Thursday, July 03, 2008

Day Five: Gillette, WY to Thermopolis, WY

The scenery of the badlands and the black hills of South Dakota were wonderful, but nothing prepared us for the majestic landscape of Bighorn National Forest and Big Horn Mountains.
We stop for coffee at Seney's drugstore and soda fountain in Buffalo, WY. Not only is the decor retro, so are the prices - 57 cents for a cup of coffee.
After stopping for lunch at the Ram's Horn Cafe in Worland, WY, we go off the highway and down a gravel track in search of the ghost town of Gebo. First we find the cemetery and then the ruins of many buildings. Nearby the oil extraction continues on the Gebo dome.
At Thermopolis we visit the Hot Springs County Museum for more research. We spend the night at the Days Inn, Thermopolis, WY. Distance covered today - 333 km(207 miles)

smart Alecs:

  • Lady in Thermopolis spots the smart car as we're in a local museum. She phones her mom to come down and look at it.
  • Man with pick-up truck in Buffalo, WY says, " We all need one of those".
Wildlife Watch:
  • Too many pronghorn antelope to count on the drive through the Big Horn Mountains. We don't spot any big horn sheep however.

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