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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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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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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Warm Weather Reminder: Mosquitos, Ticks Spread Diseases

With warmer weather arriving, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) cautions residents and visitors that both mosquitos and ticks can spread po­tentially serious diseases in Wyoming. Katie Bryan, a WDH epidemiologist, said mosquitos spread West Nile virus (WNV) when they feed on infected birds and then bite people, animals and other birds.  Diseases passed on in Wyoming by infected ticks include tulare­mia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) and Colorado tick fever (CTF). “Most people infected with West Nile virus do not realize it,” Bryan said. Among those who become ill, symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen …

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Day Trips versus Road Trips

Summer is the best time to travel. We recently took a road trip to see our son receive his master’s degree in Moscow, Idaho. It’s a 13 hour drive. My husband and I like to enjoy the journey, so we stayed in Missoula, Montana on the drive there, and Bozeman, Montana on the return trip. It’s a trip we have made several times in our son’s educational journey. We are so proud of him! Montana is verdant and green with rolling hills of grassland and snow peaked mountain passes. The Clark’s Fork and Yellowstone Rivers were and are flooding. They …

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Tumbling Tumbleweeds

We had a terrible windstorm April 30th. It blew our  gate in, right off the hinges so that it was laying on the ground. Trees were down in a neighboring town and I know one person who had her roof blow off. Presumably she means the shingles on her roof. There was a little bit of hail, ranging from dime sized to golf ball sized, although other parts of the state had hail big enough to look like a snowball. Wyoming is windy. We were thankful to have only small sticks to pick up, and tumbleweeds. Here is a Gif …

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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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Spring Weather in Wyoming

Spring weather in Wyoming is unpredictable. Springtime in Wyoming?  There are two seasons in Wyoming, winter and construction.  Spring? Blink and you’ll miss it. This morning we have snow. Yesterday we had rain. We have had 8 inches of snow on the mountain since Monday. The moisture is welcome, since Wyoming isn’t habitable without water. The Buffalo Bill Dam was built so that Northwest Wyoming, where I live, would be able to be settled. We have had several weeks of near 60 degrees in the day and below freezing at night. The past week we’ve had highs in the mid …

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Fiber Arts

Do you knit? Yarn is made right here in Wyoming. The state of Wyoming has a long history of sheep, lamb  and wool, goat and livestock production. I thought of writing about wool because when we went skiing last week traffic was stopped by ranchers moving sheep on the hoof. Ranchers move sheep from lower pastures to higher elevations in the spring. While wool production is a small part of the economy in our state, it does provide a living for a number of people. Since there are only 585,000 people in the entire state, sheep ranchers play a vital …

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5 Irish Pubs in Wyoming

Celebrate the foremost patron saint of Ireland  with an evening out at an Irish Pub. My favorite is in Cody, which fortunately is also the closest to me. Remember to have a designated driver if you plan to overindulge. Galloway’s Pub in Casper -Galloway’s has beers on tap and a full restaurant menu. Galloway’s Irish Pub and Eatery on CY Avenue features a dance floor and a live music stage. It is connected to El Marko bowling lanes but separated. They also have 2 dart boards and a pool table. It can get a little noisy. Keg and Cork in Casper – …

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