Summer 2017, Day 13: Bighorn Canyon NRA

After a surprisingly quiet night at a local truck stop, we drove a couple miles to the visitor center for Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area:

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Before the Bighorn River was dammed to form Bighorn Lake, boats like these were used to navigate the rapids in the canyon:

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We left the RV at the visitor center and drove north along the canyon to an overlook.  We could see the lake far below:

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Our next stop was the trailhead for the ghost town of Hillsboro.  It was built as a homestead in 1903.  When gold mining failed to produce results, the homestead was converted to a dude ranch:

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Quite a few buildings remain:

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The old post office:

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We headed back to the truck:

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We continued south to the town of Greybull, where we noticed a number of vintage aircraft parked next to a rest stop.  It turned out to be the

Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting:

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The museum houses a collection of military aircraft converted for use in firefighting:

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This converted Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar sports a roof-mounted J34 jet engine salvaged from a Lockheed P-2 Neptune to allow takeoff from shorter runways:

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We continued south through Thermopolis into Wind River Canyon:

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We refueled in Lander and continued south to an overlook for Red Canyon:

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We continued south to overnight at the Walmart of Rock Springs, Wyoming.

See the alternating light blue line on the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2017, Day 12: Pompey’s Pillar NM
Summer 2017, Day 14: Killpecker Dunes, Flaming Gorge NRA, Dinosaur NM

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