Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wednesday in Wyoming - November 14, 2018

Last week I told you that Fort Bridger began its life as a trading post, designed to provide supplies to the emigrants traveling the Oregon Trail. Though Jim Bridger and Louis Vasquez established it together in 1843, it bore Bridger's name, undoubtedly because he was the more famous of the two. Some refer to Bridger as the Daniel Boone of the Rockies.

I suspect the pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail didn't care about the name. What mattered to them was that the trading post sold vital goods and had a blacksmith shop. At this point in their journey, they needed both.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wednesday in Wyoming - November 7, 2018

This month we're going to travel to Fort Bridger, which is currently one of the Wyoming Parks. I say "currently," because the site has a number of different identities in its past.

It was founded as a trading post by Mountain Man Jim Bridger, then became part of the Mormon Fort Supply. A few years later, the US Army took control of the site and remained there until 1890. But the story didn't end with the Army's departure. In the 1930s when automobile travel became popular, Fort Bridger was the site of some unique cabins. And now it's a state park. See what I mean about a varied past?

I hope you'll enjoy this month's posts. And, if you were wondering, this picture, showing Fort Bridger as the "historical hub of trade and travel," can be found in the museum.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Wednesday Near Wyoming - October 31, 2018

Some of you know that I caught an incurable case of Carousel Fever in January 2000, the International Year of the Carousel, and have been visiting antique carousels ever since.

For me, there's nothing quite like an historic merry-go-round unless it's a particularly creative modern one. That's what this one is.  Named the Carousel of Happiness, it's a thoroughly modern carousel with such imaginative animals that I doubt anyone can look at it without smiling or even laughing out loud.

And, as you can see, the animals are dressed for Halloween, making this the perfect picture to share today.

Where do you find this gem? In the small Colorado mountain town of Nederland, just north of Boulder.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Wednesday Near Wyoming - October 24, 2018

I'm sure you have no trouble guessing where this picture was taken.

Although I've been to Mount Rushmore several times, the sight of those four massive heads carved in the mountain never fails to impress me. And the avenue of flags leading to the monument itself is a wonderful introduction to South Dakota's most iconic spot.

Did you know that Rapid City, the city closest to Rushmore, calls itself the City of Presidents and has statues of all former presidents? I may share pictures of some of them with you next spring, so be sure to come back and see who's featured then.

Meanwhile, do you have a favorite among the four who are immortalized on Rushmore? I do.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wednesday Near Wyoming - October 17, 2018

Have you ever been to Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area?

Based on the name, you won't be surprised that this area is famous for its trout fishing, boating, hiking, bird watching, and other outdoor activities. What might surprise you is that it spans two states -- Wyoming and Utah.

Since this month I'm focusing on spots near Wyoming, you'd be correct in guessing that this picture was taken in Utah.

Isn't the combination of red and white rocks with green brush beautiful?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wednesday Near Wyoming - October 10, 2018

When is a bale of hay more than a bale of hay? When it's turned into an Easter bunny.

I spotted these special bales in Nebraska on the drive to Carhenge. (Remember that from the spring Wednesday Near Wyoming posts?)

Did the bunnies make you smile? I certainly smiled when I saw them.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wednesday Near Wyoming - October 3, 2018

Last spring's Wednesday Near Wyoming posts were so popular that I decided to give you an encore this month.

Can you guess where this was taken? If you said, "Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park," you were right. The park, which I've heard described as the "crown jewel of the national park system," is only a couple hours from Cheyenne -- the perfect distance for a day trip.

This is one of my favorite spots in Rocky, as the locals refer to it, just past the summit of Trail Ridge Road on the western side of the park. We're above the tree line here, and on this particular day, the tundra was turning its fall colors. Simply beautiful!