Santiago de Chile in 12,000 words – más o menos

If you think this building looks like a turn-of-the-century cell phone, you're right.
Does this building look like an old-school cell phone?
Street dogs - a huge problem in the city.
Street dogs – a huge problem in the city.
Street people - with tents!
Street people – with tents!
Street people - with tents!
Street people – with tents!
A Santiago fixer-upper.
A Santiago fixer-upper.
A fountain at the top of the Santa Lucia monument
A fountain at the top of the Santa Lucia monument.
Another part of Santa Lucia.
Another part of Santa Lucia.
The rainbow appears in all my selfies.
The rainbow appears in all my selfies.
The Bellas Artes Museum - more museum than art.
The Bellas Artes art museum – more museum than art.
An amazing street portrait - at least 12 feet high.
An amazing street portrait – at least 12 feet high.
A castle, a fort, or a holy shrine - or all 3?
A castle, a fort, or a holy shrine – or all 3?
I love a good doorway.
I love a good doorway.

 

Thermopolis in September

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.

Just before pulling in to the parking lot, Sis commented other motels in the area were not "indigenous" in appearance
Just before pulling in to the parking lot, Sis commented other motels in the area were not “indigenous” in appearance.

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?

We hiked into bison viewing area this morning, and saw 6 - 10 shaggy beasts close to the road. We stayed back due to the lack of fences AND the timely warning.
We hiked into bison viewing area this morning, and saw 6 – 10 shaggy beasts close to the road. We stayed back due to the lack of fences AND the timely warning.

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.

A clsoeup of the crusty red dirt encountered while hiking today.
A closeup of the crusty red dirt encountered while hiking today.

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.

These travertine formations are topped by standing pools of water that is forced out of the ground by the hot springs.
These travertine formations are topped by standing pools of water that is forced out of the ground by the hot springs.

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.