We didn't spend long in the squarest of the square states, but we had a blast visiting Wyoming. It's definitely being added to the "must come back" list.
After leaving the gorgeous mountaintop of Strawberry Bay, Utah, we weaved through the hills and canyons to make our way through the corner of Wyoming. And yes, there were some big buttes, and I cannot lie! (which we definitely pronounced correctly and not in the immature manner the entire drive...)
Because it was such a short stay — just one full day — we chose to stay in a KOA (that was a lot of rhyming). Now, KOAs aren't our favorite places to stay, but they definitely have perks. For example, this one had a nice laundry facility, which we were in dire need of by that point. Luckily, their dryers worked and we had coins, so we didn't have to dry our underwear hanging around the campsite.
KOAs are also usually pretty good with the amenities in the campsite. This one was full hookup with water, electricity, and septic, so we could take full-length showers in the camper! They also typically have cable or TV hookups, which we rarely use. This time, however, it did rain for most of our one full day, so we ended up watching a few movies in the trailer.
When we rolled into the campsite and got set up, we popped the cooler and realized we needed more "soda"! After a quick Google search, we saw there was a liquor store just up the road. It also just so happened to be in the same parking lot as a Murdoch's.
We walked through the door of the liquor store and thought we went into a different dimension. We were standing in the middle of a bustling casino! There were slot machines, flashing lights, and ringing bells all around us.
As it turns out, Wyoming's laws are a bit less strict compared to their neighbor, Utah. This building (which was in the middle of a small shopping center) was half casino and half liquor store. Literally, the room was split in two, with a little half-wall separating the sides.
Hopping over to the other side of the room, we browsed the selection of local brews and picked a couple to restock our cooler. Everyone there was so friendly. We forgot to get ice for the cooler, and when we went back in to grab a bag, they told us to just grab it for free — which is just one example of the free or discounted stuff we got for basically no reason at all!
We then made our obligatory stop to Murdoch's, where Rose found a lovely new western-style jacket to look the part out here in Cowboy Country. We even showed it off in front of a beautiful Wyoming sunset.
Since we wanted to explore more of Wyoming than just a shopping center and a Murdoch's, we did make a day trip(ish) to a nearby town called Rock Springs. And it had a brewery, aptly named Square State Brewing. There was barely anyone in the entire town. So after we had our beer, we walked around and explored the little main street area. Rock Springs was apparently a bustling mining town in its heyday, so there was a lot of train and mining memorabilia scattered around.
Our trip to Wyoming was short and somewhat rainy, but we feel like we had a great experience that really showcased what the state was all about. It's a nice, laid-back, and friendly atmosphere surrounded by some of the most incredible scenery you could ever hope to find. We'll definitely be going back to Wyoming, and this time for a longer stay!
He likes pizza.