Big Sandy Recreation Area, Wyoming

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Big Sandy Recreation Area, Wyoming

We would have headed west out of the Tetons had it not been for the fact that Kathy had some minor skin surgery done in Rock Springs during our stay at the Escapees Escapade, and rather than pay extra for the stitches to be removed somewhere else at the 2 week window, we decided to head back south towards Rock Springs to be semi-near, so that she could head out for her stitch removal appointment. Besides she really liked this dermatologist as well so that is worth something. It turned out that this was a really great decision as we lucked out on the boondocking again.

Big Sandy Recreation Area, Wyoming

A Beautiful View

The Campendium app has been gold for us in finding dry camping locations and this was no exception. We got a choice spot right in front of the reservoir, a view of the mountains in the distance (although a bit hazy from smoke), and lots of walking and exploring of the surrounding desert to be done. Mocha loves these kind of places because there is nobody for many hundreds of feet all around, so she’s pretty much leash free the entire time. She loves to explore just as much as we do.

The Perseids Meteor Shower

By pure luck we happened to pull in 1 day before the 2 night peak of the annual Perseids meteor shower, and the forecast was for clear skies! We were nowhere near any light pollution whatsoever, so this was a first in our lives for us. We had never witnessed a meteor shower so remote before, and able to watch for hours into the morning if we so chose. The sky was clear from horizon to horizon. Kathy lasted about 20 minutes, and we saw quite a few. I stayed out for about another hour, as well as the next night. I did see quite a few of varying sizes, some very faint. There were a few doozies. But mostly I watched in awe of space and really soaking in the beauty of the universe. I’ll never forget that experience and this place the rest of my days.

Some Desert Exploring

We set out one day on a walk that ended up being a bit longer than we planned, due to seeing some interesting features in the desert landscape that drew us in to investigate. The features looked more man made, kind of a un-natural disturbing of the landscape although not completely obvious.

Upon investigating these anomalies we did find a lot of evidence of past human occupation, with some interesting debris.

One clear area looked like it may have been the remnant of a homestead, as it also had faint signs of parallel auto tracks that ended there. There was no structure left, but the terrain sure did look like there was habitation at some time in the distant past. Our curiosity was piqued and we began wandering off the trail into the surrounding desert on kind of an archeology expedition, searching for un-natural features in the landscape. It was a fun couple of hours imagining who it could be and what they could have been doing out there so remote.

There were a couple of beautiful sunsets, and some great scenery, and it was very peaceful and quiet. We stayed for about a week, with plans to stop in Rock Springs on our way out to empty our tanks, fill the fresh tank, stop at the UPS store for my delivery from Instyconnect, and head on to our harvest host on our way back west. Some parting photos:

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Yeah it was fun...

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Wow, the scenery is very beautiful and relaxing. Its nice to camp out there and learn the history of the place

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