When we awoke this morning, we did note that a couple more campers came in some time during the night. On our way out we rode up to Warren’s Peak Fire Tower which was right up the road from the campground. We saw some unique log trucks that I really would have liked to have seen working, but they were off the road and we could not see them and we definitely did not want to take a chance going down a mountain road with the camper and get into a predicament where we met a log truck coming back out.
The fire tower was manned by a gentleman who apparently lived there in his Volkswagen van with his dog. He, of course, was up in the tower when we arrived. The older I get the worse my equilibrium seems to be, so I did not go all the way to the top. I handed Chip the camera and told him I would wait for him back down at the bottom as I slowly made my way back down without looking around. I can assure you being an attendant at a fire tower will never be a job for me when I become a gypsy.
We went made our way back to the town of Sundance, Wyoming, to visit the museum that our friends Charlie and Sue had told us about. It was definitely one of those places you need to have at least ½ day to spend. We did a quick tour, talked to the curator, took some pictures and moved onto our next destination.
Our next stop was the Devils Tower National Monument in Devils Tower, WY. This was definitely a sight to behold. As soon as it was barely in sight, I am snapping pictures “left and right” and Chip kept saying give it a chance, you will see it even better in just a few more miles. He did give in and stop at a pull-off, and we took a selfie with Devils Tower in the distance. At the tower itself, we hiked around the base enjoying the walk while viewing this huge rock formation. Devils Tower’s summit is around 180 feet by 300 feet which is about the size of a football field, and the circumference of its base is right at a mile. It stands 867 feet from top to bottom.
This day was mostly travel. We were heading to Cody, Wyoming. We again saw beautiful sites along the way. We went through the Big Horn Mountains which had an altitude of 9666 feet. We saw a storm coming in, and it was breathtaking it was so beautiful. It produced a hailstorm that left the ground looking like snow, and anything that looks like snow makes me happy.
There was free camping on the Bureau of Land Management land aka BLM land where there were wild horses and I had been excited about finding a camping spot there. When we arrived in one of the areas with wild horses, we noticed how wet the ground was. I guess after the hail melted, it left the ground very wet and we were nervous about the weight of the truck and camper on the soggy ground, so we proceeded on. I was disappointed as I would have loved to have been able to see the horses a little closer as they may have been curious about this contraption in their field and came a little closer. But I definitely was not interested in a towing bill if we had gotten stuck, so I am glad we moved on.
We elected to be safe and headed toward Wal-Mart to do some “Wallydocking”. We were shocked, and I mean truly shocked to see the Walmart parking lot when we arrived. There were no less than 30 campers already in the parking lot. We were a bit over-whelmed and circled the parking lot more than once before deciding on our spot for the evening. There were 9 truck campers in the lot, multiple tagalongs, huge driving campers and several big rigs settling in for the night.
I was amazed at how quiet it was once we were inside the camper. That is until our CO2 and gas detector started beeping. We kept resetting it, but it kept going off. Chip wanted to cut the wires, but I was uncomfortable not knowing that there was not truly a gas leak. I did not want to wake up the next morning dead. And yes, that is possible as one of my Deddies favorite poems was this.
One bright morning in the middle of the night
two dead boys got up to fight
Back to back, they faced each other
Drew their swords and shot each other
A deaf policeman heard the noise,
and ran to save the two dead boys
If you don’t believe this story is true
ask the blind man, he saw it, too.
Back to the story of the CO2 detector. I asked Chip if the type you put in a house would work and he said, “good idea.” See that is a big deal as I usually am not the one to come up with good ideas. I really should have had him write it down that “I” had a good idea. He went into the Walmart to purchase one while I sat by the detector pushing the reset button every time it went off. He wasn’t gone long, thank God, and cut the wires and attached the new detector to at least get us through our trip safely. It did not go off at all and I felt better about climbing into the bed and closing my eyes, knowing that I should wake up tomorrow morning. It was really nice to be camping in the Walmart parking lot with this dilemma. I am sure we would have gotten no sleep at all if we had been anywhere but Walmart where we could easily purchase the CO2 detector.
Here are some random pictures that I took today.
So, if we survived the night, join us tomorrow as we head toward Yellow Stone National Park.