It was time to leave Laramie but I really, really didn’t want to go home. We left the kids at 8:30 AM and it was 54 degrees with some clouds. We got to Nebraska at 9:50 AM. I80 was under construction–still? again? It was one lane each way for a long while. We got to Iowa at 4:15 PM. The Missouri River there was full. We saw some eagles on trees in the area just east of the river. We had not seen any in that area since the big flood in 2011.
Arrived at the Drury Inn in Columbia, MO, at 8:05 PM. Because the KFC was closed for remodeling, Tommy went next door to Denny’s and got us salads. Obviously Denny’s is not the place for salads.
I got one good photo from the day. It was taken between Laramie and Cheyenne. Such a cool looking cloud (this picture was shot at 75 MPH).
Another day, another drive.This time we drove to Vedauwoo. Such cool rock formations here. Unfortunately, when we got there and started to drive the dirt road it was way too rough. So we decided to go look for eagles again.
On the way out we drove up to Lake Owen and saw some more fire damage. While we were out, the skies turned from perfectly blue to smoky again.
The eagle and the crow. This photo makes me chuckle. :)
The Big Day–Miss B goes to Kindergarten! Amanda, Evan, Tommy and I all took Miss B to school. I may have been the only who cried. It was certainly a bittersweet moment. Funny how I cried about Miss B going to Kindergarten but didn’t cry when Amanda and Hall went.
We decided to try the Sand Creek Road again since it looked like we had beautiful weather. I do love the Wyoming skies!
Hawk or juvenile eagle?
We got to Camel Rock and I just couldn’t get a good picture of it. However, I did look down the road and saw a gorgeous view.
Some more beautiful skies.
We kept driving past where we had stopped in the past. Eventually we found that we were going in a big circle. On the way we saw this longhorn with the funny horns.
And a red barn. :)
We circled on around and came out at Woods Landing. We planned on heading back to Laramie but saw a road that we had never driven before. So we turned. This is a picture of more of the damage from the Badger Creek fire.
What a great day it was!
At dinner, the girls showed us how they could curl their tongues. :)
We’d already been out Highway 230 to Woods Landing and Highway 130 to the Snowy Range so what was next? Sand Creek Road! Once we got on the dirt road we saw that the weather didn’t look too good where we were headed.
But just a few minutes down the road we saw an eagle and decided to keep going for as long as we could.
I remember when we first started traveling out west I loved seeing the windmills. I still do but I don’t get many pictures of them anymore.
Another eagle! :)
We were headed to Camel Rock but when we saw a bolt of lightning (probably the most impressive one I’ve ever seen), we turned around.
Tommy was impressed with this fence.
I was impressed with this sky.
Almost back to the main road we saw this hawk.
I’ve seen this old sign for years. Each time I thought I should get a picture of it before it’s torn down. This time I did.
We spent the weekend doing things with the kids. On Saturday, Evan, Amanda, Miss B and I went to Cheyenne to do some school shopping. We stopped by the Harley Davidson store to pick up a chip for my cousin Sue.
While the kids were at work and school, we decided to ride out and see the remains from the Badger Creek fire in northern Colorado. The skies were smoky again.
Some of the aftermath of the Badger Creek fire in northern Colorado. While it is now fully contained, there are still many hotspots. It was interesting to me that so many of the aspen trees did not burn even though they were right next to the pines. Their white bark is a sharp contrast to the burned black pines.
We then turned around and turned on the Woods Landing Road. When we saw these horses, we pulled over and the dark brown horse came over to us. Notice her cross? The blond one was in the road grazing and didn’t really care that we were there.
And we visited this barn again.
On the way back out to the main road, we turned and drove up the Laramie River Overlook Road.
Back on Highway 230.
Before heading back to the house we went looking for eagles.
A day of rest from being in the truck. Since we weren’t going anywhere, I went to the backyard to take some pictures of Amanda’s flowers. Unfortunately, as is usual in Laramie, the wind was blowing pretty good. So I only got two photos.