Saturday, July 26, 2008

Tours for early arrivers

Many “early arrivers” at the International Convention of Germans from Russia will take time to see the sights of central Wyoming, a state of many beautiful contrasts.

On Tuesday afternoon at 1:30, Your Ride tours of Casper will take a group of fun-seekers to The Historic Becker Farm at Emigrant Gap. It’s a beautiful 160-acre working grass/alfalfa hay farm that was established in 1922 and that operates today much as it did 80 years ago. Visitors will bask in the shade of this old homestead, enjoying western hospitality and entertainment – including nearby abundant wildlife (antelope, deer, foxes, eagles and more)! Leisurely meandering through the little country store – perhaps playing a game of horseshows – visitors will be treated to some great Old Tyme country entertainers along with Oregon Trail History.

At 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, another tour heads out from the Parkway Hotel for Black Thunder Mine and the Durham Buffalo Ranch. Black Thunder Mine is the largest open pit coal mine in the United States. It extracted 30.6 million short tons from its open pit in 1994 and nearly 60 million tons in 2000. Visitors will see large dragline equipment and the huge trucks that are used for hauling the coal. The mine tour will last approximately 2 hours. From there, it’s off to the famous 55,000-acre Durham Buffalo Ranch, which has been owned and operated by the Flocchini family since the mid-1960’s and has been the home to American Buffalo since the late 1950’s. A guide will give a history tour and take visitors to see and experience the 2,500 head of buffalo. Afterwards, there’ll be a great Buffalo lunch!

We understand there may still be room available on these tours. If you’re interested, contact Melinda at Your Ride tours for availability and prices, 307 577-1226, or leave a message or email:

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