Travel Tip Tuesday-Pack Lightly

It’s a drizzly day and I made a pot of tea in my brown betty tea pot that belonged to my Grandmother. It came over from England with her in a trunk when she immigrated almost one hundred years ago. The photo is one i took this spring of a tea setting I bought decades ago in Denmark. I am using that cup, although not the tea pot today. I am listening to classical music, in front of my fireplace, and have a good book I plan on delving into. Rainy days are a good opportunity to remind myself that …

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Vintage Jewelry

My cousin sells vintage jewelry on ebay. Check it out! She lives in England and we are scheming about how to go visit her. I haven’t been to England in 9 years and it has been longer than that for my husband. Our most recent holiday outside of the United States was to Cancun, Mexico between Christmas and New Years last year. I think it is high time we traveled across the pond. Her inventory is ever changing and the prices are more than reasonable. Below is a photo from a current offering. Things sell out fast, since they are …

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Fall Foliage

Winter is on the way, at least for the weekend. After another couple of weeks of 90 degree weather, a cold front is moving in. It is chilly and raining today. Snow is expected at 6000 feet and a foot of snow is expected in the mountains.  Friday night into Saturday we expect a freeze overnight. Gardeners are harvesting or tenting their tomatoes and other crops still in the ground. I put fall fertilizer on the grass yesterday in the heat so it would get rained in. The good news is that with the cold snap, our trees will change …

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Wildlife Wednesday

I am off to Cody and then Powell this morning, but since I haven’t posted yet this week, I thought I would share a photo I took in Yellowstone Park in the winter. I have written about winter adventures in Yellowstone on World Nomads, and also on Trip Advisor. When I am not in a time crunch, I’ll come back and edit to provide links. Enjoy the photo.

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Throwback Thursday-Clarks Fork Road Photo

My Dad designed the bridge over Clark’s Fork Canyon. It was one of his proudest accomplishment’s as District Engineer for District 5 of the Wyoming Highway Department from 1962-1986.  It is a beautiful drive from outside of Cody, WY to Red Lodge, MT.  Check for seasonal road closures.

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Wyoming Whisky

Wyoming Whiskey
Whiskey Barrels
Wyoming Whiskey

We toured Wyoming Whiskey four summers ago, when my Mom was still alive. Kirby, Wyoming is about a 50 minute drive for us. Our sons were over 21 and my sister came, too. It was an educational, fun experience. If you are in our corner of Wyoming, I highly recommend it. I thought about it because we went to a wedding reception at the Ten Sleep Brewery Saturday evening. My favorite beer on tap is Huck n’ Tuck Wheat.

I am thinking about my parents, both deceased, because my Dad’s birthday was in early September, so he is always on my mind this time of year. He died in 2002, and I miss him every day.

Anyway, Wyoming Whisky: You can see how  handcrafted bourbon is made. After the tour through the working distillery and the warehouses to see the barrels with an explanation of the maturation process, the tour  concludes in the Whiskey Shop. In addition to the post-tour taste of Wyoming Whiskey, you can purchase unique WW products and gear. Contact The Whiskey Shop at 307-864-2116 for tour information.

 

 

 

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Hot Springs State Park

We soaked in the mineral hot springs in Thermopolis yesterday. Wyoming is fortunate to have several mineral hot springs due to geothermal activity. Hot Springs State Park offers two commercial pools complete with indoor and outdoor water slides, steam rooms, sauna’s hot tubs and pools. It also has a free bath house. We enjoyed relaxing in the 104 degree mineral water. Hot Springs State Park offers more than the mineral pools. There are 6.2 miles of accessible trails. Hot water cascades down the terraces along the Big Horn River. We didn’t walk the rainbow terrace path due to the hot …

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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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