Tetons, Wind River and Big Horn

SHERIDAN, WY — Well, things certainly got wild last night in Jackson. I went to a few bars and talked with quite a few people. The night ended with me getting lost in downtown Jackson. I couldn’t find my hotel and my phone died, but I found it after 45 minutes of running around.

Friday marked the last day of my driving adventure. I traveled through Grand Tetons National Park, the Wind River Canyon and Big Horn National Forest.

Wind River in the Wind River Canyon.

It was another amazing drive through winding roads along the Wind River and high-mountain driving in the Big Horn forest. It was a glorious day for weather, too. It reached 85 degrees where I was traveling, but that temperature quickly dipped when I headed into the Big Horn Mountains. At the top of the pass, it was a crisp 55 degrees, but still very enjoyable.

A lake at the top of the Big Horn National Forest that is still frozen.

Haven’t seen much wildlife on this trip. I saw a few deer and buffalo, but that was about it for animals. When I got out to take pictures of the Wind River, I swear I heard the rattles of a rattlesnake, but I couldn’t find him.

The Big Horn National Forest on the drive up.

My plan for tonight is simple — don’t get lost and have some fun. My sunburn has reached its peak and I think it will start to mellow out in the next day or two.

I was telling some folks last night that I’m not sure I could ever top this trip. I’ll have to think of something for next year, though.

That’s all for now!


Golf, Fort Laramie and drinks

FORT COLLINS, CO — Monday marked the third day of my Western Road Trip.

I took off from Custer, South Dakota, on US Highway 18 and stopped in Hot Springs at Southern Hills Golf Course. It’s a very nice course in the Black Hills. I played and walked nine holes and, surprisingly, my golf game wasn’t too bad for it being the first time this year.

Tee No. 1 at Southern Hills Golf Course

After golf, I hopped in my car continued on my journey to Fort Collins, Colorado. The mountains became much more prevalent as I got closer to Colorado. I was surprised how high the speed limits were on a two-lane road in Wyoming! In Minnesota, you’re lucky to see the speed limit reach 60 M.P.H. In Wyoming, it’s 70 and I was always getting passed by people.

Some of the scenic traveling in Wyoming is breathtaking. There is nothing like traveling down into a valley and seeing for miles, with mountains in the distance.

I stopped to see Fort Laramie. Checking out national monuments is not something I’m a huge fan of, but I really enjoyed seeing this fort. A lot of the buildings have been preserved and I stopped to read the placards and take pictures. It was cool to see some of the old firing weapons that were used back in the 1800s.18301391_1531395290225368_7248244401244906087_n.jpg

The “bachelor” officer house.


A Gatling gun that was used back in the day.
This is where the calvary was housed.


After spending about 30 minutes at Fort Laramie, I called it a day and headed to Cheyenne for gas and lunch.18268663_1531395383558692_7545317156537877870_n.jpg

Cheyenne is a short drive to Fort Collins and after checking into my hotel room, I went downtown to check out some bars.

I stopped at Whisk(e)y, where they have the third-largest whiskey selection of any bar in the country and the largest in Colorado.

The guy made me a whiskey sour with an egg white. I’m not a huge fan of those kinds of drinks, but this one was very good. After finishing my drink and food, I headed next door to a bar where they were serving $2 taps. I watched some basketball, then walked around the downtown area.

A whiskey sour made with an egg white

Fort Collins is a very interesting town with a good downtown square, but I don’t think I would want to live here.

All in all, it was a great day of driving, enjoying a few drinks and some good food.

I’m off to Utah in the morning with a stop in Steamboat Springs for some more golf. I’ll be traveling through Roosevelt National Forest, which means it’ll take some time, so I must get some rest.