Meeteetse, Wyoming

Annual Labor Day Celebrations are underway in Meeteetse. Best known now as home as the black footed ferret, Meeteetse was best known in the early 1900’s as home of the Pitchfork Ranch. Photographer Charles J. Belden and Conrad Swhwiering,  a disciple of Jackson Pollack, who came from Cody, Wyoming. They were all famous Western artists back in the day. We visited the Meeteetse Museum, which was interesting, as well as taking in a local craft fair followed by lunch at a local bar and grill. We followed up our local excursion with jaunt to Sunshine Reservoir, both upper and lower. …

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Pepsi WY State Championship BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

Each year, the 3rd weekend in August, this annual event is held in Worland, Wyoming. Since its start in 2004, this event has grown to include not only great BBQ and Bluegrass music, but also a Car Show, Brewfest, Kids Q Competition, 5K walk-run, and lots of fun! We have been to all but one, in 2013. Check out the 14th annual Bluegrass Festival, August 17th & 18th, 2018 Award winning BBQ event. Rocky Mountain BBQ Association, 2013 Organizer’s event Challenge- voted the best organized and run RMBBQA CUP contest for the 2013 BBQ season by teams and judges RMBBQA 2015, Event of the Year Wyoming State BBQ …

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In Praise of County Fairs

Fair week begins Saturday here. The next few weeks all of the counties will have their fairs so that entries can go to State Fair. Our local fair has dwindled since I was a child. It’s mostly a 4H fair now, although local residents can enter open stock items for judging and win ribbons and small cash prizes. 4H members and FFA members from the High School show dogs, sheep, horses, cows, etc. and then top it off with an auction for cows and pigs. The bidders pay way too much money and the kids sock money away in college …

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Bountiful Summer Harvest

It’s harvest time for people who have a backyard garden. I’ve made four dozen zucchini muffins and two loaves of zucchini bread so far, thanks to my sister’s generosity. Zucchini season is about the only time people lock their cars around here. If you leave your car unlocked, you might find the back seat full of sacks of zucchini. I’m not a fan of zucchini relish, but a lot of people here make it. Zucchini has a lot of health benefits. Zucchini is well-known to reduce weight, yet boost the nutrient value of your diet. Moreover, it helps enhance vision and …

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10 Things I Love About Summer

Below are 10 things I love about Summer.  What is your favorite thing about summer?  Escaping the 101 degree heat up on the mountain.  Farmers Markets. The variety of organic fruit and vegetables along with the home-made items for sale are a treat for the senses.  Fireworks. We didn’t see live fireworks this fourth of July. We watched them on television. I took this photo two summers ago in Colorado. Live music. Garage bands and street performers abound at various summer festivals everywhere. Travel. We travel more due to the longer days and better weather. Hosting Guests. My sister came …

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Wyoming Summer Solstice Celebrations

The word “solstice” comes from the Latin words “sol” (sun) and “stitium” (still or stopped). The ancients noticed that as summer progressed, the sun stopped moving northward in the sky, then begin tracking southward again as summer turned to autumn. (During the winter solstice, the sun does the opposite, and begins moving northward as winter slowly turns to spring.) Different cultures and religious traditions have different names for the summer solstice. In Northern Europe, it’s often referred to as Midsummer. Wiccans and other Neopagan groups call it Litha, while some Christian churches recognize the summer solstice as St. John’s Day to commemorate …

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Wyoming Wildfires

The Badger Creek Fire has doubled in size over the past two days, reaching over 11,000 acres. Over 250 people are working to put the fire out and three communities have been evacuated.  The smoke affects local residents in Laramie and Cheyenne. There are huge wildfires in Colorado, too. Beginning today, several specialized aircraft will be used to support the Badger Creek Fire suppression efforts. The aircraft, commonly called Super Scoopers, are fixed wing aircraft that fly at high rates of speed (approximately 100 mph) just above the surface of a lake or reservoir. Follow the links to read different …

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Warm Weather Reminder: Mosquitos, Ticks Spread Diseases

With warmer weather arriving, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) cautions residents and visitors that both mosquitos and ticks can spread po­tentially serious diseases in Wyoming. Katie Bryan, a WDH epidemiologist, said mosquitos spread West Nile virus (WNV) when they feed on infected birds and then bite people, animals and other birds.  Diseases passed on in Wyoming by infected ticks include tulare­mia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) and Colorado tick fever (CTF). “Most people infected with West Nile virus do not realize it,” Bryan said. Among those who become ill, symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen …

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Beat the Heat at Ranger Creek

It was 90 degrees here  on Saturday so we drove up to Ranger Creek for a picnic  lunch. 71 degrees felt cool!  Flood watches are in effect due to the snow melt and warmer temperatures so fishing is not really an option this early in the season. Hiking is muddy and wet, too. We saw three deer grazing on the drive out. A lot of times we see moose at Ranger Creek. Not this time, but we were up during the heat of the day when smart animals are resting. The Ranger Creek Recreation Area is a group site that can accommodate …

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Day Trips versus Road Trips

Summer is the best time to travel. We recently took a road trip to see our son receive his master’s degree in Moscow, Idaho. It’s a 13 hour drive. My husband and I like to enjoy the journey, so we stayed in Missoula, Montana on the drive there, and Bozeman, Montana on the return trip. It’s a trip we have made several times in our son’s educational journey. We are so proud of him! Montana is verdant and green with rolling hills of grassland and snow peaked mountain passes. The Clark’s Fork and Yellowstone Rivers were and are flooding. They …

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