Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Buffalo, or bison?

8:02 am - Tuesday - June 23rd - Buffalo, WY - 63° F, 55% humidity, wind 2 mph out of the north.....clear, blue, warm skies today with a forecast high of 79° F......what a change of fortunes....what's not to like about Buffalo, Wyoming? Our view this morning.....↴

 Lake de Smet near Buffalo, WY

What's that up in the sky?  A bird, a plane?  No, it's ultra lite!

Sleeping in a big box store parking lot is not optimal, and the older I get the less I look forward to  it, but when you are moving across country it makes a lot of sense.....it is free, after all, right?  And the  convenience being near restaurants, and grocery stores is quite handy.  All that being said, I slept pretty well in the shadow of the Cabela's big box store Sunday night.  There was, however, the semi tractor/trailer rig a few sites over which had its refrigerated unit run about 10 minutes every half hour, the sound of the I-90 traffic 2 blocks away, and the usual noises of vehicles ingressing, and egressing the parking lot at all hours.  When you have been used to pretty much NO sound at night as we have these past few weeks, the sudden, jarring sound of a city while seeming benign to those who reside there is not benign to those of us who get used to the lack of night time sound in the often very rural areas we seek out as we move across the northern latitudes of our great country.  I went to bed around 9 pm Sunday evening, and was up by 6:30 am typing my blog.  Around 7:30 am I received a text message from Claude asking if we wished to dine out for breakfast to which I replied in the affirmative, and suggested we haul anchor and head over to the local Cracker Barrel just one exit back west off I-90, so that is what we did at 8 am.

We were there, and parked within 10 minutes to find a sparsely populated dining room.....this is a national chain, and they are practicing social distancing, with all employees wearing face masks.  Hmmmm......in Yellowstone County there have been 3 deaths, and 125 cases in over 4 months.  I asked our server about wearing a mask for 6-8 hours and she said it's not too bad once you get used to it, but it is difficult for her patrons to understand what she is saying....yeah, I would be in total agreement with that.

As is always the case at a Cracker Barrel the breakfast was consistent, and very good, which is what I like about them.....the food is consistent across the country.  By 9:30 we were on our way eastward on I-90 once again heading for Sheridan, WY where TLE and I would spend about an hour a the local Walmart Super Center shopping, and getting lunch (got some of their 'Orange Chicken at their deli.....love it!)......  

 Rain....


Stopped raining about a mile from exit #25

......by noon we were back on the Interstate heading for our destination of the day.......Lake de Smet just outside Buffalo, WY.  It rained on and off for the last 20 miles, but quit just as we reached the lovely county campground on the shores of this large reservoir......Mikesell-Potts County Campground (located in Johnson County....15 cases, 1 death).  I found this hidden gem on 'The Days End Directory' which is available to members of Escapees.  It has been an amazing resource over the years for free to very inexpensive places to stay.  For instance Mikesell-Potts offers 50 amp electrical service (no water, sewer, or dump) for $15/night right on the shores of the lake....this place definitely has the 'IT' factor.....



....we decided to pull into our site as opposed to the traditional back in....easier to get into, and get out of when we leave....as you can see the trailer is already angled for a quick getaway.....all I have to do is start backing and the trailer will track perfectly as we exit.  Claude and Gail spent time in Sheridan at a local saddlery museum, and finally arrived here around 4:30 pm.  They took the site directly across from the front of our rig.  Each site is surrounded by bushes which provide privacy....something we have not had a lot of lately....



......privacy has not been a big issue, however, it's nice not to have to worry about closing the curtains when it gets dark, and we still have the lights on in the Newell.....yeah, you get the picture.......the problem is we don't want anyone else to 'get the picture'.....lol.

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