Friday, July 11, 2008

Cody to Lander, WY

Before I left Cody I filled up in with 9.41 gallons at $4.64 per gallon, for a total of $43.78, which was only 11.8 MPG. I seem to be getting lower mileage since I had my new tires installed.

The 138 miles from Cody to Riverton, WY were not particular scenic, except for the approximately 12 miles through the Wind River Canyon. That was beautiful, but unfortunately there weren't any spots large enough for me to pull over and take pictures.

I spent one night in the Wind River Casino parking lot. I was entertained by the Indians beating their drums and singing. Other than that, it was very quite. The next morning I continued on to the Sleeping Bear RV Park in Lander, WY.

Here's some shots from the RV park.

Thursday afternoon I checked in for the Wyoming State HOG Rally and got my cool T-shirt and packet of info. Then I went on a ride to the Sinks Canyon State Park. I had hear about it, but seeing it in person made all the difference in the world.

Sinks Canyon is so named because the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie, a rushing river, flows out of the Wind River Mountains and through the Canyon. Halfway down the canyon the river abruptly runs into a large limestone cavern, and the crashing water "sinks" into fissures and cracks at the back of the cave. The river is underground for 1/4 mile until it emerges down the canyon in a large calm pool called "The Rise" and then continues its course into the valley below."

Here the river is rushing toward the cave.

Here is comes!!

There's the cave.

There goes the water!!

Two hours later the water emerges from the the sand and the small fissures, making small water falls.

The huge trout in the Rise are not stocked. They have arrived there naturally and enjoy a charmed life because the Sink is a protected area with an extensive food supply, where no fishing is allowed.

Here's a picture looking downstream from the Rise.
Copy and past the above link for more info on this phenomenon

I had read about it in a brochure, but seeing it in person made it well worth the trip!!

Later that evening there was a "Meet and Great." We played a really fun game where everyone had a letter of the alphabet on their shirt and we were required to gather up some of our new found friends and spell a word with our letters. I had an "O." It came in handy for words like HOOTERS, BOOTIES AND ROADKING. I was hoping someone would put HARLEY or DAVIDSON together, but it never happened. We were given funny money for each word we spelled. Later we will be able to buy tickets with our money, then enter our tickets in a raffle drawing to hopefully win some neat prizes. The more money we get, the more tickets we can buy, and the better chance of winning a prize.

This was just the first day of the Rally. More later!!!


At 9:20 PM, Blogger Barbara and Ron said...

I loved Lander! It seemed like a stream ran through everybody's yard. Unlimited water! Good explanation of the sinking water. I don't think we saw the 'rise'. cool

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Diana said...

Gee, that looks really familiar. I wonder if I've been there. Now I'm going to have to look back through my pictures. Great shots, thanks for the memories.


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