.
On our way up to the school we had a most memorable experience.
As we were driving up we noticed the road had a lot of manure all over. I thought perhaps a truck was spilling it off or something. Nope. As we came around the corner there was a giant herd of cattle being driven by real life cowboys and their cattle dogs. We spoke with one of the cowboys and they were moving the cattle to their summer range about 10 miles away. Amazing to watch the dogs at work herding them along. We got to drive, slowly of course, right through them. They were on all sides of us. Sorry, but I thought this was so amazing. I am a city girl after all. From the school we made our way to Jackson, WY and going over the Big Horn National Forest and past the Tetons was just incredible.
Driving up and down the very windy road of the Big Horn took my breath away. We took a few pictures but I could not capture the wide openness and views. If you have never been in this area then you must. The snowy photo of Charles and Kozmo is at the top of Big Horn. As you head down you go through Wind River Canyon. The mountains and rock formations and colors are constantly changing. Then you come to the pass that brings the Grand Tetons in to view. I understand now why some of the properties and ranches near Jackson are millions of dollars. They all face these mountains. Imagine waking up to that every day. Of course I can not leave out the famous “World’s Largest Mineral Hot Springs” in Thermopolis, WY.
I had no idea this was here. We just drove passed it so we took
advantage of hiking around it to stretch our legs. The weather was
70 degrees and perfect. In the park there was the structured pool
and spa from the hot springs but we hiked up to a bridge that crossed a river and when you turned around you saw the mineral cliffs and springs. The water at the source of the spring was hot hot. We finally made it to Jackson Hole. Stayed in a tiny but nice Antler Motel right in town. It is off season so most places were closed for another 3 weeks until the summer crowds filter in. This morning we get to finally clean the guns and will start driving toward Vegas. Not sure where we will stop tonight but we will visit Park City, UT along the way. My best friend Michelle lives there and wouldn’t you know it they are in Hawaii of all weeks. We will have to take a photo in front of her house and text it to her. I just can’t believe we are missing her. I have been trying to visit for so long.
Thanks for putting up with my travel stories. This works out to be a diary for me as well.