Friday, July 6, 2007

Day 9

July 4

Grant Village, YNP to Cheyenne, WY

Started our day off with a quick breakfast & packed up camp. Our last YNP stop was the Fishing Bridge Visitor’s center. This one focused on the birds & other animals of the park. Lots of taxidermy here! Luke decided he could take the little bear in the display case. He said he’d throw books at it & use his muscles—it was in the bookstore part of the center. Funny boy.

The East Entrance road was under construction—the only time I’ve really been nervous on the road. The road wasn’t paved, lots of gravel & a steep drop off with no guard rails. It will be nice when this stretch is done! We stopped in Cody, WY to drop off the Koda bear travel bug & our Xtreme Chaos travel bug in a cache. A short hike found an ammo box big enough to leave them in. The kids were sad to see Koda move on since he’d traveled with us throughout the trip. Hopefully the XC bug will make it back to Fishers someday.

Mostly our day consisted of traveling across Wyoming. We drove along the Big Horn river and the Platte river. We got some hail & a brief thunderstorm south of Casper, WY. The highlight for the kids was stopping at Taco Bell for dinner.

We arrived in Cheyenne in time to see some fireworks in different parts of the city from the interstate. We also had time to make a small campfire and roast hotdogs and make s’mores. Also locked the keys in the Vue—we won’t go into any further discussion of this fiasco. Luckily the Pilot station had a ‘get in your car kit’ and we were OK.

Tomorrow is on to West Des Moines, Iowa.

Liz & family

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