Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Wednesday Near Wyoming _ November 23, 2022


Colorado coke oven
First question: What are these? 

Answer: Coke ovens. 

Next question: What is a coke oven? 

Answer: A furnace-like device used to "cook" the impurities from coal.

Last question: Why is a coke oven needed?

Answer: Gold and silver weren't the only minerals mined in Colorado. As you've undoubtedly guessed from this post, coal was also mined there. And for some uses, coal needed to be converted to coke. 

That's the short version of the story. For a more detailed explanation, click here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Wednesday Near Wyoming - November 16, 2022


Mesa Verde cliff house
For a fascinating look at what the park's brochure calls a window into the past, you need travel no further than Mesa Verde National Park. 

I was awed by the construction of these cliff dwellings and can only imagine what it must have been like to have lived there. 

If you're planning a visit or if you simply want to learn more, here's a link.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Wednesday Near Wyoming - November 9, 2022


Colorado Mining Building
No, this isn't a house on stilts. It's one of the buildings left from the heyday of Colorado's silver and gold mining. 

Since mining was the most important industry in the late nineteenth and into the twentieth century, it's not surprising that there are still reminders of the gold and silver rushes that brought so many to the state.

For more information, click here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Wednesday Near Wyoming - November 2, 2022


Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Did you notice that the title says Wednesday NEAR Wyoming rather than Wednesday IN Wyoming? That's because this month I'm featuring scenes from the neighboring state of Colorado.

If you get a little dizzy looking into this canyon, you're not alone. This is the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, part of a national park with the same name. The steep cliffs and narrow river bed mean that little sunshine makes its way to the bottom of the canyon, giving it its name.

The park is well worth a visit if you're traveling to Colorado. Here's a link for more information.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Wednesday in Wyoming - October 26, 2022


Autumn in Grand Teton NP
What could be more beautiful than trees wearing their autumn colors with the Tetons in the background? 

I hope you enjoyed this month's posts and that you agree with me that autumn in Wyoming is a season to delight anyone who enjoys natural beauty.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Wednesday in Wyoming - October 19, 2022


autumn colors Ayres Natural Bridge
Don't you love the contrast of the red rocks with the varied colors of the foliage? I do.

This is what early fall looks like near Ayres Natural Bridge.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Wednesday in Wyoming - October 12, 2022


Autumn foliage in Snowy Range
While many deciduous trees in Wyoming turn shades of gold and yellow each fall, some become vibrant reddish orange. 

This scene, which never fails to delight me, was taken in the Snowy Range, part of the Medicine Bow National Forest west of Laramie.