Pambling Roads ~~ Wyoming to Montana
Pambling Roads ~~ Wyoming to Montana
Pambling Roads, Meeting the Americans brought us all over the United States and Canada. Our excitement has slowly been building. Now that we have spent some time in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana are next on our must visit list. South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana are all areas I have written about in my Wilderness Series. The time travel historical fiction tells the story of a young doctor who finds herself in the middle of Sioux country. I’ve dreamed of the area, felt as if I was standing on the very soil that Sitting Bull, Gall, and Crazy Horse tread. Seeing everything, feeling the earth underneath my feet, walking the trails was inspiring for me. To be on the very soil that I wrote about, only imagined in my head, and now being there, was a dream come true.
Black Hills, Wyoming
There is a huge difference between South Dakota drivers and Wyoming drivers. Wyoming drivers are pushy and rude. They take way too many suicidal chances: speeding, passing on curves, passing on hills, passing on curves with hills, driving too fast in mountainous areas and going into the oncoming lane on a curve because of excessive speed…just to name a few. We had to hit our brakes multiple times because vehicles were passing other vehicles and were in our lane…and no, a head on collision wasn’t on my bucket list!
We also watched a bit of road rage going on where someone in a Lamborghini passed us (on a curve, speeding) being chased by someone in a Camaro who also passed us (not on a curve but flooring it) trying to chase down the Lamborghini. This wasn’t a very relaxing nor enjoyable ride. We were also curious why someone driving a Camaro would actually believe they could catch a Lamborghini.
There were no rest areas for us to stop on the way to Sundance, Wyoming from Custer, SD. When we arrived in Sundance a little earlier than check-in time, we asked the clerk at the front desk if we could use the facilities. (Rodeway Inn) We explained to her that we would be checking in and understood that we were early. She refused to allow us to use any facilities on the property and recommended the dingy, rundown gas station next door.
Even though we understand that they can’t let just anyone use their facilities, she did know we were going to be staying there because we gave her our names. Whether reasonable or unreasonable, their denial left us with a bad taste for Rodeway Inn and the town of Sundance.
Instead of using the gas station, we chose to hit the highway (90) looking for a rest area. There were none to be found so we headed to Devil’s Tower and used their facilities (an hour from the hotel). We were not happy with Rodeway Inn.
We stayed one night at the Rodeway in Sundance, Wyoming.
Devil’s Tower was fascinating. If you have ever seen “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, you have seen the enormous butte. Over 1200 feet above the Belle Fourche River, it has huge vertical fractures. It has become a rock climbers dream. There is a voluntary ban on rock climbing, although we did see some people up on the side. We walked along the tower trail that circles the butte, a little over a mile. The views from the trail, the foliage, and trees were a hiker’s paradise. There are several trails and paths for hikers. Technically, it is over 5000 feet above sea level.
We stayed at the Rodeway Inn, which was a bit pricey for what we had but it was a nice stay. The rooms were clean and smelled fresh. The continental breakfast was delicious and enjoyable. The employees were great, friendly, and courteous.
Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument
This was a must. Considering that I wrote, lived, and breathed the Little Bighorn Battle in the second book, I had to see it. I had to walk it, touch it, and breathe where the history I wrote about actually happened.
There is an entrance fee to the park and we also, (for an additional fee) took the guided bus Apsaalooke tour.
The Little Bighorn Park has a national cemetery honoring all veterans of war, as well as Native American veterans. The museum, visitor’s center, and store were definitely worth visiting.
It is, in in my opinion, the last major battle found between the Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho. The narrated bus tour took us to the Reno-Benteen battlefield and around to Last Stand Hill (Custer). They stick with the facts and historical interpretations from the events leading up to the battle. Stones mark the area where the warriors and soldiers fell in battle.
Big Horn County Historical Society Museum
We spent a few hours visiting this museum in Hardin. There is a huge selection of artifacts and photographs inside the museum/visitor center, as well as a multitude of buildings (over 25), agricultural equipment, wagons, vehicles, and historical information on the grounds. The young man who took care of us at the desk was friendly and courteous. He answered our many questions and was very helpful.
We stayed at the Best Western in Butte. All was good as gold, as usual. We ate at the Perkins Restaurant multiple times. I was impressed. Way too many years ago (in the 80’s) I worked for Perkins for almost ten years and know exactly what they are supposed to do, etc. They were great!
Butte Montana has the largest area of historical homes in the United States. It is obvious that they are working hard to preserve and save their heritage and historical homes. A person could spend a week exploring all the cultural and historical areas of Butte.
After discovering the town, we took a short drive a little farther west and my husband and I had the honor to meet and visit with the incredible authors, Kat and Larry Martin. We visited with them for a few hours and then headed back to our hotel. It was a wonderful visit and we were thrilled to meet them.
Thank you for taking the time to continue to read Pambling Roads. I appreciate the emails and comments. I love to hear from readers.
The Wilderness Series
Dreams - our most intimate desires where you find yourself in a world without rules or boundaries. Modern-day surgeon, Karen Anderson, transported into the past - finds herself dreaming of faraway lands, the power of mind over matter...spirited away, swept into the arms of the sensual, dark-haired warrior, Standing Deer. Her scientific mind wants to reject what she can see and feel. From her modern-day hustle and bustle to the serenity of the life on the Plains...to the battle for freedom, she finds herself fighting for her life. Over the span of time, they fight for yesterday and together find the promise of tomorrow.
Across the Wilderness book 1 - Available in print and e-book
The time-travel saga continues. Dr. Karen Anderson returns to the past, to the Lakota and her life with Standing Deer. The Little Big Horn Battle – Custer’s Last Stand looms, ending a lifestyle the People have always known. Over the span of time, they fight for freedom and the promise of tomorrow. Death follows all who oppose the westward movement. Book 2 of the Wilderness Series is now available as an e-book on Amazon.
Into the Wilderness book 2
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