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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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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Waterfalls in Wyoming

Wyoming has amazing scenery to keep a photographer busy. Enjoy taking photo’s of the desert, the badlands, the mountain peaks, rivers and waterfalls. The nearest spectacular waterfall to where I live is Shell Falls, which we usually hike every Easter. It’s been closed for construction for a couple of years though. They are redoing the interactive visitors center and presumably stabilizing fences, so people don’t injure themselves. There are groomed trails with signs that tell you what plant you are looking at now, too. When I was growing up, there was a parking lot and the falls. I hiked down into …

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Wildlife Wednesday-Big Horn Sheep

Rams

Big Horn Sheep on the way to Yellowstone
Big Horn Ram

One of the great things about living in Wyoming is seeing wildlife.  I wanted to share these photos of Big Horn Sheep that I took. The video is from December, 2017, the photo’s are from January 2016. I have photos of coyotes, elk, buffalo and deer. One of the large mammals I want to get pictures of is moose.  Come summer, I know just where to go up in the Big Horn National Forest to find them. A popular thing to photograph is the annual sage grouse lek, but taking pictures of birds is not really my thing. I regularly see pheasants, Canadian geese, Sandhill Cranes, bald and golden eagles and hawks as I travel in Wyoming. If you are a wildlife photographer, Wyoming is a great place to visit.

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ZEN and the Joy of Driving in Wyoming

***Note to local readers-I wrote this Friday! (We’ve had snow and a cold front move in.) I had an appointment in Thermopolis this morning. The sunrise was beautiful, blue skies and pink striations above the mountains to the east. I kept moving the visor to keep the sun out of my eyes as I drove southeast. There wasn’t much traffic. I had the road mostly to myself.  Wyoming in classified as largely uninhabited by the Census Bureau. For grant writing purposes, Wyoming is categorized as frontier, not rural. We haven’t had snow, so there was no black ice and I …

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Wyoming Chocolatiers

I love Chocolate, especially dark chocolate.  Chocolate covered caramels. Sea salt chocolate. Chocolate truffles. I don’t like nuts in my chocolate, because I’m allergic to nuts. It’s the indulgent time of year for me, when calories don’t count, not that I count calories anyway. Thanksgiving through New Year’s, I cook, bake, eat and enjoy. It’s kind of contradictory with the opening day of downhill ski season, which was my other blog post choice to write about today. Red Lodge Mountain resorts in Montana and  Grand Targhee  in Alta, Wyoming both opened on Friday. Traditionally ski areas open the Friday after …

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Union Pacific Railroad and Coal Mining

My grandfather was the Superintendent of Mines in  Superior, Wyoming, beginning in 1926. Both of of my parents grew up in Superior, although my Dad was born in Cumberland. Since November 13, 1867 was the date the UP reached Cheyenne, Wyoming, I thought it was fitting to post about the Union Pacific and coal. Superior was a company town, devoted to coal mining for the Union Pacific trains. I’ll post about growing up in a company town another day. The photo is the key to the mines, which I think is really cool. We have a lot of historical memorabilia …

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Veterans Day-WWII MEMORIES and Vintage Photos

My Dad served in the Army following Pearl Harbor. As a Colorado School of Mines Engineering student who already had an Associate’s degree from Kemper Military School, he served in the 373d Engineer G.S. Regiment, Company D. He was drafted when he was 21, in 1943 and discharged as a Sergeant, 68 points, on November 10, 1945. He served 35 months.  The photo’s are from his service years.  He never talked much about the war, but we have a lot of war memorabilia. When asked about WWII, Dad said “Sheer luxury in the army was a cigarette, we each got …

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It’s Snowing!

We are having the first snowfall of the season today. It’s another day when I am thankful to work from home. I worked on Healthcare Coalition quarterly material on my laptop for a couple of hours this morning. There is a lot to do in Wyoming in the winter, but we need a few more inches of base on the mountain before we can ski. Jackson Hole is reporting 14 inches right now! I took a couple of phone video’s of snow falling. Once I get them edited, I may add them to this post. We usually ski about an …

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Throwback Thursday-Superior, WY Orchestra Vintage Photo

One of my grandfather’s moved to Hanna, Wyoming from England in 1905 to work in the Union Pacific (U.P.) coal mine. By 1926 he was the mine superintendent at the D.O. Clark mine in Superior, a position he held for decades. He was also musically gifted. He could play any instrument without  lessons. One of his great joys was participating in the Superior Orchestra, or so I was told. He died before I was born. I have additional mine photo’s I will be posting in the future. South Superior was once known as “White City” because the workers lived in white tents until company housing could be built. Both of my parent’s grew up in Superior, their fathers both working for the mine.

 

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