Scenic Road Trip: Wyoming

(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Continuing my travel images from the last post of photos, this post is a selection from my trip across Medicine Bow National Forrest in Wyoming. I left from Saratoga, Wyoming on a Tuesday morning and traveled across the state until early evening. The scenery and weather were beautiful and I was in & out of my car frequently to take photos as well as doing some hiking. Here is a selection of my favorites from the day:

(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

That evening I spent my last night in Wyoming in the little town of Lusk, at the Covered Wagon Inn. The following morning I was off to South Dakota and more adventure – look for that in my new “road trip” post!

Happy trails!

Lynne

Scenic Road Trip: Into Wyoming

(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

It’s been a while since I last posted any “road trip” photos so I thought I’d throw one out today just for fun! Still have another 3 or 4 to share with you, I’ll try to get another one ready later this week. These images were taken when I left my residency in Breckenridge, Colorado on a Monday morning and drove into Wyoming. I purposely plotted most of my travel on back roads and had some extra help with my route for this portion of the trip by a local sculptor who lived near Steamboat Springs. After leaving Steamboat I traveled close to 40 miles on gravel roads through the countryside before emerging onto a minor highway and making my way into Wyoming. It was an awesome trip! I think I only passed 5 or 6 vehicles the entire drive and the scenery was lovely. There were some scattered storms that blew through and by the end of the evening the skies were menacingly beautiful.

(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I spent the night in the historic Wolf Hotel in Saratoga, Wyoming and had a delicious dinner in their dining room that evening before calling it a night. The next set of photos will be from my travels the following day – across Medicine Bow National Forrest. Stay tuned!

Lynne

Settling in

I am here!  And guess what?  Internet service…woo, hoo!  Now I can stay in touch easier with the family (I brought my webcam) and also keep up-to-date with my blog posts.  Today has been a long day…up at 4 a.m. to catch the flight out of Indy then gained two hours when I got here so I am all out of whack with my sense of time.  I look at my cell phone and it’s updated to mountain time, I look at my laptop and it’s back on eastern time, I’ll never keep it straight! 🙂 

I was picked up at the Denver airport by one of the Breckridge town staff, an intern named Gretchen.  She was good company and full of great information as we traveled up into the mountains.  They had a fairly big snow here last night so the roads were melting but still very slushy.  It was obvious she was born & raised in Colorado because it didn’t slow her down a bit!  It was a pleasant drive full of good scenery.  In addition to the beautiful mountains there were buffalo and wild sheep along the roadway too.  The sky was just a brilliant blue, with pure white puffs of clouds…awesome.  We went through the Eisenhower Tunnel, which is the highest (over 11,000 feet elevation) tunnel in the world.  It went on forever and when we got to the other side of the mountain and came out the weather was completely different.  Fascinating!  We eventually arrived here at the Tin Shop where we were met by Jenn, who is in charge of the guest artist program (among many other things!).  They gave me a brief tour of my new “home” and then left me to get settled in.  Here are some photos of my new digs:

outside of the tin shop
the outside of the tin shop
kitchen area in apartment
kitchen area in apartment
living room area in apartment
living room area in apartment
dining room area in apartment
dining room area in apartment

 I unpacked my bags and got acquainted with the building, then walked down the block to get a sandwich.  After lunch and a few minutes of rest Gretchen was kind enough to take me to the grocery so I could stock up on food for my stay.  She even helped carry them in, what a sweetheart!  I got everything put away, set up some tables down in the studio area and then grabbed my camera and headed out the door to walk around town for a bit.  Although I didn’t venture more than a few blocks away in any direction it was a lovely way to spend some time.  The surroundings are beautiful and the town is charming with lots of stores, eateries, attractions and tourists. It is a ski town so there were lots of people walking the street wearing and sometimes carrying their ski gear, snowboards, etc.   Gretchen had mentioned a shop on main street that had hot donuts so I eventually ended up there and, true to her recommendation, they were awesome.  They are tiny little things, no larger in diameter than the size of a golf ball, freshly cooked and then sprinkled with your choice of cinnamon & sugar or powdered sugar.  Mmmm, they just melted in my mouth.  (And headed straight for my midsection I’m sure!)  Those and a warm cup of coffee held me over until dinner quite nicely. 

mountains over rooftops
mountains over rooftops
courthouse & blue skies
courthouse & blue skies

 I had wandered for many blocks before circling back and discovering the “river walk” area that runs parallel to the main street.  It is a beautiful, boulder filled stream with lots of snow, ice and plenty of fast running water flowing through it.  I had to take several photos of it from different bridges and angles.

river walk #1
river walk #1
river walk #3
river walk #3
river walk #5
river walk #5

I am settled in for the night now, had a warm bowl of soup with a hunk of crusty bread for dinner, followed by a nice warm shower and some cozy pajamas.  I am looking forward to a good nights sleep, although I hear than can be elusive the first few nights at this high elevation.  I have been dilegent about keeping well hydrated and also have been taking some supplements that are supposed to help with altitude sickness, hopefully that is something I can avoid! 

 I  am hopeful that FedEx will be on time with their delivery tomorrow since I am here and ready and have no supplies yet!  Last I tracked my boxes full of goodies they were in the state of Colorado so I expect they will arrive here it town tomorrow as scheduled.  Evidentally there is more winter weather on the way tomorrow night into Saturday (8 to 15 inches is the last I heard) so I will be all set here with plenty of food and lots to keep me busy.  I am excited to be able to spend my days creating!

I will check in again soon.  Goodnight!

Lynne