Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- August 26, 2015

I knew that goats had beards, but a striped one?  That was a surprise.  The question is, is it really a stripe or simply a shadow?  And, yes, this is one of the famous weed-eating goats that I featured earlier this month.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- August 19, 2015

Have you ever had one of these in your yard?  I hope not!  As you can see, they do a fair amount of damage while they're excavating their tunnels and dens, but even more importantly, they're vicious animals and have no fear of humans.  Why would they, when they can run 19mph and have impressive teeth?

What it is it?  A badger.  And though they're supposedly nocturnal, this one obviously didn't get that memo.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- August 12, 2015

Last week we had sleeping goats.  Today I thought I'd show you a sleeping bunny.  I'll never understand why it wanted to be close to rocks and cactus, but this young cottontail was so exhausted after getting caught in the first hailstorm of its life that it collapsed right on top of some decorative rocks.  After a ten minute nap, it was back to its normal early evening routine: eating.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- August 5, 2015

They're back!  Cheyenne's weed-eating goats -- the environmentally friendly, not to mention cute, alternative to herbicides -- are back.  Here they are at rest early in the morning, getting ready for another hard day at work. 

And here they are, doing what goats do best -- eating.  Weeds, beware.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- July 29, 2015

The Mural Tour -- Part 5

Sheepherders played an important role in the history of Carbon County, where Rawlins is located.  Although I knew that sheep wagons, which some have described as the first campers, were a fixture in Wyoming, until I took the mural tour, I didn't know that James Candlish, a Rawlins blacksmith, is believed to have invented them.

Take a closer look.
The wagons include a bed area, a small table, cupboards and (as you can see from the chimney) a stove.  This was truly home on the range.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- July 22, 2015

The Mural Tour -- Part 4

Located on the side of a building, this mural -- or, to be more precise -- these four murals depict the challenges along the Mormon Trail, focusing on the Martin Handcart Company, which lost more than 150 pioneers in a devastating blizzard. 

Unlike the other murals, each of which had only one artist, this one has two: a mother and daughter team.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- July 15, 2015

The Mural Tour -- Part 3

According to the pamphlet describing the stops along Rawlins' mural tour, this is "a symbolic representation of the changes that occurred with the arrival of settlers in the West."  Obviously, other changes have occurred since the pamphlet was printed, and the mural is no longer visible. 

Despite the blank sign, I enjoyed seeing this small park across the street from the train depot.  Whether they were there as passengers or simply waiting for friends or family, I can imagine people looking at the clock to see how long it was before the next train would arrive.