Munich traces its founding to the year 1158. In 1240 the city would pass to the House of Wittelsbach which would govern Munich (and Bavaria) for the next 700 years. Munich prospered as a salt trading center but would be hit hard by the plague in 1349 and it would persist for the next 150 years. The coopers (barrel makers) initiated a ritualistic dance in an effort to bring an end to the plague since their trade was suffering because people were afraid to leave their houses and therefore were not drinking as much beer. This dance continues to be performed every seven years but it is reenacted 3 times daily by the little figures in the Glockenspiel high up on the main tower of the city hall.
From Lusk, we moved west to Glenrock, on the North Platte River, about 20 miles east of Casper, WY. In Glenrock we parked at the Platte River Campground.
We checked out the Ayres Natural Bridge located a little east of Glenrock. This rock bridge is 20 feet high with a span of 90 feet. Since it is near the Oregon Trail, it is considered one of Wyoming’s first tourist attractions because it was often visited by emigrants traveling west. In 1843, a pioneer described it as “a natural bridge of solid rock, over a rapid torrent, the arch being regular as tho’ shaped by art.”
On another day we headed west to Casper on the day they were holding a “5150 Festival”. “5150” refers to the elevation of the city. Apparently, they had quite a good party last year during the solar eclipse, being very much in the center of its path. They were hoping for a repeat but in the absence of another eclipse they decided to go ahead with the festival anyway.
Next stop: Wheatland, WY
On September 9th, the city of Morro Bay held the Avocado & Margarita Festival. It has all of the usual elements of most street festivals with the added focus on the aforementioned fruit and beverage.
We need/want to make a 3 week trip back to Los Angeles in order to take care of some health and dental checkups and to visit with family and friends. This requires that we stash the motorhome somewhere while we make the trip. The plan we developed was to park it at a storage lot near my sister’s house in Tullahoma, TN, spend a few days with her, my nieces and great nephews before flying out of Nashville.