Day 48-49/Drive to Douglas, WY
Trip Start May 01, 2013
140Trip End May 01, 2014
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I was enamored with the cloud formations. The sky is so blue and the clouds in the distance over the hills so white and puffy. Some taking on great shapes of things known.
The trains are absolutely amazing
We have seen some quarries - coal...and small drilling arms scattered throughout the prairies for the oil.
June 16 - In Douglas we went to the train interpretive center and they had a Steam Locomotive, a Dining Car, a Sleeper Car, animal transport (double decker), a Baggage Car and a Caboose! Some we could go inside. They were pretty neat - some back to the early 1900's. Then off to the Prairie Museum which turned out to be 8 rooms chock a block full of everything you could imagine, artfully arranged by period - from the fossils that date back millions of years, to all the wars, the clothing of the early settlers and the indians, all the wars uniforms - then cowboy things galore from saddles, to buckboards, to buggies, to guns, rifles, swords, etc, etc. etc.
We stayed over night in Douglas with a hotel with a pool, so the kids enjoyed that as well as going to a water park as we waited for Heather to join us, so it wasn't ALL educational for those two little guys. There was a little fun mixed in....
I forgot to tell you about Hulett. A little town 8 miles from here (population 363) There was also a small museum there that was part art gallery and rather upscale, but nonetheless full of interesting things from Wyoming. As we were walking around we noticed a sign for a fundraiser for the fire department and a young firefighter came across the street to invite us to the free barbecue - so we came back and had the dinner, met a few locals and the kids got a nice ride on a large truck originally from the Chicago area. Thinking of you T.H.!!
The smallest town, that we saw only the sign for, was for LOST SPRINGS - Population - 4!!! Wonder if they have a post office? We have seen several tiny ones in our travels
My right hand is suffering from carrying my big camera around to the point where it is swollen and the ring finger is beginning to curl up (don't want an operation on the tendon out here). Other than Aleve and soaking my hand in the hottest water I can stand, which helps to relax the finger to where I can straighten it out for a short time. Anyway, I only mention this because today (17th) we leave for our Family Motor Coach Associations Rally in Gillette, WY for 4 days, so I'm thinking that I won't be taking many pictures, so maybe the hand will recover a bit before we head up into Montana and the shutter will be clicking non-stop for the next two months!
Hope all of you are well.