Sundance is located in northeast Wyoming near the borders with Montana and South Dakota. “The Sundance Kid” spent some time in the jail here and got his nickname from that experience. While here we parked at the Mountain View RV Park.
In Buffalo, we parked at the Buffalo KOA.
Are you familiar with the “Longmire” TV show (6 seasons available on Netflix) or with the “Walt Longmire Mysteries” book series by Craig Johnson? We very recently began watching the first season of the Longmire show but didn’t know much about it before we started looking for a place to stay in Buffalo, WY. We found out that during the time we had planned to visit Buffalo they were holding an event called “Longmire Days”. It turns out that Craig Johnson is from just outside Buffalo and his writing is based on Buffalo and Johnson County, which he has renamed Durant, WY, and Absaroka County in the books. The dedicated fan base has responded and turns up in large numbers for this 3 day event featuring appearances by Craig Johnson and many of the actors from the TV series. Continue reading
From Anacortes, we headed north and crossed the Canadian border at Sumas, WA. Once across, we turned east to the town of Hope. This small town is on the Frasier River at the southern end of the Frasier Valley. This is a place of spectacular natural beauty. Near vertical granite mountains rise up in all directions. The Trans Canada Highway runs through the valley.
In 1848, Fort Hope was established by Hudson’s Bay Company at the trailhead for what is now known as HBC Heritage Trail. This trail was originally developed as a way to reach inland bypassing Frasier Valley since the valley walls were too steep to navigate. In the years following, the fur trade and the 1858 Frasier River Gold Rush supported Hope and its residents.
Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks are closely related with Kings Canyon just to the north of Sequoia. In fact, if you visit the National Park Service website, the two national parks are grouped together. Kings Canyon has two parts: the massive canyon for which it is named and a smaller component on the west face the Sierra Nevada with sequoia groves.
Lake Mead was formed following the building of the Hoover Dam, originally called Boulder Dam. If full, Lake Mead would be 112 miles long and have 247 square miles of surface. Of course, it is far from full, the lake is approximately 30% below the level that would be considered full. Nearby Boulder City, Nevada, was home to many of the workers during the construction of the dam.
We stayed at Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach on Lake Mead. This part of the lake is located about 25 miles southeast of Las Vegas.