Friday, May 8, 2009

May 8, 2009 Scotts Bluff to Casper, WY

The scenery is really getting rough and rugged now. The Laramie Mountains can be seen from many miles away. When we first saw the highest peak, we knew we were in the "real" Wyoming. It seems like we drove forever westward on US-26 and the tallest peak just seemed to get a little closer. When we reached I-25 and turned north, we saw miles of the range. I-25 parallels the range, turning west at Douglas to Casper. We passed our old friend, The Platte River, several times. Up here, it is a large river, unlike the small creek we saw further downstream. Soon after curving west on I-25 from Douglas, we started to see Casper Mountain and its range. There is still snow in the tops of these mountains. Wow! We had been hearing reports of snow flurries mixing with rain in these parts but it was startling to see the snow near the peaks. We pulled into the Casper East RV Park, a Good Sam park in, where else, Casper. The park is at the foot of Mt. Casper. The interior roads in the park are dusty and the sites are kinda cramped but the location is good and we have full hookups and cable. Soon after setting up here, our son arrived and we spent a large part of the rest of the afternoon and evening with him. He has lived in Casper for several months, now, after leaving economically depressed Michigan to join the energy boom in Wyoming.

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