Backcountry Camping at its Finest

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We left Shipshewana for a quick overnight stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, at Ameristar Casino. It proved to be a profitable one for Scott as he hit his biggest non-handpay jackpot on his favorite machine. Quite a great stop! We headed out the next morning for an area outside Laramie, Wyoming. We would travel all the way through Nebraska which seemed to take forever! We had a bit of a drive to get there and had to make a stop at Cabelas as well. It was a long day but the end result was incredible.

Here we go! It’s a LONG way to the other side.

Cabelas in Kearney, Nebraska

You know you are in Kearney when you cross under this bridge.

A little duck play at Cabelas.


We finally crossed the border into Wyoming and thankfully it wasn’t too long of a drive to get to our destination. We pulled off the highway (FINALLY) and headed down Happy Jack Road to the Pole Mountain Area in the Medicine Bow National Forest. They allow dispersed camping and we searched for a spot to park for the night. There were several other people camping so it took a bit to find a spot that wasn’t near anyone else. We finally found the perfect spot in a meadow. The views and feeling of peacefulness was incredible. We had not been there 15 minutes until we spotted a MOOSE AND TWO BABIES walking through the meadow ahead of us. What an incredible sight! I just could not believe what we were seeing. Most of the other people camping had ATV’s so we will DEFINITELY be back with the Maverick! Sleeping out there was beyond peaceful and I can’t wait to go back.

So beautiful!

No one in sight anywhere.

Beautiful all around us.

I still can’t believe we saw the mamma and her two babies!

The wildflowers were just beautiful all around us

This little guy was just outside the camper when it got daylight the next morning.

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