Livingston Montana and Sheridan Wyoming

Livingston MT and Sheridan WY

Livingston and the Train Museum

After leaving White Sandy BLM Recreation area, we return to Paradise Valley near Livingston.  Downtown Livingston has a neat train museum – the Livingston Depot.  There are great displays for the building of the railroad that led to the explosion of settling of this area.  The museum covers the tremendous effort required to lay tracks over and through the mountains.  The railroad shipped goods from the mines, farms and ranches in the area to the big cities to the east and west, and tourists in to see Yellowstone.  Early on Livingston was the gateway to the nation’s first National Park.  Displays show the history of the railroad all through the mid-1900’s when trains were THE way to travel.

This area is also very popular with Hollywood, as it was used for many movies since movies started being made.  There is an exhibit “Film in Montana” upstairs that showcase movies shot in Montana and old film editing equipment.

There is also an area for local artists.  On exhibit is a gallery for a woman cowboy photographer (“Pure Quill:  Photographs by Barbara Van Cleve.” ).  She uses a lot of low-light and evening shots for an unusual portrayal of cowboy life.  Check out her website or if you are near Livingston stop by the train depot during 2018.  Very enjoyable.  She has a great ‘eye’.

Paradise Valley KOA is a very nice full-featured camp with amazing views of the mountains south of Livingston Montana.  See our earlier post here when we stopped on our way to Yellowstone National Park.

Livingston Wyoming Pictures

Sheridan and the Bighorn Mountains

Bighorn Mountains

Driving south on Interstate 90 from Livingston Wyoming to Sheridan takes you along the eastern side of the Bighorn Mountains.   At first the range is not impressive while driving along I-90 – there are few mountain peaks visible that we saw.  You can easily drive by them and say, “huh, nice hills.”  But drive into the mountains from Sheridan and almost immediately we are greeted with spectacular canyons and valleys with up-scale housing on US 14.   Spend a few minutes at Shell Falls for a nice break.

Dense forests and wildflowers galore (mid-July) at the crest led to desert scrub on the east side following US 20.  We stopped several times to enjoy the views.

 

Sheridan Wyoming

Similar to our thoughts about the Big Horn Mountains, don’t judge a city by what you see from the freeway.  Christine wants to see the King Saddlery in downtown Sheridan.  After driving through the typical strip malls, once we reach the downtown area we find a very tricked out old town.  The rodeo is in town, and the streets are packed.  There are cool artsy statues along the main street and the shops are bustling.  You can do a lot of people watching and whether you are checking out the cowboys or the cowboy watchers it’s fun.

King’s Saddlery

Alright, I think we are going to see some saddles.  Kings Saddlery is a legendary store about a legendary family of leather craftsmen. Just walking through the store and then the museum, which is in another building, it brings you to a life that was simple, but so full of hardships and joy.  You can almost imagine what it was like living during the time that King Saddlery first came about and the life of the cowboys and their families.  Don King started making saddles in 1946 followed by his sons John and Bob.

Sheridan/King’s Saddlery Pictures

 

The Cowboy Cafe

We had breakfast at the Cowboy Cafe, then did some window shopping before heading back to the Sheridan KOA and the dogs.

Next up… the FMCA rally in Gillette Wyoming!

Happy Trails!

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A Drone’s Perspective – 2017 Trippin’ Year In Review

ColoradoA Drone’s Perspective – 2017 Trippin’ Year In Review

2017 was a crazy year.  Living in an RV and being retired allows us the flexibility to do the unplanned!  Join us with a look at where we traveled this past year.  Check out or blog at RVBuiltForTwo.com or our YouTube channel Trippin Engles for more videos on our travels.  We linked to some of the Blog/Video posts in the underlined links below.

Happy Holidays

The Year In Review – A Drone’s Perspective

Florida

January saw Christine holding down the ‘fort’ in central Florida while Jeff flew to Eugene to attend his dad’s funeral.  Then in late January we trekked down to Lake Okeechobee to stay a month in South Central Florida.  When we arrived at our campsite in Moore Haven Florida, our DJI Mavic Drone (Eyes of Lola) was waiting for us allowing us to capture airborne video for the rest of the year’s wanderings!

March: Heading West – Escapade in Tucson

Next we made our way west to the Escapee Escapade RV rally in Tucson spending time in Texas at a couple of Thousand Trails campgrounds Lake Tawakoni and Lake Whitney and visiting good friends of ours in Arlington,Texas.

The Escapee Escapade in March was a great experience in Tucson – even if Jeff had to get some dental work done and we had to get our slide-out repaired at La Mesa RV while we were at the rally.

April: Visiting in Sacramento

We made it to the Sacramento area in April, staying at Thousand Trails Lake Minden and visiting our two daughters and their families who live in the area.

May and June: Eugene Oregon

May and June were months we dedicated to fixing up my dad’s house to get it ready to sell, and a trip up to La Conner Washington for a family vacation.  We got some great video of Deception Pass Bridge, Whale Watching from Friday Harbor and a video essay on Lone Tree Point at La Conner.

July – September: Sacramento

July, August and most of September were spent fixing up a real fixer-upper we came across in the Sacramento Area.  Something that was not on the radar earlier in the year, but we decided to take advantage of a chance to get a house to fix up and sell.

October: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Towards the end of September we head off to the Escapee HOP in Albuquerque, New Mexico – heading straight east through Nevada stopping in Fernley and Winnemucca first.  Read about getting new tires on the toad in Winnemucca in that post!  Next we head through the Bonneville Salt Flats, Salt Lake and stay 3 days at Scofield State Park exploring dinosaur and mammoth bones at the Wasatch Plateau. We even got snow on the 1st of October.

Cortez, Colorado was the last stop before getting to Albuquerque and we have to come back for more!  The Canyons of the Ancients and Mesa Verde along with horses on the Ute Mountain Reservation gave us a preview of what we can explore in this area.  While in Cortez we got Lola’s engine computer updated at Cortez Diesel.  Check our Cortez post.

Bucket List!  Yes, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is everything it is claimed to be.  We had perfect weather each day.  From exploring old town Albuquerque, the Pueblo Indian Cultural Center, Santa Fe to the wonders of Balloons from 4:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.  What a blast!  This was our first Escapee sponsored mini-rally or HOP.  Check out Day 0 and 1 when we get set up and enjoy our first morning Balloon Sunrise.  Day two – more Balloons (of course) and the Petroglyph National Monument.  Day 3 – Balloons, Sante Fe and the Kuaua Pueblo at the Coronado State Historic Park.  Days 4 and 5 wrap up the Balloon Fiesta with a trip to the Pueblo Cultural Center and Sandia Tram.  Lots to see along with all the Balloon Fiesta Activities.

October: Loreto BCS Baja Mexico

We left Lola in California and flew to Baja California to enjoy the sun of Loreto at the Villa Del Palmar with some friends.

The last part of the year was spent continuing to fix-up our fixer upper.  We hope to be finished by late spring and back on the road to explore the Mountain States and the Dakotas.

Happy Trails and See you on the road in 2018

Jeff and Christine

Happy Trails and see you on the road in 2018!

Jeff and Christine

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