Moving on – to Shoshoni, WY

9/16/16 (Friday) in Shoshoni, WY (Boysen State Park – $17 /night)

We weren’t in any hurry because it should just be a 2 hour drive. A camper was talking with a neighbor of ours, so we joined in. He was looking for a power/water spot to open up, so we told him we would be leaving soon. Thus we were on our way by 9:15. It was all on 2 lane highways (US Hwy 14 to WY Hwy 120 S to US Hwy 20. Decent roads.

After September 15 the Wyoming State Parks don’t take reservations, it’s first come, first served. So there aren’t really any check in/check out times either. The landscape was pretty similar; sagebrush with hills. Sort of like West Texas but with hills added. They call it Wyoming Prairie. Once we passed Thermopolis we entered Wind River Canyon. Pretty. Then 3 tunnels (14′ clearance) shortly before Boysen SP. The first sign for a Boysen campground is RIGHT after the 3rd tunnel, on your right, for a small park. If you turn in there, stay to the left of the Park sign for adequate room to turn right into that Park campground (Lower Wind River). Just a little ways beyond is a 2nd campground (Upper Wind River) and that’s where we stayed. It was larger, with grass and shade trees along with gorgeous views of the canyon on both sides. The Shoshoni River runs past both campgrounds. If you miss these first 2 there are 2 more (Brannon and Tamarisk) but they don’t look nearly as lovely – very open and dirt surroundings. These all are DRY campgrounds. We didn’t notice any dump station or place to take on water, but since we were only staying one day that was fine. They DO have a camp host, if you have questions. We had sandwiches for lunch and fired up the generator for our traditional “Fish Friday” supper. We enjoyed a lovely walk around the area – checking out the earthen Boysen Dam south of the campground. This was a beautiful, peaceful place.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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