Living it up at Buckboard Crossing

We are still hanging at Buckboard Crossing. Yesterday we did take a trip to the South end of the lake to see the city of Manila and another campground to see if we wanted to move, and to get ice cream. Manila is a one small grocery, one gas station plus a few houses type of town. The interesting thing is that the gas and groceries were not outrageously priced. As the campground goes, the only advantage there was the presence of a herd of antelope. Since I got a couple of pictures, no need to return. These were the first antelope I have seen on this trip.

“fa la …where the deer and antelope play… la di da”

Now if I can just sneak like a chamellion…

Gotta get across the road before those chickens…

If I pretend you aren’t there then I can continue to graze…

Tags: Wyoming

Arrival at Flaming Gorge National Rec. Area / NFS Buckboard Crossing Campground

Where is Flaming Gorge National Rec. Area / NFS Buckboard Crossing Campground?
Todays travel: map item #38 to #39 , 140 miles

This is my camp spot:

This is “their” camp spot:

The ‘no elbow room’ shot is a commercial campground across the road. The shot of my camping site is in an empty NFS campground that may be closed, but doesn’t even have a gate to shut to close it. So I may be asked to leave if they are trying to close it. The camp fee here is $15.00/night, $7.50 GAP rate. Electric can be had for an additional $4.00/night. Off course I can pass on that – or not.

I had a slightly difficult time getting here as I had to stop several times. Once for diesel, once for propane, once to dump my tanks, and another time (actually at the destination) to fill with water as I did not like the looks of the fresh water fill setup where I dumped.

There doesn’t appear to be much here but a marina. So I may move soon, after I nap here a day or two.

Tags: Camp sites, Wyoming

About Atlantic City, WY

Tomorrow (Monday) I will be leaving the Atlantic City area, somewhat regrettably, but since all the available lots appear to be owned by folks not motivated to price-to-sell, I cannot buy one.

This small town (I heard that approx. 20 folks weather the winter) is the closest thing to the fictional town of Cicely, AK that I have encountered. Remember the TV sitcom called “Northern Exposure”, where Cicely was mostly owned by the retired astronaut Maurice, and home of the other main characters Dr. Joel Fleischman, Maggie, Ed and Chris? Good program. Well, Atlantic City even comes with it’s own moose roaming down Main Street, according to Rod and Jo of the Miner’s Grubstake restaurant. But I have not had the luck to see this apparition which apparently appears after dark. In fact I have not seen a moose or elk this entire trip. I have to wonder, what are all the hunters chasing?

Rod and Jo have been gracious restaurant hosts, providing answers to my non-stop questions about the town, the area and refilling my endless thirst for coffee. Their directions to local things-to-see pointed me to the side trips that I would have been oblivious to otherwise. And Rod’s knowledge of the town, which he called a “little Peyton Place”, was entertaining to an inquisitive visitor.

And let’s not forget the great food at a very reasonable price. My last meal at the Grubstake was a delicious buffalo burger.

I have enjoyed my visit near Atlantic City. I will definitely be dropping by again in a year or two. When filtered by my list of preferences for RV destinations, Atlantic City floats straight to the top!

Atlantic City is serviced by two BLM campgrounds just a couple of miles from town, the Atlantic City campground and the Big Atlantic Gulch campground. The latter one is small, only eight sites, but is ideal for folks requiring sky views for satellite internet or solar systems. The other is a few times larger but has sites mostly in trees, therefore not good for sky exposure. Both campgrounds are primitive. A host at the larger campground services both. Also, the camp fees are a cheap $6.00/night, $3.00/night for Golden Age Passport holders. That leaves you with enough cash to eat at the Miner’s Grubstake and bother Rod and Jo with all your questions!

For more info about the area click on the Categories Atlantic City and South Pass City below.

View Atlantic City WY from space on Google Earth.
See aerial view of the Campgrounds.
(Google Earth must be installed on your computer)

Tags: Atlantic City WY, South Pass City WY, Wyoming

Handcart Willie visited

Yesterday I visited the site of Handcart Willie. I have no pictures because my camera has malfunctioned.

Willie led a group of Mormons westward toward Utah in the mid 1800’s. Unfortunately his judgment should have been questioned before they departed on the fateful journey. His company was equipped with wooden wheeled hand carts rather than horse drawn wagons. Although necessitated due to minimal funds, the hand carts were a bad idea. Apparently many of the older folks ended up being pulled in the hand carts by the younger folk due to the hardship presented by the carts.

The hand carts probably slowed him down. At any rate his company encountered an seasonally early snow storm that halted them in their tracks. They survived as best they could, but many were frozen to death and buried in a mass grave on the plains near here.

The grave site is marked and fenced. The Mormons have created a tent campground there and they use it for pilgrimages there periodically, especially for the children who are required to pull hand carts to understand the difficulty that Handcart Willie’s company encountered.

Wikipedia has an extensive article on the hand cart companies. From wikipedia:

The Mormon handcart pioneers were participants in the migration of members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the LDS Church) to Salt Lake City, Utah, who used handcarts to transport their belongings. The Mormon handcart movement began in 1856 and lasted until 1860.

Motivated to join their fellow Church members but lacking funds for full ox or horse teams, nearly 3,000 Mormon pioneers from England, Wales, Scotland and Scandinavia made the journey from Iowa or Nebraska to Utah in ten handcart companies. The trek was disastrous for two of the companies, which started their journey dangerously late and were caught by heavy snow and severe temperatures in central Wyoming. Despite a dramatic rescue effort, more than 210 of the 980 pioneers in these two companies died along the way. John Chislett, a survivor, wrote, “Many a father pulled his cart, with his little children on it, until the day preceding his death.”

Tags: Atlantic City WY, Wyoming

Hamilton City (aka. Miners Delight) ghost town

I was just sitting here watching the aspen quake, then thought to write a little about Miner’s Delight, a true ghost town. No one living there except ghosts and goblins soaring eerily above the mine shafts. Nonetheless I managed to snap a few pictures as I back-pedaled a hasty retreat. As always the apparitions do not appear in the pictures.

The introductory plaque.

A couple of typical ghostly buildings, 2 of about 8 that survive, appear below. No restoration here! The function of no building was discernible except one (not shown here). The first person to identify the recognizable building will receive a congratulatory acknowledgment in the blog.

Building No. 1.

Building No. 2.

On a nearby rocky-top (in Wyoming?) lies an ancient grave yard that has only one marker. The tombstone marks the grave of Anna Anderton (1837-1875), without a hint as to others that may be there.

Tags: Wyoming