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Sundance, Wyoming-Gateway to Devil’s Tower


Days 4 & 5

4-27 and 28-2017

After our visit to Devils Tower, we arrived in Sundance at 4:45 PM. There was quite a bit of snow here, the elevation is 4,750 and population is 1,182 and located in Crook County. Another snowstorm hit overnight, blowing out of Montana, where they had a winter storm warning. It was Winter Storm Ursa.

We were tired after being on the road for 12 hours and checked into our home for the night, Bear Lodge Motel. We had a pleasant night here, notice no vacancy. It’s a popular place!

After checking in we had dinner at the Long Horn Saloon + Grill, great food in a relaxing atmosphere. They show the front of the steer in the front of the building…

and the back end behind the restaurant. Cute! He was repainted black and white in July.

Inside the restaurant and our dinner, yum!

On the left of Longhorn is Deluxe Harley Davidson and Vilas Pharmacy.

Right of Longhorn is Mae Mae’s Gifts and Jewelery.

On the corner right of here is Dillon Sundance Hardware, across from the bank.

The people we met in Aladdin in the afternoon are members of the Wyoming State Historical Society.

They have museums all over Wyoming, including Sundance. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to see it inside.

Sundance is famous for being the namesake of the Sundance Kid. Just outside on the left is a bronze statue of the Sundance Kid on a bench that you can get a selfie with. He was covered with snow on April 28 😦

Learn more about the Sundance Kid here.

The historic Sundance State Bank that he robbed is still here too and still in business. They are now operating out of newer, larger building a couple blocks away.

To the right of the museum is the Crook County Courthouse.

Other businesses downtown. Next door to the Bear Lodge is the Arrowhead Motel, affiliated with Budget Host.

These businesses are right of the bank. L-R, the far left and far right buildings are unoccupied.

Security Insurance Agency

Wyoming Pioneer and Sundance Times Newspapers.

STEVENS, EDWARDS, HALLOCK & CARPENTER, P.C

 

The Crook County Museum will be expanding into a larger building at some point.

This poor tree is trying to tell us spring is here.

Bearlodge Engineering and Surveying

A Veterans’ Memorial

The Dime Horseshoe Bar

This bar is a major gathering place during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

On the left is 1875 Gallery, Wild West Espresso, Sundance Realty LLC and Higbee’s Cafe.

A few remaining places downtown.

Country Cottage Flowers and Gifts

 NAPA Auto & Truck Parts

Both of these gas stations are on Cleveland Street downtown too.

Rolling Metal Sinclair

Fresh Start

A beautiful mural on a wall.

After filling up at Fresh Start, it was time to depart from Wyoming. Maybe we can stay longer next time.  Not long out of town we saw Sundance Mountain which was soon lost to sight.

It is now the 5th day of our trip and we turn eastward toward home again.

 

Olbrich Botanical Garden’s Orchid Quest


2-5-17

Olbrich Gardens sign

Orchid Quest crowd at Olbrich

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It may be winter outside but inside it’s spring at Olbrich Botanical Gardens.  The turnout was high at this popular event.  There even was musical accompaniment by the Collage saxophone Quartet. You can hire them to play at your venue!

Collage Saxaphone Quartet card

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The Conservatory was inviting with 80ºF temps inside.

Boltz Conservatory at Olbrich in winter

Olbrich Conservatory inside

Let’s go into the exhibition room, so beautiful!

Orchid Displays at Olbrich

Orchid Displays 2 at Olbrich

Large display, so many varieties!

Large oorchid display

Medium Orchid display at Olbrich

After enjoying these orchids, there was another room with vendors selling them too.

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Orchid Vendor Room at Olbrich

Not only orchids were for sale, also orchid themed mementos. Pictures by Charlotte Fung Miller, Chinese Brush Art.

Charlotte Fung Miller Art at Olbrich

Orchids by Hausermann

Orchids by Hausermann INC

Some of the many varieties for sale.

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We had a lot of fun at this event, think spring!

 

Winterfest in Lake Geneva


2-4-17

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Rivera in Lake Geneva

It has been 5 years since our last visit to Lake Geneva, and Winterfest looked like a lot of fun! Events centered around The Rivera and the road going by the lakefront building.  It was a cold, windy and sunny day and there was a large crowd.  Winterfest crowd at Lake Geneva

View from the balcony.

View from Rivera balcony of Winterfest

Adding to the festive mood was music by Lake 96.1, a local radio station. We could hear it throughout the festival because of the speakers placed throughout the snow carving display area.

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The snow sculptors were not just locals, they came from all points around the country and even other countries.  Lake Geneva is home to the  U.S. NATIONAL SNOW SCULPTING COMPETITION.  Read more about this event in the official Guide. We were quite impressed with the quality of work.

Enjoy a slide show of the many sculptures that we saw, as well as the other activities.

They were all wonderful, but these were the winners.

First Place

Team Wisconsin 2

1st-place at Winterfest

2nd Place – Team Wisconsin 1

2nd-place at Winterfest

3rd Place – Team Maine

3rd-place at Winterfest

Two activities were enjoyed by people on the lake as well. Snowmobile rides were given.

Snowmobile rides at Winterfest

Also helicopter rides by MF Helicopters, LLC.

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Lake Geneva is a great place to visit in any season. Celebrate winter at Winterfest!