Sunday, April 14, 2013

US Hwy 20 -- Detour: Marooned In Rock Springs

I'm still in Rock Springs, WY, because of weather. You can see in this photo that it's a beautiful sunny day. What you can't see is that it's cold -- in the 20's -- and the wind has been blowing a gale all day. At one point, even the interstate was closed due to wind. It takes a lot to do that!

What you can also see is that mine is the only rig in this campground. It's a modest affair, with little ambiance but satisfactory amenities. Kind of a desert oasis.

I've got power and heat but not water, so it's a little "winter camping" for me. Happy is very content, preferring to be outside in the wind and cold which are nothing to her considering her history and roots.

Rock Springs is a small, modern community that surrounds a pretty meager little historic district. The sprawl has the usual assortment of chain restaurants, home stores, etc. I took advantage of the local multi-plex cinema to see "42" and strongly recommend it.

I rewarded Happy for her patience by taking her to the best dog park we've ever been to, a large open space complete with a pond for dogs who care for swimming. Happy took a drink from it, but otherwise wasn't interested.

The good news, then, is that we're safely settled in a spot with ample facilities. The bad news is that we don't know when we'll be able to get out of here. The weather -- high, gusty winds mostly -- may let up tomorrow or Tuesday. Then again, there's plenty of talk about snow, freezing rain, etc.

So, I'll check all the weather and road conditions in the morning and decide if we're good to go. Otherwise, we'll make the most of another day marooned in Rock Springs... Stay tuned!

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