Sunny Scottsdale, Arizona

I was in Scottsdale last week for a business trip. I lived in the Phoenix Metro Area many years ago.  It was fun to revisit old haunts and see the changes in the city.  If you are looking for a warm place to spend the winter,  Scottsdale is very attractive. Although the conference was at a Paradise Valley Resort, I stayed in Old Town Scottsdale.  I quite enjoyed walking around the area.  Several years ago my nephew graduated from the prestigious award-winning Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute  and my family enjoyed a few days together in celebration.  Food is a big …

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Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that celebrates the Indigenous peoples of America and commemorates their shared history and culture. It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October, and is an official city and state holiday in various localities .Dozens of  cities and entire states, including Minnesota, Alaska, Vermont and Oregon, have also replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Hawaii celebrates Discoverers’ Day on the second Monday of October. And South Dakota celebrates Native American Day. Today is celebrated as Columbus Day in the rest of the USA. Banks, and Government agencies are closed, including the Post Office, county library and Public Health.  …

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Faribault, Minnesota

We took a road trip in mid September to visit family. Eight days, seven nights, five motels, and four states later, we returned home. I brought two pairs of jeans and never wore them. It was too hot! It took a week to catch up at work and at home after returning.  It’s chilly in Wyoming now. We had snow above 8000 feet and freezing temperatures here in the valley at night. Fall has arrived, so fall yardwork has commenced. In other news-I have been accepted for publication in an anthology and will be listing an affiliate marketing link on …

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The Nature Conservancy’s Red Canyon Ranch

One of the many properties owned by The Nature Conservancy is Red Canyon Ranch south of Lander, Wyoming. We spent a glorious afternoon there yesterday, on a horse drawn wagon ride as part of a donor appreciation event. We have donated to the Nature Conservancy for 14 year’s. No, this is not a sponsored post. I haven’t yet monetized this blog. I may never monetize it, although that was the intent when I began it.  I like keeping it all content, for now anyway. The Red Canyon Ranch Wyoming has so much iconic scenery that the Red Canyon is overlooked. The Wind …

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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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