Although fireworks are legal here, there are only a few pops and bangs from across the river around 10:30 PM on Saturday and then all is quiet. Perfect.
Thermopolis, WY, is a wonderful little spot to spend a holiday weekend. No crowds anywhere but the hot springs park, and since we can just drive through, we do so on a several occasions.
The locals are very friendly, there's plenty to see and do - even more if you want to get outdoors in the hot temps. There are three RV parks in town and we like Eagle RV Park the best (only a couple sites have the sewer hose near the picnic table so just ask to be put somewhere else). Best of all, the area is quiet and beautiful.
After Bill fishes for a couple hours, and Tessa and I walk around the park, we return to Wind River Canyon on Sunday morning. The drive here in the motorhome was amazing, but all the pull-outs are on the southbound side and I very much want to spend some time taking it all in.
|One feels very small below these impressive walls|
|Small trickles of water are visible high on the cliffs, but there is evidence of massive water flow in several places along the highway|
|The Wind River now shares its canyon with a railroad and Hwy 20|
|Boulders the size of houses dot the shore and create islands in the river|
|These mutant flower stalks stand over five feet tall - pretty, but kind of creepy|
|Occasional spots of iron add color|
|A large pinnacle towers over a curve in the highway|
|All are over 15' high, but I still ducked my head when we drove through in the motorthome :-)|
|Each of the outcroppings is a tunnel|
|The river narrows by the tunnels, adding excitement to a rafting trip|
|Getting wet on this hot July day sounds pretty fun!|
|Can't even wrap my head around that number|
|Look great for their age!|
|So grateful for the freedom to enjoy such beauty at our own pace|
|In the distance we can see half a dozen of the herd|
|Driving around the hill we're able to get closer - plenty close enough.|
|Such an amazing animal, about the size of an F-150. I do NOT need to get out of the Jeep to take a photo!|
|I don't know how she can see where she's going.|
|Pretty purple-tongued girl|
|A small red rock canyon just out of town|
|where you need to remember to close the dang gate!|
|Tiny spots of moss at your feet|
|and large views when you look up|
|Several properties have this as their view - wow!|
|From the other side of the river, we look back at where we were.|
|We never get tired|
|of the red rock here in the southwest.|
Two fast food places remain open and are reaping the rewards with several cars in each drive-through. We opt for quick sandwiches at Arby's.
We miss the bulk of the storm and the opportunity to rinse all the dirt-road-dust off the Jeep. Thermopolis is quiet, but there are still signs of life here. I'm somewhat relieved. We might want to avoid crowds, but that "last people on earth" feeling isn't what we're going for :-)
Monday night we can hear the big show from the state park, but can't see anything in the sky. We're fortunate that Tessa has no reaction to fireworks or thunder. Soon the quiet returns and we're off to bed.
Tuesday we're off for a week in Cody, WY, where hopefully we'll get the Jeep fixed, see all sorts of wonderful places, and find cooler temps.