Various locations today

Here are some random photos taken throughout the day

As I was waiting for critters show up while loitering in the Observation tower I heard a jet flying high overhead:

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After leaving the scenic area I had spent most of the morning in I drove east to Laramie, Wyoming, where I was supposed to stay last night before deciding to get a motel room in Rawlins.  I stopped to apologize in person to the woman in whose home I was supposed to stay.  I then visited a few places in the Laramie area.

University of Wyoming/Laramie (Go Cowboys!!).  Their campus has the most beautiful sandstone buildings:

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East of town there is a tall statue featuring a bust of Abraham Lincoln peering down at the interstate highway.  He doesn’t look very happy.  His head is HUGE (visualize it compared to people who could be standing on the steps at the bottom of the photo).  This statue is at 8,640 feet of elevation near Sherman Hill, the highest point the transcontinental railroad route reached (see next photo).

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Next, further west to the Ames Monument, a tribute to two men, Oliver and Oakes Ames, who were promoters of the transcontinental railroad.  It is 60 feet tall and was constructed in 1881-82.  It marks a point called Sherman, a train inspection station,  before the railroad tracks were moved by Union Pacific railroad.

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Finally, as another brief rainstorm moved in to the area, I drove down to Fort Collins, Colorado, where I will be staying the next 4 nights.  As I got into town the rain had stopped and there was a double rainbow.  The right part of the inner arch was incredibly bright, perhaps the brightest I have ever seen.  As I waited to turn left and proceed into downtown Ft. Collins I noticed that I could see the entire lower arch.  I was hoping my Airbnb host, Eric, lived at one of the two ends but he does not.

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I had an awesome meal at a Mexican restaurant Eric recommended and was off to bed so I could get up at midnight local time and resume blogging!  The end of another totally awesome day!!

I will be posting more photos and information about the scenic area I was in in the coming days.

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Tomorrow I’ll start exploring Rocky Mountain National Park here in Colorado.  But I still need to go back two days and wrap up some loose ends from Hell’s Canyon and other parts of southern Idaho.  Those posts will start tomorrow evening.