Back in October of last year (2013), I had the opportunity to Travel to Wyoming with Mario to see his Mother, meet his Grandmother and much of his family that lives out there. It was such a great trip to such a beautiful place. And, I got to meet some really great people, and spend valuable time with his Grandmother.
I had never been to Wyoming and had no idea what to expect. I didn’t pack either of my SLR cameras, not knowing the insane amount of photo opportunities there would be (at least, I know for next time…) So, I only took photos using my iPhone and then edited them lightly in Photoshop.
We had a rental car, and the second day we were there, we packed it up and headed out on a road trip to Thermopolis to stay over night.
This was taken at a spot on the way, called Hell’s Half Acre. It is a canyon type area with all these crazy rock formations. It looks like dinosaurs should be roaming or something. I was told that there used to be a motel and restaurant at the location. But, they both have since closed and the area is fenced off. It would be great to get back there with my real camera.
Up next are photos from our stay in Thermopolis. We spent some time exploring caves that Mario’s grandfather used to hang out in. Thermopolis has natural hot springs and the cave we went into was warm and steamy, like a small spa. But, I was too scared to get too far in or spend very much time inside.
Back in Casper, we got to spend some time on Gothberg Ranch, owned by Mario’s Uncle. It is one the most incredible properties I’ve seen. Mario’s Uncle took us on a tour of the land in a Kawasaki 4×4 jeep type thing. We busted up the hill towards Casper Mountain and it was beautiful. We ran into some of the cows that graze on the land ans well as his horses that are allowed to roam free on his huge property.
As we were cruising around on all this sprawling gorgeous land, I kept singing to myself “Give me land lots of land, under starry skies above, don’t fence me in…”
On my last day there (I had to head home early for school) Mario’s Mother took us to her mountain land. And to a nearby park with a waterfall. Most of the photos below were taken on her land, expect for the waterfall photo. This was another beautiful property. Only this time, we were in the mountains, surrounded by tall trees. It was such a pretty spot to hang out and explore in.