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Mum's Diary of our holiday

( Written in the diary of Mamma Kate)

Early on 3rd July and just 17 hours after our (Mum & Dad's) 24 hour flight from Australia, we set off heading towards Buffalo where we had planned to spend the first couple of nights. The ‘people mover’ - the chevy van and the pop-up camping trailer were packed the night before and it was with great expectations of seeing lots of wild animals that we set off at dawn.

We got as far as Cheyenne, the capital of Wyoming for breakfast. Sustained, we headed towards Casper where we had lunch in the grounds of Fort Caspar. The spelling error accounts for the fact that the town name was spelt incorrectly and nobody has felt inclined to change it during all these years. The fort was named after a man with the Christian name of Caspar. Here there is a museum and restored fort built by Guinard, a French Canadian in the 1850s. It was very interesting and very well set out as we found with all the historical displays in the various Visitor Centres we visited throughout the trip.

The scenery we had been passing throughout the first day was fantastic, prairie country with the mountains as a backdrop, but this was nothing to what we saw further into our trip. We stopped off at Buffalo for ice-creams and a break for our driver, Bradley, during the afternoon and had a look around this authentic Wild West town with its saloon complete with swinging doors.We eventually found a campsite just outside Buffalo where we stayed for two nights. It was a very attractive camping ground and probably the nicest we stayed in as it had a little babbling stream running through it, was very shady and was even frequented by deer. We enjoyed some interesting adventurous hiking in the Bighorn Wilderness during the day we were there.Bradley prefers getting off the beaten track and he led us up a pine forested hillside whilst the boys climbed a huge rock adjacent. They found part of a jawbone of a deer complete with teeth, in a cave. It wouldn’t be too far from the truth to say that the deer had been dragged up to the cave by a mountain lion. After that we felt sure that there were creatures out there keeping us well in sight. We were advised to stay in a tight group whilst walking as it was an area inhabited by wild animals.

Our second night there was 4th July, Independence Day. Bradley and the boys had bought some fireworks and just on dusk, which is around 9 pm at this time of the year, we drove to Lake de Smet outside Buffalo to let them off. It was fantastic. All around the lake were groups of people letter off such a variety. It was quite cold during the evening. So far I haven’t mentioned the weather, but the days were very hot and the nights freezing - what a contrast, but we were at quite a high elevation, a couple of thousand feet higher than Denver, which is known as The Mile High City.

Nathan - 4th July

Nathan - 4th July


Michael & Nick

Michael & Nick


Nath - Bighorn Nat Park

Nath - Bighorn Nat Park


Michael & Nick- Bighorn Nat Park

Michael & Nick- Bighorn Nat Park


Fort Caspar - Michael locked up

Fort Caspar - Michael locked up


At the Fort

At the Fort


Grandfather & Nath

Grandfather & Nath


Lake De Smet for fireworks

Lake De Smet for fireworks


Nick & Nath

Nick & Nath


Fort Caspar- Nick & Nath

Fort Caspar- Nick & Nath


Grandma & Michael

Grandma & Michael


Job advertisement for the Pony Express!!!

Job advertisement for the Pony Express!!!


Beautiful meadow in Bighorn Nat Park

Beautiful meadow in Bighorn Nat Park

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in USA

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