I love it when we arrive somewhere in the middle of nowhere and find some really neat treasures.
That would be Rawlins, WY. I needed someplace for us to be off the road during the Memorial Day week-end even though the traffic wasn’t going to be too bad. The weather was. The wind has been really howling since we’ve been here. So welcome to Windy Wyoming.
Once we arrived at RV World Campground and I had internet access again, I googled things to do in Rawlins. Didn’t look too promising but there was one thing that was recommended and that was the Old Federal Pen.
Then I checked Yelp for a restaurant. After traveling most of the day, I don’t want to cook so we usually go out to eat the first night we’re camped. 1880’s Coco’s came up as the place to go. So with the rain falling and wind blowing off we went to dinner.
It was wonderful. Jim and I both had their 8 oz sirloin with steamed red potatoes and asparagus. We also had their soup and salad bar which was excellent. The clam chowder and the meatball soups really hit the spot with the cold weather. (We had to go back the next day to take a picture because I forgot to take one the night before.)
And such a friendly town. Everybody in our part of the restaurant was visiting with each other and included us in their conversation along with a single gal that was driving from New York to CA for the summer. Talked to Jim about fishing, and offered to take the other gal out into the desert to see where the Oregon Trail and the Mormon pioneers had walked through this area. Waitresses were also joining in and offering suggestions. Definitely a small town treasure.
I asked the waitress where the grocery store was and she gave me directions to a City Market. Then she proceeded to tell us about the Discount Grocery store. She said they handle lots of dented cans at good prices. But in the back of the store is a bakery and deli. Then somebody else chimed in and told us about the great cinnamon rolls that you could get at this bakery. Well, guess where we had to go the next morning. Driving by this place, if you didn’t know about it, you would not probably go in. The bakery/deli is run by Amish and the sticky buns were incredible. Another small town treasure.