Black History Month

It’s Black History Month in the US. There a variety of ways to learn available on the internet. It’s a matter of decided what one wants to learn and diligently setting aside the time to do so.  One of my interests is photography. I came across a blog post listing 7 Black Photographers to follow. If you follow photographers, or just like photography, I recommend that you check it out. Another option to study is to type in black history month on twitter and see what you can find out. There is a lot of information that I didn’t know, …

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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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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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Fun Facts About Wyoming

Wyoming is the 10th biggest state in the United States. An updated estimate of the state of Wyoming’s population shows 573,720 residents in 2018. That means Wyoming ranks 50th in terms of population of all the 50 states. Our biggest population center is Cheyenne. We have more wildlife than people. The photos are all Wyoming traffic jam examples that I downloaded off the internet.     The estimated population for Cheyenne in 2018 is 66,416. The elevation‎ is ‎6,115 and it is located in the southeast corner of the state. It is closer to drive to Denver, Colorado from Cheyenne than it …

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10 Movies About Wyoming

Since 1914, over 50 Hollywood movies have been made with Wyoming as the setting. How many have you seen? Here are 10 movies about Wyoming to watch this winter. Wind River, 2017 I haven’t seen it, but this is what the reviews are. Jeremy Renner plays a Wyoming Fish and Wildlife Service tracker, Cory Lambert, who discovers the body of a murdered Wind River Indian woman. When the autopsy reveals that she was raped, FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) arrives to investigate. Teaming up with Lambert as a guide, the duo soon find that their lives are in danger …

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Snow Tubing in Wyoming

If you’ve never been snow tubing, you are missing out. It is like sledding on a flexible flyer sled in comfort. It’s still a crazy ride, since there is no way to steer. Usually you hike up the hill, dragging your tube behind you with a rope. However, you can skip the long hike and enjoy the sheer joy of careening down the hill on snow if you go tubing at a ski lodge and pay for the lift ride. It’s a fun family activity. Kids have to be at least 42 inches tall to ride the lift. Tube at …

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10 Fun Winter Sports In Wyoming

If you travel to Wyoming, or live in Wyoming, in the winter playing outside in the cold is a given. The alternative is to curl up in front of the fireplace and hibernate for six months. What do natives do  in Wyoming when the skies are blue, the sun is shining, and the ground is covered with snow? Go outside! 10 Fun Winter Sports in Wyoming Snowmobiling: Snowmobile riders are called snowmobilers or sledders. Recreational riding is known as snowcross/racing, trail riding, freestyle, mountain climbing, boondocking, carving, ditchbanging and grass drags. Bear Lodge and Meadowlark Lodge both have a large contingent of snowmobile …

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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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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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Horseback Riding in Wyoming

Horseback riding is a perfect way to see explore the fall colors in Wyoming. My brother-in-law and his wife have brought their horses out from Wisconsin several times to explore our outdoor landscapes. There are many horse-boarding facilities. You have many options for riding in Wyoming. You can book a longer stay at a guest ranch. Most dude ranches require a minimum stay of at least three days and are all-inclusive and expensive. We have people from all over the world visit our dude ranches. The closest one to where I live is the Hideout, where horseback rides showcase the …

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