Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wednesday in Wyoming - November 13, 2019

Fort Laramie sutler's store, etc.
One of the major stops on the Oregon Trail was Fort Laramie. It was here that pioneers could purchase supplies for the next part of the journey -- the most challenging part, because it involved mountains. They could also have their wagons repaired, do laundry, and -- perhaps most importantly -- rest for a day or two before continuing.

The picture above shows modern day Fort Laramie, with a number of restored buildings, including the sutler's store, which is the one-story building on the far right. It was here that pioneers would shop for whatever they needed.

Fort Laramie Sutler's Store
As you can see, the interior of the sutler's store was filled with goods that pioneers as well as soldiers might need. Everything from saddles to teakettles to blankets and, of course, food, could be purchased here.

To learn more about Fort Laramie, click here.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Wednesday Near Wyoming - November 6, 2019

Chimney Rock
This month, in honor of the fact that Barbour Books has reissued The Oregon Trail Romance Collection, which includes my novella, The Sagebrush Bride, in a bargain print edition, I'm featuring scenes along the Oregon Trail.

As I drive in air-conditioned or heated comfort along reasonably smooth roads with speed limits as high as 80 mph, I marvel at all that the pioneers endured on their journey west. Many of them walked next to their wagons, facing blistering heat, hail storms, possible snake bites - so many hazards. But they persisted, taking comfort from milestones along the way.

One of those milestones was Chimney Rock, which is now a National Historic Site in Nebraska. (That's why this week's post is Wednesday NEAR Wyoming.) For more information about Chimney Rock, you might enjoy this link.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Wednesday in Wyoming - October 30, 2019

Wind-formed aspen trunk Snowy Range
Did you ever doubt the power of the wind in Wyoming? If so, consider the way the aspen's trunk is bent.

Just another beautiful scene in the Snowy Range.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Wednesday in Wyoming - October 23, 2019

Snowy Range Little Brooklyn Lake
Although we couldn't go all the way to Brooklyn Lake, thanks to the unseasonable snow in the Snowy Range, we did see a number of smaller lakes, including Little Brooklyn Lake.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wednesday in Wyoming - October 16, 2019

Snowy Range chapel
Here's something you don't see in too many parks - a chapel.

That was one of the pleasant surprises along the road to Brooklyn Lake in the Snowy Range.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Wednesday in Wyoming - October 9, 2019

snow in Snowy Range
The plan for our mid-July trip to the Snowy Range had been to drive to Brooklyn Lake, hike around the lake, and admire the wildflowers. Unfortunately, the Snowies lived up to their name, and - to my surprise - a number of the side roads, including the one to Brooklyn Lake, were still impassible due to snow.

That was disappointing. What wasn't disappointing were the wildflowers. As you can see, they practically carpeted the area.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Wednesday in Wyoming - October 2, 2019

Road to Snowy Range
You may recall the Snowy Range from previous posts and that it got its name, not from snow, but from the white rocks.

I'd never been there during the summer but wanted to see the wildflowers, so in the middle of July, my husband and I headed that way.

As you can see, although the main road was clear, there was snow on the mountain tops. You can also see that this is quintessential Wyoming road -- no traffic, just lots of beautiful scenery.

Next week, you'll see the surprise that awaited us.