Monday, July 14, 2008

Saturday's Poker Run

Saturday's Poker Run took us north, up HWY 26. I got a chance to ride through the Wind River Canyon that I thought was so pretty on my way south to Lander from Cody.

These pictures don't do it justice!! I think what I liked so much was the train tracks going in and out of the solid rock tunnels. Of course there weren't pull outs where the best view were. The highway goes though 3 tunnels, 2 of which are visible in the first picture. The train tracks go through at least half a dozen.

Boysen Reservior - named after the berry, I guess.

Here's me and some of my riding buddies. I'm trying to steal Greg's bike.

Our final destination was the Holiday Inn in Thermopolis, which is famous for all the stuffed animals mounted throughout the property. There was a sign saying some of the display items are man-made.

After a visit to the Holiday Inn, we rode around Hot Springs State Park.

The sign on the hill says Worlds Largest Mineral Hot Spring

Wyoming's Hot Springs State Park is the third most visited park in Wyoming, after Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Hot Springs is home to one of the largest hot springs in the world. Big Horn Spring produces more than 1.4 million gallons of 135-degree F water each day. Five separate public and commercial facilities with hot mineral soaking pools, saunas and steam rooms depend on the ceaseless flow from Big Horn Spring for their hot water. Big Horn Spring is also responsible for the colorful Rainbow Terraces, a series of colorful travertine ledges built up over thousands of years by the deposition of minerals from the thermal water.

When I first passed through Thermopolis on Wednesday, the afternoon temp was in the 90's, so I didn't stop for a soak. On Saturday's poker run I didn't have time for a soak, so I guess I'll have to go back someday.

I ended up with a pair of 10's on Saturday's Poker Run. I'm doing better, but still not good enough for a prize.


At 11:38 AM, Blogger Diana said...

Love the picture of all the "heads." Hope you get to go for a soak.

At 6:00 AM, Blogger Barbara and Ron said...

I love that Wind River Canyon and have to get back there. At least your poker hands are improving.

At 6:32 AM, Blogger sally said...

I'm ready to hit the poker tables in Vegas!!


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