The afternoon of a 3 day storm, it finally moved out and sun began to shine and left us with a beautiful phenomenon. A ‘snowbow’! Or more scientifically know as a ‘sun dog’, ‘mock sun’ or ‘phantom sun’. It is a occurrence not seen often and it usually happens when the sun is close to the horizon. The bright spots occur on both sides of the sun, usually in pairs. Life in Wyoming is an adventure!Sun DoSun DogSnowbow

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Soapweed yucca is a Great Plains species native to Wyoming. The lance-like leaves are stiff, coarse, and sharp but worth the blood-letting for the tall spikes of whitish pendulant flowers. Yuccas don’t bloom every year, but some years are phenomenal. Because of the shape of the flower, pollination can be accomplished by only a single species of insect, the yucca moth. Female yucca moths lay eggs in the ovary and then deliberately pack pollen on the stigma. The growing moth larvae eat the developing seeds but usually not all of them. Before the fruits open to disperse seeds, the caterpillar chews its way out and drops to the ground, where it buries itself, spins a cocoon, and waits out the winter. In the spring, the moths emerge just as the yucca blooms and wait at the flowers to find a mate.   In our area, the Yucca tend to bloom about every 3 years.  It is a spectacular site.  (information from University of Wyoming Extension)Yucca in Wyoming

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Beartooth Highway

The renowned Beartooth Highway (Highway 212), is a 65-mile route over the Beartooth Mountains with the Beartooth Pass at 10,947 feet, The Beartooth Mountains are some of the planet’s oldest rock with some dating at nearly four billion years. The highway, itself, is the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The Beartooths are home to over 300 pristine lakes and waterfalls, some 300 feet. The name of the mountain range comes from a rugged granite peak that has the shape of a bear’s tooth. Our drive starts on the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway, then up and over the Beartooth Highway.

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Beartooth Pass

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The Bear’s Tooth

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Yellowstone in May

It was a beautiful Spring day and since the East Gate opened on Friday, we took a trip to the Park.  We went in the Northeast entrance through Lamar Valley and came out the East Entrance to Cody.  Driving the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway is always an amazing trip.  There were a lot baby buffalo in Lamar Valley.

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Baby Buffalo in Lamar Valley

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Early Spring

This winter was extremely mild this year and it appears we are going to be having an early spring.  Horses are shedding and trees are budding.  We hope that we do not have a hard frost, as that could happen, and damage the trees.  In the meantime, we enjoyed mild temperature on Saturday for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Spring Fling.  The street by The Irma was closed for games for

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kids and adults alike.   There were about 30 entries including the Bagpipers from Billings, Montana.  After the parade, we enjoy dinner at The Irma hotel where the Bagpipers were playing.

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Happiest States in the United States

Wyoming is rated as the 5th ‘Happiest’ state in the United States.

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The Arrival of Spring

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Waterfall along the Road

Spring time in the Rockies comes upon us with gradual awakenings.  The first sign is the Yucca plant showing its spikes a brighter green.  It is so gradual, that sometimes it sneaks up on you.  Then you will notice a sage turning from their dull gray winter color to a bluish gray.  I get so excited when I am greeted by the Mountain Blue Birds flying along my fence line as I drive up my road.  And my heart wants to sing along with the first song of the Meadowlark, Wyoming’s state bird.   Weather patterns in the spring can be very variable.   April showers bring May flowers, ours just happen to be snow showers.  It is usually a very wet snow that melts into the ground.  With warm days following, everything starts to green up.  The arrival of May and the opening of Yellowstone National Park gets the locals excited as we rush to see the Park in the spring as it awakens and waits for the tourists from all over the world to enjoy its wonders.  Memorial weekend heralds the opening of the Beartooth Highway.  We are so lucky, all of this is in our back yard.

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AND THE WINNER IS: WYOMING!

AND THE WINNER IS WYOMING! as the best state to retire in. Though I am not surprised, it is always nice to receive that recognition. According to one of the reports, Wyoming was rated as have the lowest tax rate in the country. For more on this go to:

http://money.cnn.com/…/r…/2015/03/23/best-states-retirement/

Forget Florida. Residents of these states are happy, safe, and have good health care — all for the right price.
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DUCLKINGS IN CODY WYOMING

On my way to work this morning, I was turn from Highway 120 onto the 12th Street hill.  I was so fortunate to catch something out of the corner of my.  It was mother duck and her 6 ducklings.  I had just barely missed them.  I pulled over to the side as curious bypassers wonCody Wyomingder what I was doing.  She continued along in the grass where I though she would be safe. 

 

 

 

 

But then, she turned and started across the 3 lane highway.  I held my breath as cars passed by in the other lane.  I waved to cars and she slowly made it across safely.  I got the thumbs up from some drivers. 

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Wyoming War Memorial

The State War Memorial is located in Cody, Wyoming.  There is a World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial and Vietnam War Memorial.  This Memorial Day there was a special ceremony to dedicated the World War I memorial, Powder River Let ‘er Buck, the battle cry of Wyoming troops.  An insignia was designed of a bucking horse and was worn proudly on the uniforms of the Wyoming troops.  There was a decal for all Wyoming vehicles.  This bucking horse was the beginning of our State emblem that is now on our license plates.  Govenor Matt Meade was on hand to help with the dedication. 

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Governor Matt Meade

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Governor Matt Meade at World War I Memorial

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