Rawlins - Escape the Big City: Journal Entry 31

RawlinsWe entered Rawlins Wyoming and headed for the fair grounds. The Grounds keeper showed us around and told us where we could keep Blackie. The fairgrounds where not being used and we found that the accommodations perfect for the traveling horseman. The grounds are well kept and it is apparent that this place is a part of Rawlins heritage.

Holiday Inn Express was kind and they put us up for the night. Bill contacted the Chamber of Commerce and Director Jeanna Plagmann, and her team, Tammy Damori (Administrative Assistant), Marti Lissy, and Kathleen Brown (Volunteers) started making calls. They contacted the local businesses, newspaper and some TV stations to assist us in getting some media exposure. These women love to help others and they did a lot to assist us. Marti had some hat bands that were braided by hand. She made sure we all had one for our hats, and she also gave Bill a brand new pair of oxbow stirrups.

Bill and I were treated to massages at Hands in Thyme. I never thought I would enjoy a massage because I am hesitant to undress.  Proprietor and masseuse Brenda Bush and I talked a bit before she began and she put me at ease. I have to say that if all massages are as relaxing and rejuvenating as this one, I look forward to the next one. Brenda says she loves Rawlins, and the community has been very supportive of her business.

Jeanna at the Chamber of Commerce contacted several of the member businesses to see if they would be interested in sponsoring us. All of the businesses we visited were interested in our journey. We particularly enjoyed our visit with Michael at Michael’s Big City Bar and Grill. This restaurant has the absolute best prime rib we have ever had. I’ve been to a few fancy restaurants in Las Vegas and Reno and they don’t hold a candle to the quality meals this gentleman prepares.

When Jeanna contacted the Best Western Cottontree Inn, they were also happy to accommodate us in their fine facility. The hotel has been here since 1964 and began renovations in this May. They should be finished by the end of this month. The rooms are clean, comfortable and make you feel like you are at home. The Assistant Manager, Linda James, and the Front Desk Supervisor, Theressa Reed were very helpful and pleasant. When I come back this way, I won’t hesitate to stay here again. 

The people of this town were receptive of our mission, and wanted Bill to ride down Main Street on his way out of town. The police department agreed to escort Bill and Blackie so they could safely accomplish this. After we saw Bill safely to the edge of town, Jon and I went to the City Market. Jeanna had acquired a gift card from the Market to help us restock on food. Our visit here was really pleasant. If you are looking for a little slower pace of life in a town full of good people, then Rawlins is it.