Touring around Worland and Thermopolis Wyoming

First off let me share a link to a video that I shot while at Warren Bridge Campground outside of Pinedale. I was going to put it in our last update but my editing program took a dump and I just found a new one to test. Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1gCwyHNYfI&t=31s

Saturday morning (6/17/17) after a great visit with our friends Tom & Diane we lifted our jacks and headed out on a 266 mile travel day to Worland Wyoming.

This is a wildlife bridge over the highway. We love that they have these.

This is a wildlife bridge over the highway. We love that they have these.

We drove HWY 191 southeast until we reached Farson where we switched over to HWY 20 and followed it the rest of the way.


It was a 2 lane highway type of day which makes 266 miles a little longer but all of the roads were in great shape and they took us through some pretty country which made the drive go by pretty fast.

DUCK!!!

DUCK!!!

Duck 3 times!!

Duck 3 times!!

Once we were all set up and after a bite to eat and a little down time we headed out for our usual driving tour of the area which didn’t take long. Between Worland being a pretty small town and me being a little tuckered from the longer than usual driving day we found ourselves back home pretty early with the intention of cramming a lot in on Sunday, and we did!!
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Sunday morning (6/18) after our morning routine we jumped in the truck and drove 33 miles outside of town to check out a spot called Gooseberry Badlands.


Diane had read in a review that one visitor liked this area even better than Bryce Canyon so even though we couldn’t imagine anything out in this area coming close to matching Bryce we had to have a look for ourselves.
As soon as we pulled into the overlook parking lot we knew we were correct in our assumption about it not comparing to Bryce but hey, it was something new to see and there was a 1 ½ mile looped trail so we decided to make the best of it.

This would be the only rock I would let Diane pick up without giving her guff but no can do, it was in a protected place.

This would be the only rock I would let Diane pick up without giving her guff but no can do, it was in a protected place.

See our friend on the top of the ridge?

See our friend on the top of the ridge?

Come on down Diane!!

Come on down Diane!!

Oh Ok, sit down and rest while I wait down in this hole with o breeze.

Oh Ok, sit down and rest while I wait down in this hole with o breeze.

Other than a deer this was the only other critter we saw. Oh and a chipmunk.

Other than a deer this was the only other critter we saw. Oh and a chipmunk.

The trail is pretty easy but certainly not for those that are not overly steady on their feet and there are a set of wood and dirt stairs to navigate at one point but otherwise a well-marked trail.

We hiked the 1 ½ mile trail taking in the views of the many hoodoos and various rock formations before heading back to the truck to figure out our next stop which turned out to be the Dinosaur Museum in Thermopolis.

I’ll admit that the Dinosaur Museum wasn’t on the top of my list but Diane had been talking about it for a few days so the Dinosaur Museum it would be, she puts up with my train and plain museums LOL!!!


As we pulled up to the museum even Diane started having second thoughts because it certainly didn’t have the curb appeal we had expected or the size but once we went inside our thoughts changed, it was jam packed with more actual real artifacts than probably any other museum of this type that we have visited.


And if just looking isn’t enough you can go on tours of actual dig sites which seemed to be popular but we didn’t do that. But we did spend easily 2 hours touring the museum.
Even though it might seem like we are putting a lot of pictures of the museum in our update keep in mind that when I walked out I had taken around 75 pictures LOL!!! That’s a lot for a guy who wasn’t really interested in going in the first place. But I whittled it down to just these.

 

 

Here is a link that tells all about the museum in case you have a hankering to research more. http://www.wyodino.org/

After seeing all of the dinosaurs in the museum Diane headed straight to these. But I bribed her, a beer & burger or a stuffed dinosaur,,,, as expected she picked the beer & burger LOL!!

After seeing all of the dinosaurs in the museum Diane headed straight to these. But I bribed her, a beer & burger or a stuffed dinosaur,,,, as expected she picked the beer & burger LOL!!

After the Museum we headed downtown to the One Eyed Buffalo Brewery for a little lunch and an adult beverage before heading to the Hot Springs State Park at the edge of town (the oldest state park in Wyoming).

 

 

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Once we reached the state park we realized we stumbled into a car show!!! Perfect timing, HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ME!!!

I think we would fit it that just fine. Can it be towed????

I think we would fit it that just fine. Can it be towed????


For a small town they had a pretty good car show going on with music playing, food vendors and even a full bar set up.

This made me think back to when I was a kid. My dad had the plastic covers put in every new car that I can remember growing up.

This made me think back to when I was a kid. My dad had the plastic covers put in every new car that I can remember growing up.

I had an old Olds 442 like this except green. Fun & fast.

I had an old Olds 442 like this except green. Fun & fast.


We wandered through the drooling over a few rides that we could see ourselves tooling down the road in before heading to the truck and driving to a different section of the park that had a few Bison roaming around for a look see.


After the Bison we headed down to the swinging bridge that was built in 1916 and crosses the Big Horn River and to aw at the colorful travertine bank that the hot springs have created along the river.

Crossing the swinging bridge at Hot Springs State Park

Crossing the swinging bridge at Hot Springs State Park

I read that over 3 million gallons of 135 degree mineralized hot water is discharged each day from the springs. Some of the water channeled and regulated to two bathing pools that we didn’t go check out but I guess is a huge draw for visitors.

The look on your face after dipping your foot in water and then finding out it's 135 degree's!!

The look on your face after dipping your foot in water and then finding out it’s 135 degree’s!!


By the time we finished up at the state park we felt like we had a pretty full day of touring and headed home to rest up for another long travel day that would be coming the next morning. Yup, it was a short 2 night stop but we stuffed it pretty full of sightseeing.

You will need to stop back in to see where we landed next but it’s bound to be chocked full of touring as well.

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4 Responses to Touring around Worland and Thermopolis Wyoming

  1. Wow, Dave, you packed a lot into this blog. Looks like you two are having a great time!

  2. Sandie says:

    We drove through those same tunnels on Saturday. (or was it Sunday – I’m losing track). That drive through the Wind River Canyon is so incredible. But we didn’t stop to do any touring so it’s fun to see what you guys explored in that area.

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