After leaving Loveland, Boise was our next major goal. We started scurrying along, not wanting to linger along the way.
When we left Loveland, it was cold. Very cold, as in “8 inches of snow” cold. So my biggest fear about arriving in Laramie Wyoming on Friday was the fear that the water would not yet be turned on at the Laramie KOA RV Park. The water was indeed on at the Laramie KOA. It turns out that what I SHOULD have been worrying about was the loose wire in the starter. You know, if your starter doesn’t work, you remain stationary – that’s a bad thing for us restless wanderers. But discovering the loose starter connection happened in the best possible way, as soon as we arrived in Laramie. It would have been much more unpleasant if we discovered the loose starter connection when we were all ready to drive away the next morning. Luck was with us, we soon located a mobile RV mechanic, got a quick repair, and set off for downtown Laramie to have pizza at a restaurant recommended by one of Leah’s friends. That pizza was the highlight of our time in Laramie.
The next day, Saturday, we started off bright and early for Rock Springs Wyoming. It was cold, grey, and windy. That is all.
Sunday we set off for Ogden Utah. We were pleasantly surprised to discover a brilliantly sunny day, with views of beautiful mountains, in a swell RV park that surpassed our expectations. It was Cinco de Mayo, so we had a splendid lunch at a charming restaurant called Taco Taco. Good food, good views, good weather, and good RV park – I was smiling all day.
Bright and early Monday morning we set off for the small (very small) town of Eden Idaho. The RV park destination advertised that it included a cafe. Upon arrival we inquired whether the cafe was still serving lunch. The way it worked was that the RV park receptionist went back to the cafe kitchen and made hamburgers for us. That lunch was truly outstanding – the burgers were good, the buns were good, the fries were good, there was some exotic special sauce for the fries. The entire meal was a delightful experience. After lunch we decided to do some sightseeing. We found the historic marker for the Snake River Canyon bridge. The canyon is a BIG hole in the ground at that location, so the first bridge in 1919 was quite the engineering endeavor and saved travelers the ordeal of crossing the river in a rowboat. The original 1919 suspension bridge was replaced in 1966 by the current cantilever bridge. We also drove into the town of Eden, which is actually a surprising distance from the RV park near the interstate. The farmland reminded us of time spent in Iowa, but John could not identify the crop even when we stopped for a close-up inspection. With the help of a cellphone photo and internet research, he later tentatively decided the crop was alfalfa.
Early Tuesday morning May 7th, my mom died. We set off for Boise Idaho as we had originally intended. However, now we were developing plans to leave the RV in an RV park, leave the cat in a kennel, and fly to Saint Louis quickly.