Cheyenne Frontier Days, 2018

20 07 2018

Welcome to Cheyenne and the 122nd edition of the “Daddy of ‘em All”, Cheyenne Frontier Days.  Just as last year, we’re parked at AB Camping for the full 10 day run of CFD.  We’ll attend 5 concerts this year, starting with Cole Swindell on Saturday night, followed by The Charlie Daniel’s Band, Eric Church, Toby Keith and Dierks Bentley to wrap things up on the following Saturday.  We’re also hoping to see the Air Force Thunderbirds that were rained out last year, attend a Pancake Breakfast, eat some carnival food on the mid-way, drink a cold beer (or two) at the Buckin’ A Saloon and see more of Cheyenne and surrounding areas.  We are also looking forward to a VIP Chuckwagon experience where we’ll enjoy an authentic chuckwagon style dinner.

Cheyenne Frontier Nights

5 Days of Concerts

Air Force Thunderbirds

Air Force Thunderbirds

On Tuesday we decided to check out Curt Gowdy State Park about 25 miles west of Cheyenne.  About 7 different camping areas are set around Granite Springs Reservoir.  Many of the entrances and exits into the camping areas are steep and narrow – and not all of the sites will accommodate much more than a tent.  Pick your site carefully!  Continuing west to I-80, we stopped at Vedauwoo Campground in the Medicine Bow National Forest.  28 sites set among pine trees and rock outcroppings make for some attractive spots.  Several non-operational water taps and vault toilets are about all provided in this primitive area.  But, it’s close to I-80 and would easily provide a nice overnight spot on the way across southern Wyoming.

Vedauwoo Campground, site #9

Vedauwoo Campground

Vedauwoo Campground, site #2

After Cheyenne, we’re off to Chatfield for a quick overnight, then back to Walsenburg to drop the trailer off before a flight to London.  More after our return from London and a Norwegian Fjords cruise aboard the Azamara Pursuit…

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Concerts, Cowboys and Carnival

22 07 2017

Cheyenne Frontier Nights

We’re back in Cheyenne for the 121st performance of Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, Frontier Nights and the Carnival Midway.  Unlike in the past, attending 1 or 2 concerts and making a long weekend of it, this year we’re all-in – arriving on Friday the 21st and staying all 10 days of Frontier Days until next Sunday the 30th.  We have tickets to 4 concerts, Little Big Town on Saturday evening, Luke Bryan on Wednesday, Thomas Rhett on Thursday and Jason Aldean to wrap things up next Saturday.  With more than a week in Cheyenne we hope to enjoy more of the events that we’ve missed in past years – Rodeo, Pancake Breakfast, Grand Parade, Indian Village, Chuckwagon Cookoff and the USAF Thunderbirds.

Last Year, 2016, Cheyenne Hail

And, once again we’re parked at AB Camping, one of our favorite RV Parks.  We’re in sites S13 & S14, in the middle row of the southern section.  These two sites along with several others provide welcome shade during the warm July afternoons.  Last year for the Florida Georgia Line concert we were in sites S10 and S21 for the “Mother-of-all-Hailstorms” – that produced about $10,000 damage to every RV roof in the campground, tore down tree limbs, shattered auto glass and totaled tow vehicles.

After a great 10 (hail-free) days, we’ve already opted to return next year.  Thanks Marc and Jane for once again doing a great job of hosting all of these RVs during a VERY busy time.  From making sure we had shuttle services when the city cancelled just 3 days before CFD opened, to providing us early morning breakfast burritos and late night BBQ snacks and everything else you do – a very heart felt Thank You!

Oh, our success rate was fairly high.  We had dinner on the Midway, attended a Rodeo, saw the Indian Village and Frontier Town, listened to Micheal Martin Murphey at the Sidewinder Saloon and of course checked out the Buckin’A Saloon a few times.  The USAF Thunderbirds airshow was cancelled due to weather and we still haven’t had a Pancake Breakfast or watched the Grand Parade or tasted at the Chuckwagon Cookoff. More for next year!

S-1

 

A list of “southern section” sites with shade trees…

East Row: 1 (end), 2, 4, 5, 7, 8;

Center Row: 10 (end), 11,12, 13, 14

West Row: 19 (end), 21, 25, 26, 27 & 28 (end)