Headed West – Again – Day 5

9 Sep

In the middle of nowhere, which is much of Wyoming, we come to the tiny crossroads of Sweetwater Station. A sign on a driveway reads “Old Books and Fresh Eggs.” Who would have imagined, in a place as isolated as the Ames Brothers’ Memorial Pyramid, here is a bookstore with eggs on the side. Polly Hinds and Linda German moved to Sweetwater Station from Denver to raise sheep and chickens and sell books. Polly also doubles as the custodian at the nearby rest area and Linda makes gorgeous “paintings” from wool. We bought some books but had to pass on the eggs.IMG_0634
Past Sweetwater Station, we came to the Shoshone and Arapaho Wind River Reservation. Chief Washakie seems to be the major attraction here, except there is also the Sacajawea Cemetery. Lots of people think that Sacajawea died in her twenties in South Dakota. The Wind River folk make a strong local case, and, oddly, the DAR took up the cause and provided gravestones and a statue. Aside from Sacajawea’s grave, the cemetery is fascinating. I don’t have much of an opinion about where or when Sacajawea died. Ask Kathy or Janice for more expert information.IMG_0656SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC
The scenery around Wind River became more and more what I expected in Wyoming, though many of the mountains and mesas reminded me of Southern Utah and Capitol Reef.SONY DSC
The supposedly mythical, but quite real, jackalope is the main attraction in Dubois. Lee almost rode the mounted specimen in a local store. I had not realized how large jackalopes are. (Lee says, “The entire creature felt wobbly on the base, and I did not want to tell an ER doctor that a jackalope threw me.”)IMG_0662IMG_0658
Outside of Dubois, we began the approach to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.SONY DSC We will spend the next two days in the Grand Tetons.SONY DSC The hotel here is a step up. Here’s the view from our window.SONY DSC

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One Response to “Headed West – Again – Day 5”

  1. Janice Smith September 9, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Bob and Lee, until I went to Wind River, looked at some of their documents, and visited Sacajawea Cemetery, I believed what most Lewis and Clark historians said, that she died in South Dakota in her 20’s. Now I think it is a great mystery—both sides have compelling evidence.
    Lee, your jackalope comment reminds me of a good quote from my Wyoming friend, Anita: Never do anything you are not prepared to explain to a paramedic.
    Enjoying your trip vicariously. Thanks for blogging.
    Janice

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