Whole Lotta Normal in Casper

I don’t know what you are seeing online, but things are pretty normal here. Yeah, people are camped out in the Walmart parking lot, but other than the long line for the women’s restroom, it’s normal. Shelves are stocked. Lines are normal. Just drove acrosss town, it took the usual amount of time. Cell service…

Eclipse Hooplah

If you live in Wyoming, I’m sure you’ve seen lots of references to Wyoming and the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.  In case you’ve been living under a rock ( a hunk of Jade, in this case), that’s because the path of totality will be directly across Wyoming. There’s been all kinds of hooplah…

Pick Me! Pick Me!

American Pickers are coming to Wyoming in July. They are looking for unique collections where they could “spend the better part of the day” according to the press release they sent out to area chambers of commerce. They want to look at private collections, not museum or store collections. There may be some money to…

Deep Soul Happy

My friend uses the expression “deep soul happy” about the things that bring on that certain indescribable sense of contentment. For me it has to do with a place in nature where the only man made sounds are the voices of loved ones. The distant laughter of my kids brings the deep-soul-happy to my mother…

FINALLY, Some Snow

Last year El Nino resulted in a very dry winter. The effects lingered through our summer and fall. Finally, a ski-able snow. I hadn’t been able to ski on the hay meadows for two years, until yesterday, that is. The short term forecast predicts temps in the fifties today, so good bye (again) snow!

Old Farmall Still Farming

My mother’s father was a farmer. My mother  couldn’t wait to get off the farm and experience the city lights. She says I got the farmer gene, which often skips a generation. This old tractor still runs, and we use it to cut hay. It’s a simple machine. When I drive it I feel the…

Medicine Wheel, Bighorn Mountains

I visited this well known landmark many years ago.  At that time the  chain link and barbed wire enclosure resulted in an unwelcoming experience.  Everything about the old enclosure seemed to yell “stay out!” I’m glad we took the time to revisit the site on a recent trip to the area. In 1996 the Bighorn…

Warm, Dry March

It seemed like March was really dry, but I’m in a new place, so I don’t have years of personal experience regarding March weather in this location. According to the maps below, my impression was correct. We had good snow cover all winter, then it was as if someone just turned the clouds off. Almost…

Yes, Wyoming is Desolate

Sometimes I’m a little miffed at the way people describe Wyoming. Words like barren, desolate, and god-forsaken have been used. I recently read a best seller where the protagonist walks through Wyoming and dismisses it with a few sentences as ugly and trashy. The author then goes on to spend pages and pages describing a…

Up to the Task

He’s been enjoying the faux spring of Wyoming: day time temperatures in the 50’s, the grass is turning  green, and the robins are singing. He’s feeling the sun on his hide. He’s feeling the green grass. A renewed, jaunty zing in his step. A renewed sense of energy and power. He’s no “dead head.” He’s…

A Cow Horse I Once Knew

Here’s a good video from the Wyoming Office of Tourism highlighting some of the uniqueness of Wyoming and the west. There is a tall, lanky, pale palomino in that horse herd, reminding me of a horse I once knew. The story follows below. We were working on a very large cattle ranch. The lanky palomino…