Monday, July 5, 2010

Cheyenne and Warren Air Force Base

Spent a few days camped at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, WY.

It is a beautiful base, old red brick buildings and lots of green spaces and evergreen trees. Just a really nice place. This was enhanced by the wildlife on base. Everyday pronghorn antelope wander through the campground, lots of prairie dogs squeaking and whistling warnings as I walked the dogs, a large flock of Canada Geese, an abundance of cute little cotton tail rabbits. All of these critters added to our enjoyment.

Warren AFB is home to the 90th Missile Wing and is responsible for 150 Minuteman III ICBMs. As much as we enjoy staying on military bases,and appreciate the privilege of being allowed to camp on base, it is so nice to just be visiting and no longer part of the active duty force. This is brought home to me when we see hoards of troops out for 3 days in a row practicing for a major retirement and change of command – so major that the Vice President was to be in attendance – so you can imagine that everything had to be perfect. The commander of the Twentieth Air Force, the person responsible for all of the nation's ICBM force was ending his 36 years of service. So glad to not have to sweat the load over that kind of stuff anymore.

We spent sometime touring Cheyenne, the capitol of Wyoming. I guess the most interesting thing we found was their Big Boots.

If we had been a couple of weeks later we would have been in Cheyenne for Frontier Days – maybe next time.

1 comment:

~Cheryl said...

Shelley, that last photo is sort of a preview of what was coming up for you in Cripple Creek! It's great to be home and catching up on your posts.