So, Thermopolis, Wyoming. An extremely beautiful, geologically diverse setting for this small settlement along the banks of the Big Horn river. It’s hard to tell what people here do for a living. A very big, new high school hosts a late September Saturday JV football game between the Bobcats and a regional rival. Varsity games are on Friday nights; the ‘Cats were on the road this week, and reportedly defeated the Burns Broncs 20 – 16. Today, Saturday, downtown Thermo’ is closed off for a farmer’s market. Step right up for sample shots of Wyoming Whiskey to wash down your fresh-picked, homegrown tomatos and other “small-batch” veggies.
These carved wooden bears are attached to balcony railings, staircases, and along the fence of the motel. Should we watch for REAL bears around town?
Went back this evening to try and capture some photos of the wily bison, but they were nowhere to be found. Their pasture is a huge area east of Thermo’. We’ll try again tomorrow.
I’m glad we walked around today instead of piling into the car for a quick, uneventful tour of the area around Hot Springs State Park. The terrain is sagebrush, dry grass, small rocks, and dirt so dry dust cannot be raised by kicking it.
This is a good view of the buildup of minerals and formations resulting from the hot springs. A man we met while walking along a boardwalk along the top of these formations lamented they were no longer as beautiful as when he had seen them before. He told us the water used to bubble and steam, and that the rock formations were formerly much more colorful. Early photos of the area, some from the 19th-century, confirmed that previous tourists may have had more spectacular views.