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Wyoming is the 10th most extensive of the states within America but the least populated in the U.S. The western region is covered mostly with the Rocky Mountain’s ranges and range lands and its eastern area being the High Plains. Its capital is Cheyenne also being the most populated city in the state. According to the 2013 census, Wyoming has just over 582,658 inhabitants. [wikipedia]

Super 8

Super 8 Motels
~ Worldwide ~

I’ve spent many nights at the Super 8 – some locations are amazing, others can be seedy. It depends on the city and the manager, neighborhood, and environment. They are one of the world’s largest budget hotel chains – with motels throughout the United States, Canada, and China. They are part of the Wyndham Worldwide chain. The chain was started by Dennis Brown in 1972 alongside his partner Ron Rivett in 1973. They started renting rooms for $8.88/night which gave name to “Super 8”. The first motel was in Aberdeen South Dakota, hosting 60 rooms in 1974. It had a stucco exterior with an English Tudor style inspired by Rivett’s father-in-law who did stucco construction for a living, the remaining architecture was created by Rivett. Through the years they kept the English Tudor style as well as locating themselves near Holiday Inn’s as a marketing strategy. The first franchise was sold in 1976 in Gillette, Wyoming. They broke out of the Midwest in 1978 opening up in New York and Washington State. In 1976 they created a VIP club program which was later purchased by Hospitality Franchise Systems, then Cendant in 1993. This was dissolved in 2003 and replaced by TripRewards converting to Wyndham Rewards in 2008. By 2014 they had over 2,390 hotels. They opened their first hotel in China during 2004 in Beijing. They offer their guests standard amenities including free WiFi, a continental breakfast, hair dryers, coffee makers, laundry, and a lobby. Some locations have pools and meeting rooms, while some of the larger Super 8’s have restaurants.

Locations I’ve visited:

  • Lincoln City, Oregon: 3517 N, US-101, Lincoln City, OR 97367; (541) 996-9900. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. This location has a fabulous tourism placement across from a public beach. Its a rather small building and hotel with few rooms. Its less than a mile from the Chinook Winds casino. They have mini-fridges and microwaves in the room, coin laundry, free coffee, truck parking, and a small conference room. Its located along Highway 101.

Rated: 4 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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State of Wyoming, USA


Entering Wyoming from Colorado, 8/31/10

Wyoming, United States of America
* http://wyoming.gov *

Otherwise known as “The Cowboy State” or “Big Wyoming”, the State of Wyoming is one of the last stands of the Wild West and is located in the Western United States. Two-thirds of the state is covered by mountains and rangelands in the foothills of the Eastern Rocky Mountains and the Eastern third of the state consists of the High Plains. It is the tenth largest U.S. state by land mass but stands with the lowest population of roughly 563,626. They call themselves the “Equality State” and believe for their motto to be about “Equal rights”.

Wyoming signed a suffrage act into law extending the rights for women to vote in 1869 becoming the first state to do so as well as for many other Women’s rights in politics such as having the first woman on a jury, first femal court bailiff, first female justice of the peace, and the first to have a female governor. This is why Wyoming is known as the “Equality State”. The Capital of Wyoming is “Cheyenne”. Its highest point is “Gannett Peak” standing at 13,809 feet above sea level. Its lowest elevation is the “Belle Fourche River” at 3,099 feet above sea level. Wyoming was admitted to Union on July 10th, 1890. The state is bordered on the north by Montana, to the East by South Dakota and Nebraska, to the south by Colorado, the southwest by Utah, and the West by Idaho. The Continental Divide spans from the north to the south across the central part of the state. Rivers east of the divide drains into the Missouri River Basin onwards to the Gulf of Mexico. These are the Rivers known as the North Platte, Big Horn, Yellowstone, and Wind. To the Northwest the Snake River and the Green Rivers drain into the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. In the central part of the state, in the Great Divide Basin, the waters in this area do not empty into any Ocean but rather sinks into the soil or evaporates. Most of the land in Wyoming is managed by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management), the National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. Wyoming is notorious for its remarkable National Parks such as the Yellowstone National Park,
Grand Teton National Park, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area,
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Devils Tower National Monument, Fossil Butte National Monument, the California National Historic Trail,
Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail, Oregon National Historic Trail, Pony Express National Historic Trail, Medicine Wheel National Historic Site, and the National Parkways: John D. Rockefeller, and the Jr. Memorial Parkway. It is estimated that Wyoming receives over 6 million visitors to its National Parks and Monuments every year (2002 statistics). Yellowstone is the world’s first national Park.

Wyoming was originally inhabited by several Native American groups including the Crow, Arapaho, Lakota, and Shoshone. Once Europe invaded the the Americas, Wyoming originally became part of the Spanish and later the Mexican territories of Alta California until ceded to the United States in 1848 with the Mexican-American War. France hosted some explorers into the region such as the Lewis and Clark Expedition, French trappers, and a few other explorers all of whom recorded much of the earlier histories of what is now Yellowstone National Park. It is believed that Wyoming received its name as early as 1865 and comes from the Munsee name xwé:wam?nk, meaning “at the big river flat”. Federal Government established he Wyoming Territory on July 25, 1868. It was added to the Union as the 44th state on July 10, 1890. The state was the location of the Johnson County War of 1892 upon which the “Heaven’s Gate” film (1980) was based erupting beween competing groups of cattle ranchers.

Much of the state is susceptible to rain and snow storms, thunderstorms, and high winds. The southeastern corner is the most vulnerable part of the state to tornadoes. Because of the wind power in the State, wind farms generating electricity became a gross state product producing over 27.4 billion in revenue. Other revenues from the state involve mineral extractions, agriculture, cattle ranching, and tourism.

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    References:

  • Baurley, Thomas 2015 Alternative America: Travel Guide to the U.S.A. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
  • McGowan, Leaf 2015 Magical America. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
  • Wikipedia 2015 “United States of America” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States referenced 8/16/15.

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Devil’s Slide, Utah


Devil’s Slide, Utah

Devil’s Slide, Utah
Along the I-84 corridor is an interesting geological feature called the “Devil’s Slide”. It rests in northern Utah’s Weber Canyon near Croydon, Utah of Morgan County. The feature is two parallel parts of limestone strata that lie vertical 40 feet out of the mountainslide forming what appears to be a ‘slide’. Intervening layers eroding quicker have formed a channel about 25 feet wide running down the mountain.

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Firehole Canyon Campground, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area – Wyoming


Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Wyoming

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area – “Firehole Canyon” campground
Wyoming * http://www.wyomingtourism.org/overview/Flaming-Gorge-Recreation-Area/32475
* Elevation: 6,300 ft. * Open Seasonally May 12 – September 18 * $14 per day – Single * $28 per day – double * Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 * 7 water spigots * hot showers * pay phone * 40 sites * Swimming * Boating * Fishing * Camping * Hiking *

We weren’t sure what we were in store for since we wandered off I-80 from Rock Springs forest road located from Highway 191 south at 1:00 am in search for a affordable camping location with showers. Morning demonstrated a most fabulous hidden and unpopulated camping spot that I’ll be sure to visit again, many times. I’m not even sure where I found this special little gem in my GIS/Topographic map collections, as its not highly advertised. This however is the closest National campground to I-80 south of Green River. Also the first of many outlets into the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. Its a bit of a jaunt off the interstate trail, but not unbearable, even at 1:00 am. At 1:00 am, we rolled in, did the courtesy drop-payment pole, and quickly found a campsite. There were only about 2-4 other camps staying there out of the 40 spots they have available. Not bad for a thursday night in the heart of summer, with a lake. Campsites overlook the Green River and the chimney rock formations in the horizon. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area consists of 201,000+ acreas of land surrounding the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The Reservoir which is fed by the Green River is 91 miles long with over 375 miles of shoreline ranging from low flats to cliffs more than 1,500 feet high. The River and Reservoir are a very popular fishing destination amongst Americans as it offers trout fishing year round. Plenty of boat ramps located close to all the campgrounds make fishing very easy. The area has alot of history as well as alot of petroglyphs can be found in the region from Native Americans who lived in or passed through the area hundreds of years before European contact. The Crow named the Green River “Seeds-ka-dee-a” which means “prairie hen”. Prior to 1848 this area belonged to Mexico but was annexed to the U.S. after the Mexican War. Other areas of the park were once posessed by France, Spain, Britain, Mexico, and the early state of California and the Mormon state of Deseret. The area was combed and explored by Major John Wesley Powell who mapped the area initially and gave it the name “Flaming Gorge” during his expeditions down the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1869 and 1871. The area is speckled with amazing geological formations from pinnacles to chimneys, various stratum layers, and formations accumulated from silt and mud as early as 40 million years ago. The area is also populated with many floral and faunal fossils from the prehistoric times. The campground is on the north end of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Firehole Canyon with a single loop on a sagebrush covered flat above the reservoir in the shadow of the North and South Chimney Rock landmarks. Each campsite is clustered next to another with a shared ramada and side-by-side parking, picnic tables, fire pits/grills, and some scattered Russian Olive trees. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Visited 7/1/09-7/2/09.

    DIRECTIONS: In Rock Springs, WY, at intersection of Business Loop I80 (Dewar Dr.) and I80, take I80 west 2.8 miles to exit 99 (US Rt. 191 south). Turn left onto Rt. 191 and go 13.9 miles to Firehole Can. sign (County Rt. 33). Turn right at sign onto Rt. 33 and go 9.9 miles to Firehole sign. Turn right at sign and go 0.5 miles to campground.

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