Recovered! Thank goodness!
A short, windy drive north and we land in Casper, Wyoming!
First, a little comment about the wind in Wyoming…it’s nuts! While Wyoming is famous for it’s wind, it is something to be experienced!! Mostly, there is always a breeze but our of nowhere the wind goes from mild to tornado-ish without warning and then back! Today is howled at us just like you would think to hear in the Wizard of Oz!
Gracie is not a fan.
Anyway….here we are at Fort Caspar. The campground sits next to the rebuilt interpretative center….neat-o! Looks like the real thing and is pleasant place for our evening stroll. Quite a bit of history has taken place right here…originally build in 1862 Platte Bridge State was constructed at the bridge initially built by fur trader Louis Guinard. It was the location of the first Mormon Ferry to cross the North Platte RIver and later armed forced resided here to protect the mail (a la Pony Express) and telegraph lines!
Indian attacks by the Lakota and Cheyenne were a frequent occurrence in this area following the Sand Creek Massacre in Colorado Territory. The battles waged back and forth with many casualties on both sides. One such battle killed the fort’s Lt. Caspar Collins.
Pearl has little regard for history and just wants to know if bunnies live there. The Girls are obsessed after our stay in Douglas, which, frankly, the bunny situation was teetering on ridiculous!!
Oh, the humiliation of being a dog in this family!!
I wish I could get the girls to be better at photo ops but they both hate getting their photos taken…
A nice treat in the campground are nature trails running all along the North Platte River…this is just a little tributary but still nice!
The actual North Platte River is quite a bit more substantial and travels through Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska!
And what day is complete without a sampling of the local waterways…..
Lovely, little sunflowers are a frequent find both here and in Colorado! They are about the size of my outstretched hand and grow like daisies!
Well, the wind is back again…strong enough to lift my iPad up from the table and shake my wine glass (stemless, thank god), it does cool things down so I’ll just keep my eyes open for flying bison and Jackalope.
To be continued…Xxoo