29 Apr-2 May 2015; Moving on West, Gorgeous Views

We headed out of Cheyenne, WY early on the 29th.  It just so happens we got an e-mail from the Camp Host while we were on the road saying that they just turned the water on, and had sewer as well.  No matter…we stayed for one night without water or sewer and it was only $10.  Can’t beat that.  We were headed about 200 miles west to Rock Springs, WY.  We had a reservation at the Sweetwater Fairgrounds.  I found this site on All-Stays, and it really was a bargain.  1,200 sites, and there were only three others in the park besides us:

All gravel sites, and all of your hook-ups are over a fence...odd.  This place is set up for the big time rodeo's they have in this area.

All gravel sites, and all of your hook-ups are over a fence…odd. This place is set up for the big time rodeo’s they have in this area.

Plenty of space...4 sites out of 1,200 occupied...any takers??

Plenty of space…4 sites out of 1,200 occupied…any takers??

There really was not much to see in the local area.  The “historical” downtown area was really nothing to look at.  It seems this place is all rodeo and all oil and gas.  Was a great place to stop on the road however, and the traveling was real nice…no wind at all, and the views were awesome.

There was a local gold course nearby, and we went there for dinner.  About the only "green" you will see in the entire area.

There was a local golf course nearby, and we went there for dinner. About the only “green” you will see in the entire area.

We were up early again on the 30th, as I knew we had some serious grades to climb and descend, so I really didn’t know how long it would take for us to get the 200 miles more or less to Hill AFB, just North of Salt Lake City, UT.  The weather once again was fantastic, and the vistas were great.

Stopped for lunch at a rest stop at the I-80/I-84 interchange.  Awesome views for lunch!

Stopped for lunch at a rest stop at the I-80/I-84 interchange. Awesome views for lunch!

From here on, it was mostly down hill to “Hill” AFB.  Thank goodness for the Jake Brake on this thing.  5-6% grades, and I didn’t touch the brakes once.  We got to the park on base about 1230, and had to wait for the office to open at 1:00 PM.  We ran into one of the Park Hosts who are retired AF and retired DoD civilians, and we just so happen to be parked next to them.  They have work camped all over the place, and spent a lot of time in the Oregon and Washington areas, so we have gleaned a lot of info from them on where to go and what to do.

Quite a view from the FamCamp.

Quite a view from the FamCamp.

 

A running track and a fitness center right next to the FamCamp...no excuses!

A running track and a fitness center right next to the FamCamp…no excuses!

 

Gorgeous sunset!!

Gorgeous sunset!!

May Day!  Time to clean the Coach!  Got that done, but was real disappointed in the streaks and spots it left on the windows and other places.  I’m going to have to find a better product to clean this thing with!  Later in the day, we headed to Antelope Island State Park, which is right in the middle of the Great Salt Lake.  What a treat that was!

$10 to get into this 28,000 acre park!

$10 to get into this 28,000 acre park!

The views were stunning!

The views were stunning!

This island supports a herd of over 500 Buffalo, Mule Deer, Antelope, Pheasant, and many other forms of wildlife.  We saw most of them.

This island supports a herd of over 500 Buffalo, Mule Deer, Antelope, Pheasant, and many other forms of wildlife. We saw most of them.

Vista's galore!

Vista’s galore!

You talkin to me!!

You talkin to me!!

 

We made it out to the operating ranch on the property, and we were the only ones there.  The "No See-ums" were tearing me up, so Terri ventured out on her own and found this baby Great horned Owl in the barn.

We made it out to the operating ranch on the property, and we were the only ones there. The “No See-ums” were tearing me up, so Terri ventured out on her own and found this baby Great horned Owl in the barn.

 

She said it kept swaying back and forth and looking at her.  Good thing that "momma" was out hunting, or Terri may have been in for a big surprise!

She said it kept swaying back and forth and looking at her. Good thing that “momma” was out hunting, or Terri may have been in for a big surprise!

Wow!

Wow!

How did the Buffalo get to the other side of the road??

How did the Buffalo get to the other side of the road??

 

You think the picture is awesome?  You should see this in person!!

You think the picture is awesome? You should see this in person!!

 

Splendid!!

Splendid!!

There is so much history to this park.  If you are interested, go to http://www.stateparks.utah.gov and check out Antelope Island State Park!

We had a leisurely night, and checked out some state parks and other things that we want to see as we head West.  Today, Terri was up real early, and Ron got up way late!  Nice!!  After talking with the neighbors for a while about were to go and what to see in Oregon and Washington, we headed into Salt Lake to visit Temple Square.

The Utah State Capitol.

The Utah State Capitol.

Joseph's Temple...what a site.

The Temple…what a site.

There were at least 17 weddings going on today.  The church grounds are very nice, and a great place to visit.  The visitors Center is a must see.  You will be approached by several Mormon folk that are serving their mission time.  The young ladies we talked to are here for 18 months.  7 days a week, and 0630-2200 each day.  Dedicated, and very nice folks.  This is most likely the cleanest City Center we have ever seen…even more so than the town centers in Europe.

The Tabernacle where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs.

The Tabernacle where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs.

We also headed into the city center proper, and more of the same…clean, nicest folks you want to meet, and a real great experience all around.

We got back to the Coach late in the afternoon, and made a decision.  We are not going to take I-80 through Nevada.  After talking to several folks, we are likely headed Northwest on I-84 to Boise, then will take State Highway 20 over to Bend, OR.  From there, we have not quite figured it out yet, but will keep you informed.  We will most likely head out of here on Monday, and hope to make it almost to Boise for Monday night.  We will call a few places tomorrow and see what we can find reservation wise.

That’s it for now folks…as always…we hope this finds you Happy, Healthy and Living Your Dreams!!!

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