Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday in Wyoming -- March 14, 2018

Remember the addition at the back of the J.C. Penney home? This enclosed porch is part of it. If you look closely, you'll see that the "paneling" on the walls comes from shipping crates. How's that for recycling or reuse?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wednesday in Wyoming -- March 7, 2018

One of the highlights of Kemmerer is the J.C. Penney homestead, which has been turned into a museum. Although it's very attractive with its porch and spindle-work trim, the original part of the house is small. Tall people need to duck their heads in the upstairs room.

A side view shows you that the house was built in stages, being expanded as the family grew. (Notice the unmatched siding.)

Are you surprised at how modest a home this was for a man like Mr. Penney?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wednesday in Wyoming -- February 28, 2018

There's a reason why fairy gardens are popular. After all, who doesn't enjoy admiring the miniature designs and the sheer beauty of them?

If you've been following my Wednesday in Wyoming posts this month, you know that they've highlighted the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens' Grand Conservatory, so you won't be surprised to learn that this fairy garden (and another that's designed for kids and even allows them to enter it) is part of the conservatory.

What may surprise you is that the large log was dredged from the small lake that's adjacent to the Gardens -- another example of the Gardens' commitment to reuse and sustainability.

Can you see why the Gardens are one of my favorite places in Cheyenne? If you're in the area, stop in and see just how beautiful it is.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday in Wyoming -- February 21, 2018

Elephants in Wyoming? Yes, indeed. Of course they're not real, but they are a popular sight at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens' new Grand Conservatory.

Did you notice that they're both wearing scarves to stay warm during our long winters?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday in Wyoming -- February 14, 2018

It's Valentine's Day, and while these aren't officially lovebirds, there's no doubt that they're a happy couple. Where do you find these finches? At the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens' Grand Conservatory.

Assistant Director, Tina Worthman, tells me they're a big attraction. I'm not surprised.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wednesday in Wyoming -- February 7, 2018

If you're in Cheyenne and looking for a place to escape winter's cold, look no further than the Botanic Gardens' new Grand Conservatory. It may be snowing, raining, or just plain cold outside, but it's always warm indoors.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wednesday in Wyoming -- January 31, 2018

Not all of the Fort Caspar Museum exhibits are indoors. In addition to the fort itself, this reconstruction of a bridge over the Platter River and a replica of the Mormon ferry that carried pioneers across the sometimes treacherous river highlight important aspects of central Wyoming's history.

And, if you wondered what the marker was, it's to commemorate the Oregon Trail.

I hope you've enjoyed a peek inside the museum and that you've learned a little bit about the state I now call home.