Laramie Wyoming

Trip Start May 19, 2013
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Trip End Sep 01, 2013


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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Arrived in Laramie, Wyoming. It is a much smaller city than I thought it would be.

We got ourselves situated at the KOA campsite. It is still early enough that we rested a little then drove to the downtown area to check it out. It is late Sunday afternoon, the downtown area is almost empty of people. I am surprised as they are supposed to be holding their annual "Jubilee Days". What we found out is that there was a rodeo in the morning and as it gets closer to the end of the week there are more events held.

While in Cheyenne yesterday, we met a man who told us we had to have a beer at the Buckhorn Bar in Laramie. We found the Buckhorn Bar, it is in an old historical building. It has a huge wood carved bar with "tons" of stuffed heads and animals that have been hunted and donated to the bar. But since the '70's it has become most famous for a bullet hole in the mirror behind the bar. The story behind the bullet hole as told to us by the bartender is: in the 1970's a male patron of the bar fell in love with a female bartender, she didn't want to have anything to do with him but he wouldn't let go. One day, the man got very drunk and upset, he started shooting his gun (38 something or another, don't remember). He went across the street and shot through the window of the bar and hit the mirror. Luckily he didn't hit anyone but he apparently got 10 years in jail for that stunt.

The current bartender also told us that her father has an elk he hunted on the wall of the bar. It is a huge "trophy", I think this is what these poor stuffed animals are called. We finished our beers and headed out to find a place to eat. We didn't find one as all the businesses were closed. I am sure if we would have asked someone we would have found a place, but we decided to go back to the campsite to make a late dinner.

While I was cooking (pasta tonight) Manuel and Chuckie were outside. A neighbor came by and started talking to Manuel. He and his wife (Jerry and Billy Ogden) are from Arkansas headed to Oregon to see their daughter perform in an annual event held in Oregon, BI-Mart Williamette Country Music Festival. Their daughter, Amy Clawson, is a professional country singer who has performed with some well known country singers. They invited us to their RV, we went over after dinner. They are a very nice couple and gave us their contact information so that when we are in Oregon we could contact them and hopefully can get us tickets to attend this country music festival. It will be held in August and we hope to be in Oregon at that time. They also gave us one of their daughters CD's.

It was a very nice visit, but it is now late and both of us are heading out tomorrow and need to get some rest. By the way, they have a huge A class beautiful rig. Huge!
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