Travel Tip Tuesday

The best time to visit Wyoming is during the shoulder season. September, October and April and May bring lower prices on hotels, less traffic, and gorgeous scenery. The most popular time to visit Wyoming is June through August. We have a lot of special events in the summer, such as rodeos, Cheyenne Frontier Days, local and state fairs, Longmire Days in Johnson County, and local farmer markets. Visitors can also enjoy river rafting, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, and other outdoor activities. Our weather is unpredictable November through March. Last year was the snowiest winter on record. I am a skier, so I was thankful for the snow, although I could have done without the below zero temperatures for weeks on end. We have another 10 days or so above 90 degrees. I am ready for fall and cooler temperatures!

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Hiking in Big Horn National Forest

Big Horn National Forest

We live in northwest Wyoming, close to the Big Horn Mountains.  Hiking in the Big Horn National Forest and boating at the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area are favorite summer activities. A lot of locals mountain bike, ride ATV’s or motorcycles, and rock climb, too. Our locale is perfect for those who like to hunt, fish, and explore the great outdoors.  We often hike on the Sheridan side of the mountains, past Shell Falls. That means we have to drive up 14A. 14A is a twisty, narrow drive up the mountain, full of switchbacks. The hope is always to not get stuck behind an RV or a horse trailer. It makes for a very slow trip.

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Throwback Thursday Photo

Going to Yellowstone Park, 1930.

I am fortunate to have my parent’s photo albums, from which I am selectively sharing photos. I am thankful that I wrote both of my parent’s biographies with them. My Dad would be 95 in September if he were still alive. Their memories of growing up in Wyoming are preserved for family members. Within the past 6 months I have reconnected with cousins that I haven’t been in touch with for decades, thanks to social media.  I considered writing a blog entitled “Margaret, Unleashed.”  Wandering thoughts and writing fit  the Wyoming Wanderer theme, as well as travel and photography. It is is a fun venture to embark upon.

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Bison Video

Bison Roar

Feel the energy in the air. Turn up the volume to hear these amazing creatures.

Posted by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mammal of Wyoming

Wyoming designated the American buffalo as official state mammal in 1985. The American buffalo (more correctly called bison) is also a state symbol of Kansas and Oklahoma, and as of May 9, 2016, the official national mammal of the USA. All State Mammals

Bison Facts

A bull bison can weigh over 1800 pounds and stand 6 foot tall at the shoulder. Bison once roamed the American prairie by the tens of millions and provided a way of life for native Americans of the Great Plains. But European settlers hunted the American buffalo to the brink of extinction – it’s estimated that between 300 – 500 animals remained when the federal government passed stricter game laws in 1889.

The American buffalo (Bison bison) is an inseparable part of American history; no other wild animal has played such a significant role in human affairs. The tribes of the American plains relied on bison for food, shelter, clothing, and as a powerful spiritual symbol.

 

 

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Eclipse

The Eclipse is tomorrow. As most of you are probably aware, 9 Wyoming Counties are in the path of totality. Jackson Hole has been preparing for two years. All Wyoming state and federal governmental departments have worked together to provide a safe experience for travelers to our great state. Businesses have looked to capitalize on the influx of tourists,  from t-shirts to sunglasses, to arranging special concerts and events. The Ten Sleep Brewery brewed an Eclipse Beer. So far, so good, with no extraordinary issues across the state reported. Enjoy the eclipse! We are staying home. The county I live in is …

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