June 2016 – Staying in Dayton, WY and sightseeing the area and Bighorn National Forest, etc.
I fell in love with the small town of Dayton, WY. The people were gracious. This is only my 2nd trip since I started my full-time lifestyle in 2005 that I took without my rv. The first was a weekend Peaches and I went with friends in TX and stayed in a B&B. This time, we stayed in a very old cabin in a very old rv park in Dayton. It worked for me. And my first night there, the gentleman in the room next to me was traveling from Europe – his first trip since his wife died. He almost didn’t come and decided she wouldn’t have wanted that. We sat outside and talked quite a bit that first evening.
My car in front of my room. The door on the right is the gentleman I mentioned above.
The sign, showing it’s age – but don’t let age fool you – it’s old and nothing is new, but the people were super and the room was clean.
Next door was the Crazy Woman Saloon. If I’d had more time, I would have visited.
One of the cute Little Free Libraries. Love it.
The Dayton Mercantile. I wanted to have a meal here but was always out during those hours – did have ice cream.
Dino – a memory from my childhood – still outside the gas station.
Kleber was considered the “Etcher Laureate of the Bighorns”. He lived in Dayton and the cabin was moved to this site during the Wyoming Centennial.
I really did find Dayton to be a little piece of heaven. I’ll go back.
Dayton WY on a bulding
Warning about a black bear sighted – within a block of here and where I’m staying.
One of the statues in town.
Peaches and I walked in this park each day. It’s wonderful
Dayton’s Bell Tower was built in 1911 to be used for fire alerts.
There is an off-leash pet area that Peaches had to herself every time we went in. But we enjoyed walking the paths more.
Peaches did take advantage of a romp in the fenced in area, too.
There were lots more birds than I could find. I could hear them and if I’d had more time would have found more.
It’s along water so you know where Peaches headed.
It was pretty fast moving.
Another of the statues.
Another view of the first statue I posted.
There were quite a few squirrels around, also.
The cg/motel we stayed at had bird feeders and bird baths. It’s always fun to see birds using them.
Downy Woodpecker, I believe
Daytime moon shot.
The Dayton Bell Tower
Now time to head into the Bighorns. One day to explore them was certainly not enough – but I always do like to know that I can come back and have lots more to see and even repeat.
On the road…
All along the road are these signs explaining the formations seen. Fascinating study of geography.
This then is the Amsden FM, in the Pennsylvanian Period.
And we’re in the Bighorn National Forest
And so much to learn. All of this was under water 500 million years ago.
Imagine this as under water. Wow.
Stopping at a NFS cg.
Sibley Lake was named from an 1876 battle.
Peaches leading me on a trail there. It was cold as we had gained quite a bit of elevation; we didn’t go far.
There were several ducks in the water.
I had to stop to take a picture at Burgess Junction
Now you see why I said it got chilly
Yes, that’s snow.
and more …
Yes, there was gold fever in these mountains, too.
It’s been awhile, but I’m hoping this is at the Medicine Wheel.
Medicine Wheel/Medicine Mountain
Not recommended for rv’s! I was in my car but the day was getting long and I had miles more to go.
Views at all times were gorgeous
How Bighorn Basin was created/
The colors are striking.
More Big Horn Basin info.
I stopped constantly to take pictures of the beauty around me.
The original Dayton-Kane Highway.
Bighorn Lake – forgive me – all my pics of the lake are blurry.
Big Horn Scenic Byway
The Lower Shell Schoolhouse
This post is so picture heavy already – should have divided things up better – but am stopping now and will do a shorter part two.