Thermopolis, Wyoming

Moving forward to Thermopolis Wyoming I learned a lesson. The lesson learned is never drive to close to the person ahead of you. I knew not to do so, but for some reason did it anyway.

I was tired and did not want to get too far away from my husband whom I was driving too close to. Needless to say, he was able to avoid the object in the middle of the lane we were on and I was not.

I ended up getting a flat tire and had to wait for a tow truck. The tow truck arrived two hours later and brought us to a garage for a quick tire change and we were on our way again.

The two-hour delay was because AAA emailed the tow guy and did not bother to call and make sure he received the email. The guy apologized for taking so long to come and explained that his internet was down when the email was sent.

I wasn’t bothered in the least. The one good thing about smartphones is that we can watch Netflix to entertain ourselves when we can’t go too far from where we need to be.

Just posing with some Buffalo no need to worry they are metal statues.

Luckily once we arrived at the tire store it only took another 45 minutes at the most to have the tire replaced. My middle and I took advantage of that time and went to the grocery store next door bought some kombucha, a cooked rack of ribs, and a veggie platter to share for lunch. Once the tire was replaced it only took another 60 minutes to reach the campground in Thermopolis.

Of course my kids had to make the bridge swing.

Swinging bridge fun. This walking bridge is located at the hot springs state park.

We stayed for a few days exploring dinosaur museums and the hot springs as well as Legend Rock Petroglyph. Legend rock became a Wyoming state park in 1973 this state park petroglyphs site has over 300 figures curved into the sandstone. Below is a link with more information.

The hot springs we visited was the hot springs state park. There is a walking path that we were able to walk around and observe the different sections of the springs. In one section there was a swinging bridge the kids loved running, jumping on, and making it sway by rocking back and forth. They all just enjoy making mama nauseous. Below are some pictures of the sun setting over the hot springs.

Kaarina photography

The next day we went and enjoyed the pools. As you walk into the building the front desk is straight ahead to the right there is a store for you to buy swimsuits or whatever you may need. If you move to the right and around the front desk you will come to the locker rooms. Quickly changing into our suits and rinsing off we all head to the pool and started swimming around.

Sunset at the hot springs

I headed to the sauna first (sorry I forgot to list that above). After spending time in the pool inside we headed outside and discovered a diving platform and a waterslide. Luke decided that he wanted to give diving a shot and climbed to the top but ended up coming right back down. I do not blame him what’s so ever it was a pretty high platform. Oh, if you don’t want to bring your towels no need to worry they can provide them for a fee but I feel it is worth it especially if you don’t want the wet towels lying around the camper/hotel room. If you end up in Thermopolis I provided a link below in case you want to learn more.

After spending time at the hot springs we toured the Wyoming dinosaur museum. Kids and adults had a grand time looking at all the fossils, playing on the interactive, computers, and reading the informational plaques.

This owner has a camera

Thermopolis dinosaur museum

We enjoyed doing size comparisons of everybody and the bones of the dinosaurs. The kids also enjoyed feeling the T-Rex femur and were amazed at how smooth it felt with some rough spots. Below is a link to the Wyoming Dinosaurs Center.

A neat interactive learning screen for them to see where the dinosaurs were found and how to say their names.
Great display of dinosaurs with plagues describing each dino and what kind they are.
Height comparison with T-Rex Femor
This fossil is a
Open roads and blue skies

Our stay in Thermopolis, Wyoming complete, we head on to Reed Point, Montana. This trip luckily only took three and a half hours to drive. Upon arrival, our son went for a walk around the neighborhood.

This walk brought him to a couple of escaped goats. Ignoring them he kept walking but on his third time around it could no longer be ignored. He decided that it was up to him to bring them back to their home. With the decision made he approached a person and asked where the goats belonged and proceeded to go ring the goat owner’s doorbell.

This doorbell had a camera and microphone so he talked to the person through the doorbell explaining that the goats were out and he wanted to know where they are supposed to be. He has a hard time speaking so I am sure the owner did not understand what was being said. Anyways the folk of Reed Point found out we were in town and my son got a free ride in the sheriff’s truck.

A little later that day the goat owner came and apologized for calling the cops, explaining that she was at a prenatal check-up and thought my kid looked like a boy that ran away from home in South Dakota.

Reed Point was once part of the Crow Indian Reservation. A treaty was signed and it became a town for those looking for land and grew to a population of 300 in the early nineteen hundreds. today’s population is 177. This town puts on a sheep drive every year that consists of food and craft stands and at the end of the day, they take the sheep out of the pen and herd them through town.

This concludes our trip from California to Montana. I am sorry it took so long to complete. I hope you all had a great week and are having a relaxing weekend. Thank you for taking the time to read/look at the pictures


By Fulltiming in the US

Where to begin! I am first a mom of three; one boy and two girls. We travel around the US with my husband and homeschool on the road! last year I learned to make homemade soap and sell it for a small income.


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