Sunday, June 03, 2018

Cottonwood Creek Campground

So after a couple of set backs, I'm finally posting about our 1st camping trip of 2018.
 This is VERY picture heavy!

What were the set back's, you ask. 
Well the first one was this monstrosity falling during a Thursday evening storm. 

Thankfully it only left surface scratches on the body and no dents, the largest part of the branch is out of camera range and about a 20 feet long and foot or more in width.
The second set back was just grocery shopping, nothing exciting there.

OK, so now on to the camping trip.

We left before noon on Thursday the 24th and headed south down to Lovell, Wyoming and then several miles outside of town to the Cottonwood Creek Campground.

Very quite and no traffic noise with only one road in and out. When set up in our spot we could see anyone coming up the road. I thought it would be mostly empty as it was only us and one other trailer when we got there, boy was I wrong. 
By that first evening we had four (4) other 5th wheels show up along with a cargo trailer that carried three (3) of the seven (7) ATV's they brought. They went wheelin' every day but only after noon so they weren't noisy neighbors.
On Friday 25th three (3) more trailers showed up and a camper parked 1/4 mile down the road but posted their horses in the corrals, that are there. So this little campground that only has seven designated camping spots, had a total of nine trailers/campers enjoying the Memorial Day weekend.
Sorry, didn't get a picture with the four paints.
There is even a watering area for horses down on the left side of where we were parked. 

We had a couple of quiet evening with nice cool breezes blowing through the windows on both Thursday and Friday.
Lots of beautiful views in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming.

This was the view from our dinning table.

And out of the kitchen window, made cooking and doing dishes nicer.
You can see the watering area for the horses in this shot.

You could barely make out the town of Lovell during the day.

But at night you could see all the lights in town.

The first nights graced us with beautiful sunsets.

We took a trip into town on Saturday the 26th to pick up a couple of water jugs to put in the tank on the trailer. Lesson of the day: check the water when you are on level ground before you leave the house. 
We found this while driving thru town.

C & R Liquor, a drive-thru liquor store. Never seen one before.
It's part of the Red Apple Supermarket in Lovell where we bought the water jugs. We also found a section of freeze dried foods from Agason Farms and came home with two #10 cans of potato dices @ $6.56 each and a #10 can of honey powder @ $15.39. They were less than what they sell for on line. We plan on stopping in again the next time were in Lovell.

We also took a drive up the Bighorn Pass. There was still snow on the mountain and berms 6 foot high or better in areas where they had plowed to open the road.

And as always the views were amazing.

This was the sign at the mid point of the Bighorn Pass.
Not gonna try and pull the trailer up or down this area anytime soon.
On Saturday night and Sunday a couple of big storms rolled in and brought rain and high winds blowing down the canyon behind us that shook the trailer all night. They eased up during the day but started all over again on Sunday night, it was quite scary and had the hubs going out to check the stabilizers to make sure we were staying in one place. They felt like 50-70 mile an hour gusts and we were glad we were facing down the canyon instead of crosswise, I would not have liked to feel the wind hitting us broad side.

It made for some beautiful storm pictures though.

Love the low laying clouds creeping through the canyon.

We left on Tuesday the 29th after it rained all day on Monday.
These are the tracks we left behind on a muddy section of the road.

This was some slippery stuff that had us in four wheel drive and fishtailing this way and that just to stay on the road. We lost a cover for one of the front outside lights when a big clump of mud hit it.
And then 20 minutes from home we had our first tire blowout and we broke a leaf spring some where between leaving and the tire.

Here's whats left of the tire.

And the broken leaf spring. The hubs tied it up with a bungee cord. 
Had an Angel of a woman stop to make sure we were ok when she saw the treads on the road and us checking the tire on the road side, then she drove off only to turn around and come back to tell us there was a much wider and safer turn out about a 1/2 mile up the road. She then drove to the turn out and waited for us to get there before she waved and drove away.
Had another truck stop to make sure we were ok and a truck driver pull his rig over to chat for a while.
We made it home in one piece, but have a few repairs to make so our camping season can continue.

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Hope you enjoyed the views of our camping trip as much as we did.
So until next post......

Take Care & Have a Great Day
Hugs, Sandy


  1. What a wonderful adventure you had minus the rain/wind and the tire blow out. I enjoyed seeing your pictures. What gorgeous country!

  2. Glad you made it home ok. You posted some beautiful pictures. We traveled to Kentucky from Commecticut for the holidays. Long trip. But it was fun

  3. Sandy - this looks like it was an amazing trip in so many ways. Glad to see you made it home safely and that there are still kind people on the road!

  4. What great pics of your trip.
    Sorry about the mishaps though.
    Thanks for sharing.


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