Travel eats

The Cowboy Cafe is a welcome spot in downtown Dubois, Wyoming

One of the challenges in traveling distances is scheduling places to eat, especially when one is trying to cover some ground while driving hundreds of miles.  What’s a person to do? 

I don’t necessary want fast food, nor do I want to spend much time in a sit-down restaurant with servers.  I enjoy protein bars, fruit, or plain snacks to intervene when I begin having slight hunger urges.  Sometimes though, I snack too much just to compensate for the boredom and driving fatigue. 

Ideally, I don’t like to travel more than four to six hours a day.  That provides time for me to not rush, locate eateries and maybe take a side road somewhere, trying to find that little nugget of awesomeness. 

We ate at a few restaurants while staying a a number of days in Dubois, Wyoming.  That was nice and relaxing.  Two of my favorite places are Cowboy Café and Lone Buffalo Steak House.  They have outstanding food, excellent service with a friendly smile and the western feel.    

Cowboy Café is more of a quaint place and sometimes one gets to sit a little closer to neighbors.  That’s okay.  Everyone is friendly. Plus, there was a really neat Water Wheel Gift Shop next door that had unique items at a good value.

One of our interesting conversations occurred while sitting with three young men from Texas.  They had been hiking and camping in the mountains and were having their last meal in Dubois while heading back home.  They had an almost-close encounter with a grizzly bear when they found themselves between the mother and her cub.  That’s not good.

The polite young men said they had never been so scared before.  They had their bear spray but decided to quietly back away, before using the spray.  Apparently, the mother bear had not seen them (since their eyesight isn’t very good) and had not received their scent.  They were very happy to remove themselves from that environment. 

The Lone Buffalo Steak House, across the street from the Cowboy Café, was new since the building was recently renovated.  The dining area is spacious. and the atmosphere is inviting, as well as the food.  Their steak is some of the best I’ve eaten.  It’s worth a stop if you go through Dubois. 

Now to the fitness center, right?

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Dubois

The Dubois, Wyoming Horse Creek Station reminds one of a place to hitch a horse still today

Dubois — say it like “cowboys.” It’s one of the last real, old West towns — a charming hidden gem with the authentic feel of the frontier. Expedia calls Dubois the best place for an escape in Wyoming.

Barely an hour from Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park over a smooth, scenic highway, it’s peaceful here in the Wind River Valley. But there are so many things to do! https://duboiswyoming.org/

Dubois is touted as the one real western town located in the crossroads of the original American West. Here migration routes of early Native Americans forged the trails, later followed by mountain men and explorers. Homesteaders and cowboys mingled here.

Loggers hand-cut the ties for railroads that joined the nation. It is one of the best, real cowboy towns still around. Cowboys drive cattle here and compete in the Dubois rodeo. (Dubois website)

Wood plank walkway in Dubois, Wyoming

As I walked along on the wooden plank walkways, I thought of the old western movies when you would hear the cowboy (or cowgirl) boots striking the planks with an echo in each step.  Dubois provides an excellent feel of the old West, and yet with some modern-day food arrangements; although local eateries and lodging facilities are not national name brands.

Wooden structures still display the frontier spirit if Dubois. Artists become very creative such as the moose antler carvings at the Horse Creek Art Gallery.

Now, I’m glad the roads are paved; however, if they were still dirt then it would sure be interesting. I definitely would need my all-wheel drive there and be able to do more dirt exploring. Jesssayin’ as a friend says.

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Sun resemblance, Badlands

Cut tree makes one think of the sun?

Don’t forget the simple things when you happen to drive by. This cut tree trunk instantly reminded be of the sun with associated rays expanding around it’s circumference.

Cut tree trunk beside old bridge in Dubois, Wyoming
Old bridge over Wind River in Dubois, Wyoming

Hidden beauty beyond the bridge

The red rock of the Badlands on one side of Dubois, Wyoming are amazing. The saying is that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid traveled these mountains and stated these are some bad lands.

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Majestically simple

View of Badlands, Rockies, deer grazing at Dubois, Wyoming

As I pause to reflect back on this image, my first thoughts were – Wow! How majestic are the snow-capped mountains, red rock mixed with gray, brown and white, showing years-and-years of strife. 

Puffy clouds dance gracefully between the endless sky and the one who would behold.  Deer mingle in the open, among the grace, enjoying the growth of sun and rain, living peacefully on the land. 

Inhabitants move about – lives sheltered in wood or stone, some in the open plain; maybe they observe like we do, maybe they don’t. 

How majestic can majestically be?  How simple can simplicity be?  It’s up to us to decide – first we have to see. 

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Dubois arrival

Respite along the trail, The Longhorn Ranch cabins are a welcomed sight. A base from which to travel, Over here, there – mostly while there is light.

Traveled over the Rockies, Reach Teton and Yellowstone, Daily commute, snow-capped peaks, grizzly with cub, Buffalo, and many more before we’re done. 

Traveled to hearts content, Camera in hand; Take a deep breath, behold the beauty, Trying not to hurry, seeing God’s great land.

For now, the journey westward complete, It’s rest for the mind, Interpreting, writing, sharing my journey, Don’t want to leave anyone behind.

I realized I couldn’t keep up with the posts while traveling since there is so much to share.  I’m now home in Florida – safely and thankfully.  We will continue the journey – virtually – recalling our days and sights. 

I’m glad you are still with me as we recap Teton, Yellowstone, Deadwood, Mount Rushmore and more.  It will take some time. 

Do you enjoy the little pieces of the journey along the way or do you prefer longer posts?

We stayed a number of nights at The Longhorn Ranch Resort in Dubois, Wyoming, a natural, western-style lodging.  It was a distance to travel each day to see Teton and Yellowstone.  Below are more images of our approach to stay in Dubois, and our lodging. The area was very relaxing and enjoyable. 

Travel toward Dubois, Wyoming.

Dubois, Wyoming and The Longhorn Ranch Resort tout their locations as a gateway to Jackson, Teton and Yellowstone in Wyoming.    “You are in for a vacation to remember at the Longhorn Ranch Resort – Formerly the home of a small longhorn cattle herd, and now a beautiful RV Park, Campground and Hotel facility located in Dubois Wyoming, along the scenic Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone. Whether you choose to stay in our comfortable hotel rooms, one of our cozy cabins, or bring your own RV with you, you will always feel welcome here.  Located just three miles east of Downtown Dubois, Wyoming and a perfect home-base for your trips to Jackson Hole, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park!  Dubois and The Longhorn Ranch Resort will be the best stop on your Northwest Wyoming National Park tour!” http://www.thelonghornranch.com/

The Wind River’s headwaters are at Wind River Lake in the Rocky Mountains, near the summit of Togwotee Pass (pronounced toe-go-tee).  It gathers water from several forks along the northeast side of the Wind River Range in west central Wyoming. It flows southeastward, across the Wind River Basin and the Wind River Indian Reservation.  Wikipedia

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Enjoy the journey

Snow-capped mountains near the Grand Tetons from afar

So, you can’t wait to finish the journey,

Your travels bear down and create the stress,

Keep aware of life all around without worry,

Realize what we have and how we are blessed.

Clouds cap the Wyoming mountains and the lake reflects the light

The clouds along the way, always with sun above,

The snow so lovely like icing on a cake;

Yet so cold but warms the heart,

When we realize the beauty – it’s real and not fake.

Small mountains, prairies, rock, trees and lakes are part of Wyoming’s landscape

Thank you for going along on our journey through Wyoming and eventually in South Dakota.

Blessings and love along the Way!

Ron

Aged or broken

Aged structures still adorn the Wyoming landscape

The lively abode was useful, once upon a time;

What happened, did it just collapse from years of struggle?

Did the cold, snow, sun, wind take their toll?

Maybe no one will know. 

The remains stand the course of time,

Awaiting the one to take an interest, to resurrect.

But do we just pass it by,

Saying it’s no use, it served it purpose, let it rest?

It is a reminder though, to each passer-by

The beauty of what was, and is and will be,

Remain, until the time it collapses, or maybe abide.

Horse, old truck, new truck along Wyoming’s landscape

The horse, the rust from what was, the new,

Exist as reminders of past, present and future.

Is one more important than the other?

They stand the test of time, waiting for the day,

For someone to decide, you remain worthy, serve as you may.

Ranch along the Wyoming landscape

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Relax, take it all in

Horse chill while enjoying the Wyoming landscape

New week begins, are you ready?

Relax! Enjoy the air, landscape, peace that awaits your pleasure.

Breath deep and see, observe beauty around you.

We have so much of creation that is still preserved in nature;

If we will see, and allow it to speak to us anew.

Horses roam the Wyoming landscape

Blessings along the Way!

Ron