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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thermopolis and Snake River

While I have been trying to meet a deadline at my "real" job, I have been working 14 hour days and have had to take a week long hiatus from my unpaid bloggy blog. I'm baaaaaack!!

For Photo Friday this week, I am breaking out some pictures from the vault! Last summer we headed to Wyoming (see related posts about Hell's Half Acre and the buffalo of Yellowstone). We visited Cody, Casper, and Yellowstone, as well as Denver, CO. On our way back to Casper where we were visiting family, we stopped in a little town called Thermopolis for a driving break. At this point, the kids had been in the car for 16 hours straight with a hotel break in the middle...Yellowstone is HUGE (that will be another miserable post later this week...let's just say we will always rent a minivan from now on!). Thermopolis was right in the middle of Casper and Cody. Thermopolis is famous for their hot springs and dinosaurs. They are still completing archeological digs and finding dinosaurs in the land. We took a break to wander through the Wyoming Dinosaur Center, modest but full of information. The Dinosaur Center would probably not keep a teenager busy for more than 20 minutes, but my 2 and 4 year old had a blast! It only takes about 30 minutes to walk through the exhibits. You can pay a little extra to take a bus tour to the dig sites. We decided not to experience this because our children might have disowned us if we put them back into a moving vehicle at that point. There is a very small cafe where we enjoyed a soda and let the kids play on the rocking Triceratops! It was a nice break and the kids were very happy the rest of the way to Casper! We drove along the Snake River for most of the last leg home.
Real teepees along the Snake River! Probably not real, but Seth thought they were cool!

Thanks to Debbie at Delicious Baby for hosting Photo Friday!


Anonymous said...

We went to Wyoming a couple of years ago, and I remember going through Thermopolis (think we stopped for lunch there).

We did a little geocaching along the Snake River, but missed the hot springs and dino center.

Looks like you had a great trip as well :)


Angela K. Nickerson said...

My husband used to talk and talk about Thermopolis -- one of his favorites growing up in Wyoming. Finally, last summer, we visited. You are right... it is great!

Jessie V said...

great photos!! i love traveling with kids. they are so honest

Anonymous said...

it does sound like the perfect stop for kids. what kid doesn't love dinosaurs? great photos.