Off we went last week, to Gillette, Wyoming. Cow and friends of course came along. They have moved up to yet another vehicle, a Toyota Highlander. (That is fodder for a future post.) Nevertheless, they were safely strapped into the backseat as we made our way across the state of Wyoming. While we were having a lovely drive, our hometown of Laramie was getting covered in a foot of snow.
(The Rockpile Museum, Home of the Campbell County Historical Society, Gillette, Wyoming)
I was a guest of the Campbell County Historical Society. The adventure began at Pizza Carello. I was meeting three women from said organization. I had no idea what they looked like. I stood around the front of the restaurant for a while, then called my contact person. Of course, there was no answer. I finally noticed three ladies at a table, and approached them. Yes, they were my contacts. It turned out I had crossed paths with one of them at some point, as I had her business card at home.
This dining establishment is an absolute must stop if you are ever in Gillette. It started out as a brick oven on a flat bed trailer. According to one of my delightful hostesses, you had to call them to find out where in town they would be selling pizza on any given day. They have graduated now to a building. The pizza is, for lack of another word, amazing. I never considered myself a pizza snob, but after eating there I could easily become one. My cousin Kathy later told me she thought Craig Johnson, author of the Longmire books, mentioned this restaurant in one of his novels.
I spoke at the Rockpile Museum after dinner. This is a great little place. There are three different rooms. The Kintz Room contains Native American artifacts, gun, bit, and spur collections, and fossils and paleo exhibits. The main room features the history of the Rockpile, Campbell County's social history exhibits, a slide show about Campbell County's pioneers, and a dress-up area for children. The Campbell County room has ranching, wagons, and branding artifacts. A full size sheep wagon is a focal point. One can also view energy development exhibits, including four short videos. The Annex building has a homestead shack, a blacksmith shop, and a saloon, garage, and print shop. If that weren't enough, outside exhibits include not one, but two one-room schoolhouses, a caboose, farming equipment, and more. The best part about it? Admission is free. The Rockpile Museum is located at 900 West 2nd St, in Gillette. The web site is http://www.rockpilemuseum.com I guarantee the staff and volunteers will be delighted to see you when you come visit.
A stop on the way home was the Wright, Wyoming rest area. Not only did it have the very clean, necessary amenities, but there was a walking path that made it's way around a children's fishing pond. Apparently, the walking path is part of an extensive trails system that meanders through the town. There was also what appeared to be an information area at the rest stop, but it was closed. Anyway, Cow, Monkey, and Frog got their picture taken at the rest stop. As you can see, it is also a memorial to those who serve our country.
We got a bit of snow the morning we left Gillette, but the roads were good as we made our way home from another adventure.
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Jennie Lawrence is the author of Soap Suds Row - The Bold Lives of Army Laundresses 1802 -1876. She also writes a regular column for African Violet Magazine, and has done freelance work. She has started to dabble in children's literature as well.