What a wonderful way to start off in Wyoming!
First, it’s windy and 70! Can I get a hallelujah??
We cannot find camping because it is Frontier Days (one of the biggest rodeo celebrations in the country by the way) here in Cheyenne. Just a few miles out of town, we find dry camping in a place called Terry’s Bison Ranch!
I have so many pictures that I didn’t know where to start! Upon entering, you see a trading post, a small “Main Street” back drop with stores, jail and guns, etc….all set up to look like a true western ranch. Add restaurants, featuring bison burgers and ribs (ummm, no thanks-you will see why shortly)….and this place is so great!!!
Animals Everywhere!!! We ladies don’t know what to do! This gentle couple is right next to our camper! Believe it or not, they are hiding a little foal between them! They’re like Hollywood Stars hiding their children from the paparazzi, so I say thank you and move along….
All ranches need Ostriches! A person fav of mine too. We became fast friends and he follow me around as far as he could. This guy is not shy about posing for photos!!!
And of course everyone expects to see Camels in Wyoming, right???? (What??)
Donkeys too! So cute!
What about Llamas??? Absolutely, Yes!!!
And what western ranch would be complete without cows? Actually, this guy was a solo act which was a surprise but the ranch is over 27,000 acres so his buddies are likely on the range someplace laughing a poor Maurice, who is stuck entertaining the tourists!!!
The entire ranch is dog friendly (leashed, naturally) except for this part…Hello Bison!!! You can take a train (cute and kitschy) out to the range where the buffalo roam! I did, of course! Talk about “gravy train” in real life…the train pulls up, and here they come!
Bison food is $2 for a big bag and so you can feed them!!! (I almost fainted with excitement!) They are gentle souls with sandpaper like tongues that can range 14-18″ in length!!! The herd surrounded the train, to the delight of myself and about 30 others. Since we all had bags of food, it’s a mutually beneficial attraction!
This Alpaca is smiling at me! He might have changed his mind had he know of my sorted sweater making background. Actually, Alpaca is very comparable to cashmere and hair is always humanly removed! Yarn nonsense aside…he is adorable!!!!!
Here’s my photographic friend again!!! He saw me walking back from the train and met me at the door to his place! I really think he was waiting for me so he could be assured to have a full portfolio of poses!
A big start to Wild Wyoming!!! The bar is set as high as an ostrich head!
To be continued…