June 23, 2017

Heading West - Day Two

Day Two:

Sidney, Nebraska to Rock Springs, Wyoming
370 miles
7 hours (driving time)
Cold departure, but sunny from Laramie to Rock Springs

We were concerned about a possible delay between Cheyenne and Laramie, due to a late spring snow storm, which left Cheyenne with 8 1/2 inches of snow. However, the road, which had been closed for a couple of days, had reopened and was perfectly clear by the time we were ready to leave Sidney. We had a great lunch (clam chowder and a BLT) at Jeffrey's Bistro in Laramie and an excellent coffee just down the street at Night Heron Bookstore. Cute town!

The drive to Rock Springs was beautiful. We saw lots of wind-turbines, which looked pretty against the snowy hillsides. After settling in at our hotel and checking out recommendations on TripAdvisor, we headed out for dinner. We wound up at Bitter Creek Brewing, which had great beer and decent food. 

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The view from Sierra Trading Post
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Lots of snow!

Heading to Laramie. Love the red rocks!

Delicious clam chowder
Jeffrey's Bistro
Laramie, Wyoming

Excellent coffee! Wish we could've spent more time relaxing here.

Reminded me of The Mill in Lincoln. I would definitely hang out here!

Roadkill and Sweetwater Wheat
Bitter Creek Brewing
Rock Springs, Wyoming

Our goofy waiter!


  1. I don't like long road trips much but good coffee and a bookstore stop, well that would make the trip easier for sure :)

    1. I really enjoy a long road trip, as long as we break it up with stops for good food and don't drive more than 350 miles in a single day. The bummer about this trip was driving in separate vehicles. I missed the conversations with my husband and was too distracted keeping an eye on the UHaul and all the semis to pay attention to an audio book.

  2. It's hard for me to fathom snow that late in the year. I'll take good beer and okay food any day.

    1. Kathy, I was pretty surprised there was so much snow so late in the season. Our friends in Colorado saw a lot more than we did! Yep, good beer at the end of a long day is always welcome in my book!

  3. I love a good road trip, but driving in separate vehicles must have been tough! Always shocking to see snow that late in the season, too. What a treat to find such an inviting bookstore/coffee house :)

  4. I love your big sky photos!

    1. Thanks, Kay G.! It's amazing how wide open that area is. I loved all the clouds against the hillsides.

  5. I'm always amazed at the length of time winter lingers in some places. I always forget that everyone doesn't have a two or three day winter.

    1. Deb, this was an exceptionally strange Spring storm. The latest we ever had snow in Nebraska (that I remember) was the first week of May and even that wasn't more than a dusting. I wouldn't want to live anywhere that gets snow 8 months a year!


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