Sunday, April 24, 2011

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.  We woke up to a light snow on the ground with temperatures just below freezing.  I was not fast enough to get a picture of the snow plow at the rest area.  We could see evidence of their work, however.  All the bridges and overpasses had been sanded.

We hung around the Welcome Center until temperatures were in the mid 30s.  We were not the only ones there overnight.  We had two other neighbors in RVs and apparently someone pulling a utility trailer slept in their car.  Hope they weren’t too cold.  We were warm and comfy under our down comforter.  The furnace was set of 55 and it ran off and on all night.

The Wyoming Welcome Center at I-25 mile marker 7 allows overnight parking according to Day’s End.  The lot is posted with a 4 hour limit, but, if you ask, they always say “yes”.  However, we got there after the attendant had already left for the day.  We were a little unsure of what to do since it was clearly posted with a time limit.  We got out Day’s End Directory and reread their comments and decided to stay.  Just about dark, an employee drove around the lot, even spoke with one of the RVers.  When he left without telling us we had to leave, we felt assured it would be fine to stay.  Thank you, Wyoming.

This morning we moved over to Sierra Trading Post.  They also allow overnight parking and as long as you don’t block the trucks, you’re fine.  The sign out front and on the door says they’re open on Sunday from 10 til 4, but apparently not today.  Not sure whether it’s because it’s Easter or if it’s because it’s still winter here.  They’ll be open in the morning.  Surely, we can wait to do our shopping until then.

This is a very large complex with the huge retail store and the mail order distribution center separated by a large truck and RV parking lot.

With a lousy weather forecast for tomorrow, we decided to alter our plan a little.  The state capitol is only open during the week and we had originally planned to park at a campground and hang around until Monday to do our sightseeing.  Weather for Monday doesn’t look good, so we decided to walk around downtown this afternoon and head out in the morning.

I must say, it was a very pleasurable experience downtown without people or traffic.  We had all kinds of parking along the street; even would have been room for our motor home.  We could drive very slowly and look at everything without someone being right on our bumper. The down side, of course, was that everything was closed.

After walking around the capitol complex, we drove up and down several blocks in the historic district.  We parked again down by the old trail depot and walked around a couple blocks down there.  The depot is now the Visitor Center and also houses a couple of restaurants.

We filled up the motor home this morning at Flying J.  Had to pay 3.62 for gas.  Their diesel prices were 4.03 (cash) and 4.09 (credit).  It’s high, but we waited until today because it is cheaper in Wyoming than in Colorado.

That’s it for today.  Thanks for tagging along.

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