Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday in Wyoming -- February 3, 2016

As part of its year-long celebration of 125 years of statehood, Wyoming is issuing commemorative stickers like this one.  While others feature specific parts of the state, this one gives you the highlights.

Do you recognize all of the places/ events shown?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday in Wyoming -- January 27, 2016

If you've read accounts of the pioneers' journey west, you've probably seen references to Split Rock. As you can see, the split is sizable, meaning it's clearly visible from quite a distance.

It wasn't only the pioneers who used Split Rock as a navigational guide.  So too did trappers, native Americans and even the Pony Express.  That's one of the reasons for this monument.

You may not be able to read all the lettering on the sign, but I wanted to share the drawing at the top with you.  Here you can see the various groups that depended on Split Rock.  I particularly like the image of the Pony Express horse and rider.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wednesday in Wyoming -- January 20, 2016

Have you seen green signs like this along the highway?  The first time I encountered them, I wasn't sure of their purpose.  Eventually I realized that they were designed to help highway maintenance crews by indicating what kind of center striping was ahead. 

If I've interpreted this correctly, it marks the end of a no passing zone for oncoming traffic.

If that's wrong, someone, please correct me!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wednesday in Wyoming -- January 13, 2016

Have you ever seen a ramp like this?  The tire tracks in the foreground give you an idea of its use.  Yes, it's designed to get cattle from the holding pens into those huge trucks that transport them to ... well, you know where they're going.  After all, one of the bumper stickers you'll see in Wyoming is "Beef, It's What's for Dinner."

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wednesday in Wyoming -- January 6, 2016

Old books and fresh eggs?  How often do you see a sign like that? 

If you spotted the sign, would you pull into the driveway in search of books?  If you didn't, you'd be missing  a bookstore that's been featured in the LA Times and that has customers from around the world.  Yes, this is the Mad Dog and The Pilgrim bookstore located in Sweetwater Station Junction, Wyoming.  The town is tiny, but the bookstore is not.

Only in Wyoming?  Maybe.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- December 30, 2015

The year is almost over, but the celebrations at Fort Laramie continue.  I thought you might enjoy seeing this tree.  While similar to the one the soldiers had in their barracks (last week's post), it's obviously more elaborate, as you would expect from people with more time and money at their disposal.

Here's a closer view that also highlights the fancy card and letter holder on the wall.  Life was definitely easier for the officers and their families than it was for the soldiers.

However you celebrated Christmas, I hope it was a joyous time for you and that you're looking forward to 2016.  I send my wishes for a year filled with peace and happiness.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- December 23, 2015

For the last couple weeks, I've enjoyed showing you the beautifully decorated tables at the post surgeon's and officers' homes.  Life was different for the enlisted men.  They ate at Spartan tables, and you don't see any candy-topped cakes here.

And, yet, they did their best to decorate their quarters.
The tree looks almost as if it were a tumbleweed.  (Perhaps it was.)  Even with only a few gingerbread men hanging from it, I imagine this humble tree helped bring the joy of Christmas to the soldiers' lives.

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!