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. Last year was a spectacular blooming year. This year there are some rogue plants. The photo is of one next to my house. (information from University of Wyoming Extension)
There is no place like Cody, Wyoming on the 4th of July. Flags are flying along Sheridan Avenue and on the 1st of July the Cody Stampede begins with 4 days of PRCA rodeo followed by the Extreme Bulls on the 5th. There are 3 days of parades with floats and marching bands and of course, lots of horses. The porch of the Irma Hotel is a lively place with live music including the Bagpipers from Billings, MT. In the City park across from the Court House, families enjoy picnicking as they listen to music in the band shell. 10th Street next to the park is closed for an arts and crafts fair. It is an exciting and very patriotic time.
A beautiful day and drive in our 1939 Chevy Coupe in the Beartooth Mountains. We drove up the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway which is 15 miles north of Cody, Wyoming. We drove along the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River to Cooke City. Then we back tracked and took the Beartooth Highway over the top of the Beartooth Mountains. Charles Kuralt called this highway the ‘most scenic highway in North America’.
One of the great advantages of living here is having Yellowstone Park in our back yard. One evening my husband said to me,’Let’s pack a lunch and go to Yellowstone tomorrow.’ So we did. We drove up the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway, over Dead Indian Pass and along the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River. We went through Cooke City, known for its snowmobiling in the winter, and on to Silver Gate, the northeast gate of Yellowstone. Driving along through Lamar Valley, we saw many herds of buffalo.
We then took the route over Dunraven Pass where we came upon a traffic jam. Along the roadside was a young grizzly sow and her 2 cubs.
We continued on past the Grand Canyon to Norris Junction past some geysers to Old Faithful Inn. From there we continued on to West Thumb and traveled along Yellowstone Lake to Fishing Bridge. Looking out over the lake, we noticed what was the beginning of a forest fire which has burned over 500 acres.
We continued on over Sylvan Pass to the East Gate and Pahaske Tepee, Buffalo Bill’s hunting lodge. We were home in time to have a nice barbecue after a relaxing day in the park.
The third weekend in August we went up to our favorite spot in the Beartooth Mountains with friends. We camp near the old sheep pens across from Little Bear Lake overlooking Chain Lakes. We are at about 9400 feet elevation.
The first day we took a short ride over to Rainbow Lake, crossing a couple creeks. The second day we rode to Top and Dollar Lakes and up the Stockade drainage to Stockade Lake where we had lunch by the lake.
We tightened cinches, mounted up and rode along the creek to Losekamp Lake at the base of Tibbs Butte.
From there we started climbing out of that drainage up to Hauser Lake. From Hauser we went to Rainbow Lake, crossed the Morrison Jeep Trail and back over to camp across from Little Bear Lake. It was about a 6 hour ride of sheer beauty.
On the third day, we rode over to Rainbow Lake and explored a new trail that took us to Top Lake through the woods.From Top Lake, we rode down into Little Sawtooth Lake at the base of Sawtooth Mountain where we had lunch.Then we rode back to camp along the Morrison Jeep Trail and the old sheep trail. To me there is no place closer to heaven than the top of the mountains. Happy Trails!
One of the many wonderful aspects of living near Cody, Wyoming is the spectacular trail riding opportunities. Ronald Reagan once said, ‘there is nothing better for the inside of man than the outside of a horse’.We will often just ride out of place across BLM for a short ride enjoying the mountain views. On other occasions we will trailer a short distance to ride up in the mountains.mountains around Cody WyomingOn Labor Day weekend, we went up Chief Joseph Scenic Highway and down to the bottom of the pass. There we parked the trailer, tacked up and headed down the trail. riding in the mountains near Cody WyomingThis trail takes you along a route to the Clarks Fork Canyon where Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians escaped from the Calvary in 1877 and head north to Montana. The vistas are magnificent. And the granite cliffs are awe inspiring. riding in the mountains near Cody Wyoming.
On Labor Day weekend, we went up Chief Joseph Scenic Highway and down to the bottom of the pass. There we parked the trailer, tacked up and headed down the trail. riding in the mountains near Cody Wyoming. This trail takes you along a route to the Clarks Fork Canyon where Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians escaped from the Calvary in 1877 and head north to Montana. The vistas are magnificent. And the granite cliffs are awe inspiring.
After about 4 miles or so, you come to the overlook of the Clarks Fork Canyon and the trail that leds down the south face of the Canyon to the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River.?This trail is very steep and mostly shale and is for the experienced rider. The view from the top is breathtaking and you can almost image Chief Joseph and his band of people and almost 2000 Appaloosa horses traversing this trail.
As part of the Rendezvous Royale week in Cody, Wyoming, there are many happenings around town during the fourth week of September each year. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center hosts the Cody High Style Fashion Show, the Quick Draw, a nationally recognized art show and sale, an exhibit of the best western artisans and craftsman and the Patrons Ball as the grand finale. There are also many happenings around town. The Irma Hotel hosts a Art Show and Sale upstairs in their historic hotel rooms. At the Cody Auditorium, there is show and sale featuring western craftsman and artists. On Thursday, Sheridan Avenue is closed for three blocks for the Boot, Scoot and Boogie. Merchants serve refreshments and there are many exhibits on display ending with a fashion show. It is a fun and exciting time!
Every year Sheridan Avenue in Cody, Wyoming is close on Halloween from 4 to 6 p.m. for trick or treating. Familes from all over Park County come to town and parade up and down Sheridan Avenue while the merchants hand out candy. Sheridan Avenue is blocked off for the event and it is a great family time.
Every year Canyon Real Estate prepares for 1200 to 1500 trick or treaters. Rita Lovell stands on the corner of 12th and Sheridan handing candy out. It is a great time and weather was beautiful this year bringing out record numbers.
Canyon Real Estate represented the buyer, New Mount Carmel Foundation and the Carmelite Monks of Wyoming in the purchase of this ranch. The ranch consists of 2500 acres next to National Forest at the base of Carter Mountain with Meeteetse Creek flowing through the ranch. State, BLM and Forest grazing leases are being transferred to the new buyer.
This ranch was found after researching and viewing many ranches throughout northern Wyoming. Canyon Real Estate can assist you in finding Wyoming ranches for sale that will meet your criteria. Located in historic downtown Cody, Wyoming we will help you re-capture the last of the old west here in northwest Wyoming. Call 307-527-7092 for more information on ranches for sale in Wyoming.
On Sunday, November 14, the 2010 Capital Christmas Tree came to Cody, Wyoming and was parked on 12th Street in front of the Irma Hotel. The tree was cut in the Bridger-Teton National Forest and is touring around Wyoming before heading east to the Capitol. The tree went down Sheridan Avenue to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and then turned on Beck Avenue. I had a front row seat in front of our office on 12th Street when the semi hauling the 67 foot tree turned in front of us. I signed the side and a part of me will travel to the Capitol. The outpouring of enthusiasm throughout the state of Wyoming as the Capitol Tree travels around shows the spirit and patriotism of Wyominites.
Wyoming, Forever West!
This weekend, my husband and I made our annual trip to the Line Creek Canyon in Clark, Wyoming at the base of the Beartooth Mountains to cut down our Christmas tree. This year we have had more snow that normal, so on our first attempt a week ago, we did not make it very far. The chinook winds had brought in warmer air, so some of the snow had melted. Normally, we criss cross back and forth across the creek, but with more snow this year we only made one crossing.I had another mission this year. I was to bring home the largest tree that I could get onto the 6 wheeler for the Carmelite Monastery. First, we cut our tree down and loaded it on top. Then I spotted the approximately 15 foot tree with pine cones and proceeded to climb up to it. We loaded it onto the 6 wheeler and started down the mountain.
It was another wonderful day in Wyoming!
On the last weekend of December 2010, we took a drive up the Northfork Highway, west of Cody, Wyoming, to the east gate of Yellowstone National Park. Teddy Roosevelt called it the most scenic 50 miles in the country. Inside the Shoshone National Forest, we started looking for wildlife. A buffalo was grazing peacefully in an open meadow. Then I spotted two beautiful rams. After a few minutes, they were joined by two more rams. Watching their actions was very intriguing. Two of them decided to cross the road right in front of our vehicle.
At that point, heads starting butting. Unfortunately, they were behind the guard rail. We decided to drive on toward Pahaska marveling in the the winter wonderland. On our return trip, the two rams had moved back across the road and were continuing the show. These are such majestic animals and it is always an exciting time viewing them.
If you are considering buying real estate in Wyoming, the Cody, Clark, Powell and Greybull areas have so much to offer. The mountains of Northwest Wyoming hold so much adventure and recreational opportunities for all ages. And this is all in our back yard.
Many properties are advertised as bordering BLM and often we are asked what this stands. BLM is an agency in the Department of Interior. The landscape that BLM manages in Northwest Wyoming is charterized by native rangeland for the most part. Sometimes BLM will adjoin National Forest. Since it is public land, if a property adjoins BLM, as a land owner, you can horseback ride or hike from your property across the BLM. ATV’s can only be used on marked roads. Being situated next to BLM offers additional privacy.The Clark area, which is 30 miles north of Cody at the base of the Beartooth Mountains, is checker boarded with BLM with large expanses that are closer to and adjoining National Forest.
I was sitting in our great room enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon by the fire when the neighbors decided to drop by. Antelope are commonly seen in Wyoming. They are migratory and are seen in different areas different times of the year. I have often seen them in my pasture where they will stop and look at me through the window. Unfortuantely, as soon as I move to get the camera, so do they.
Wyoming is the only state with more antelope than people. They are an amazing animal that can reach speeds of 60 mph. The antelope of North American are called Pronghorns, but more commonly referred to as just antelope. During the winter they form mixed sex herds. In spring, males and females will seperate with young males and females forming seperate groups and adult males living solitarily.
Wildlife viewing here in northwestern Wyoming is spectacular, especially when you can look at them out your front window.
Today, May 1, was the perfect day for a drive along the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway. Named after the Nez Perce chief during the conflict of 1877, this highway and area also has significant historical interest. The Nez Perze during the summer of 1877 were flewing the US Calvary through Yellowstone Park and traveled the trails through the mountains east of Yellowstone and out throught the Clarks Fork Canyon. They eventually surrendered 30 miles from the Canadian border with Chief Joseph’s famous speech, ‘From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.’ There are several interprative signs along the highway giving the history of the conflict in this area.
The Chief Joseph Highway starts at Wyoming Highway 120 and ends about 46 miles at the Beartooth Highway. From there you travel through the Two Dot Ranch for about 8 miles till you enter the Shoshone National Forest. Mule deer along with other wildlife is abudant. The rock formations and colors are stunning. Each time I reach the top of Dead Indian Pass, my breath is taken away with the beauty of the snow covered peaks with several peaks being over 12,000 feet.
There are many trailheads for hiking and riding off the highway. Sunlight Basin offers another scenic drive to the back country. As we travel along the Clarks Fork River, we look across to the Beartooth Mountains. The Clarks Fork River and Canyon is the division between the Beartooth Mountains(glacier formation) and the Absaroka Mountains(volcanic formation).After we pass through the community of Crandall, I get my first glimpse of Pilot and Index Peaks. This to me is always the crowning jewel of the drive. Today, they were covered deeply in snow, promising the valleys below a good spring run off.
We enjoyed a picnic lunch and returned home after a relaxing drive. I will travel this highway many more times in the coming months as one of my favorite excursions. All of this is just in our backyard living in Northwestern Wyoming.
Last week Coulter Pass from Pilot Creek in Wyoming to Cooke City Montana was plowed allowing Silver Gate, the Northeast entrance to Yellowstone Park to open for the season. We took a drive up the Chief Joseph Highway and continue through Cooke City and into the Park.
Soon after driving into the Park, we saw a young grizzly bear near Soda Butte Creek.
We drove a short way into Lamar Valley and turned around. The East Gate was closed due to avalanches. The Sunday afternoon drive was relaxing as we took in the awe inspiring views of the spectacular mountains in our backyard.
The Beartooth Highway is a stretch of highway that goes from Red Lodge to Cooke City, MT across the rugged Beartooth Mountains. Charles Kuralt called it the most scenic highway in North America. It is the highest highway in the Northern Rockies with the pass at 11,000 feet. Living at the base of the dramatic Beartooths, I look forward annually to the opening of the Beartooth Highway. Usually opening around Memorial weekend, this year it was delayed due to heavy snowpack. The 75th anniversary of the opening of the highway on June 14, 1936 was celebrated this past weekend. It follows a route taken by General Sheridan in 1872 when he was returning from an inspection tour of Yellowstone Park.
On our trip on Sunday, we saw people skiing, snow boarding and snow mobiling. Wyoming MountainsIf you look at the top, you will see 2 skiers ready to launch down the mountain.
Returning home to the base of the Beartooth Mountains in Clark, we came to green prairies and wildflowers blooming.
This spring we had an abundance of rain, more than usual. This produced green prairies and mountain sides with lush vibrant wildflowers. Many of these flowers I have never seen before.
Last fall, I scattered native seeds and was pleasantly surprised this spring to see the results.
Yucca is a native plant to this area. Normally, when you look across the prairie, you will notice them only when you are close up. This year they were in full bloom. I only see displays like this about every 3 years, so this was a very special year for the Yucca.
It was going to be a hot Sunday, so after breakfast, my husband and I decided to go to Yellowstone. At a higher elevation it would be cooler, so we took our 1950 Chevy hardtop and cruised down the road. We went in through the East Gate, 50 miles west of Cody. Teddy Roosevelt called it the ‘most scenic 50 miles in America.’
This rock formation on the way to the East Gate is known as the ‘Holy City.” It is called this as it resembles the sillouette of the ancient city of Jerusalem. It was formed millions of years ago by volacanic activity.
Chimney Rock is another unique formation on the road from Cody to Yellowstone.
Elephant Head is another interesting formation on the way YellowstoneElephant Head
As we drive through the East Gate and up Sylvan Pass, we see evidence of the heavy snow melt as water cascades down the sides of the mountain.
As we drive through an open meadow before Yellowstone Lake, we see a field of beautiful wildflowers.This was an exceptional year for snow in the mountains during late Spring. Thus, the rivers are flowing at maximum. This is the Yellowstone River where we had lunch. You can see the trees in the middle of the river.This was a small island now covered by water.
Mud pots in Yellowstone are present where hot water is limited and hydrogen sulfide gas is present and sulfuric acid is generated. The hydrogen sulfide gas emits an odor smelling like rotten eggs. Our next stop was Artist Point and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Flowers on Dunraven Pass
Buffalo in Lamar Valley and we came back home through the Northeast Gate, down off Dead Indian Pass in time to barbeque steaks.
Rocky Mountain goats inhabit the alpine meadows in high elevations in the Rocky Mountains. They are not a true goat, but are close relatives. They are sure footed often seen climbing along sheer mountain cliffs. I saw these grazing on a drive over the Beartooth Mountains yesterday. They are a magnificent sight. This elevation was probably about 10,000 feet.
The Beartooth Mountains were named after this formation. In the middle of the picture, you will see the ‘Bear’s Tooth.
We often get asked about water rights or irrigation. In the State of Wyoming, all water is owned by the State and has been adjudicated through a priority system dating back to territorial dates to certain lands. If a property has adjudicated water rights attached to the legal description, those water rights stay with the land when it is sold. Wyoming is a high desert, semi-arid climate with average rainfall being 6 to 10 inches per year. Supplemental water is needed to grow crops or a landscaped yard. Irrigation rights on smaller parcels are usually part of a larger water right and are generally shared with neighboring smaller parcels. In many cases, there are irrigation districts that cover a larger area and oversee the water rights in that district. There is a yearly charge for the delivery of water. That assessment covers the maintenance of the canals and ditches in that district. Fees vary from district to district. Many times in a neighborhood with small parcels, there will be an association with a water master. For more detailed information, visit http://seo.state.wy.us/PDF/living_small_acreage.pdf. Water is gold in Wyoming. From the fertile ground, lush crops can be produced.
If you are looking at land for sale that does not have irrigation or just looking for a home site, you most likely will be drilling a well. This is done by obtaining a permit from the State Engineer’s office. The cost is $50 for the application. When the well is complete and hooked up to a power source, a Completion Statement is filled out and sent into the State Engineer’s office. They will then adjudicate the water right to that property and assign a number. A domestic well allows for watering of one acre around the home site.
For additional information on water rights in the State of Wyoming, contact the State Engineer’s Office, http://seo.state.wy.us/index.aspx
This winter was very mild and spring arrived early this year. Our horses started shedding in February. They must have know something we do not. After a sleepy winter, there are other subtle signs of an awakening spring. One of the first signs is the yucca turning green. The yucca or soapweed yucca plant is found in the dryer areas of Wyoming. It has a beautiful white flower which blooms every 3 years. The sage gradually turn color and green sprouts of grass appear across the prairie. The blue birds have come back and I heard my first meadow lark sing this past weekend. You will often see smoke rise as the farmers prepare for planting and burn the irrigation ditches in preparation for water being turned on sometime in April. This will vary with irrigation districts. Plowing has started in Yellowstone National Park and roads will open up in late April and early May.
Springtime is the time that many ranchers will move herds of cattle around to different pastures and on to BLM leases. A neighbor and friend of ours asked for some help this year. We have done this trail many times and it is always a gorgeous ride. This Saturday, we moved about 100 head approximately 8 miles. It was perfect weather for the ride. Everything went smoothly and all of us had a wonderful time and a wonderful ride.
The renowned Beartooth Highway (Highway 212), is a 65-mile route over the Beartooth Mountains with the Beartooth Pass at 10,947 feet, and is surrounded by the Gallatin, Shoshone, and Custer National Forests and sits in a million-plus acre wilderness. The Beartooth Mountains, east of Yellowstone Park, are part of the Yellowstone Ecosystem. This highway is renowned as one of the most scenic highways in America and offers visitors extraordinary views of a variety of ecosystems; a range from pristine alpine landscapes, lush forests, to grasslands sets the stage for over 400 plant species to grow, which is more flora than any other mountain range in North America.
The Beartooths are home to over 300 pristine lakes and waterfalls, some 300 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. Twenty of the surrounding mountain peaks tower above 12,000 feet; Granite Peak (the highest in Montana) stands at 12,799 feet. Much of the area is covered by glaciers with glacial rock spread across many of the surrounding plateaus. There are about 25 small glaciers that exist today in the Beartooths. The U-shaped valleys were once V-shaped before the massive glaciers slowly ripped through the rocks. The name of the mountain range comes from a rugged peak that has the shape of a bear’s tooth.
While the majority of the Beartooth Mountains are protected as wilderness, part of the range lies outside the wilderness boundary. This unprotected area provides an incredible trail system to hikers, horseback riders, and climbers. Because of the abundance of wildlife ranging from elk to grizzly bear, it is important to take all safety precautions when venturing into this area. It is an incredible area and is right in our back yard.
The Absoraka Mountains, Beartooth Mountains, Shoshone National Forest, and Bighorn Basin that surround Cody are prime locations for hunting this fall. This area is renowned for its variety of wildlife, including some of the area’s best big game hunting opportunities. In this picturesque area, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, bison, mule and whitetail deer, mountain goat, antelope, black bear, and even wolves can be scoped and targeted.
The area has an abundance of animals like whitetail and mule deer and pronghorn antelope; in fact, Wyoming has more antelope (specifically, the North American pronghorn) than anywhere on the continent. Mule deer are also the state’s most populous and sought-after deer. These graceful and agile deer can be found in the mountains or creek beds, so hunters have a variety of backdrops from which to choose when hunting mule deer.
However, the state has a limit for hunting animals like bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and bison. Receiving a bighorn sheep tag is comparable to winning the lottery; the odds in a random draw are typically less than 1 percent, and once a hunter receives this license, he or she must wait five years to re-apply. Similarly, drawing for a mountain goat tag requires a lot of luck, and hunting either of these animals requires a person to hike or climb in high elevations and often steep terrain. In order to hunt bison in Wyoming, hunters have to apply for placement on the bison priority list.
Mountain lions are also hunted from September through early spring, and the fall and spring seasons are also open for black bear hunting. For both of these animals, though, only one lion or bear can be “harvested” by a hunter during any calendar year.
Finally, upland and migratory game birds like the various grouse species (sage, ruffed, etc.), turkeys, pheasants, geese, and duck (just to name a few) can be hunted, as well.
Outfitters can provide expert advice for hunting in the area, and there are many outfitters in and around Cody. For a full list of hunting outfitters and guides, check out http://codychamber.chambermaster.com/list/Category/outfitters-guides-133.htm.
For more information about hunting regulations or to apply for a hunting license in Wyoming, go to http://gf.state.wy.us or call the Cody BLM Field office at (307) 578-5900.
Fall weather can cover a wide range. Mother Nature usually give us a warning of what is around the corner with a cold snap and then we are usually back to an Indian summer with temperature in the 50’s and 60’s. As the days get shorter, temperatures dropped as the sun goes behind the mountains. Sunsets are brilliant.
The Beartooth Highway usually closes by the first or second week in October. Closures in Yellowstone is weather dependent. Prior to the Beartooth Highway and the Park, we took one last drive through on 2 seperate days. Colors along the Beartooth Highway were brilliant. The elk in the Park were majestic.
Every year, weather permitting, we take our 6 wheeler back into the Clarks Fork Canyon on Christmas day. The massive granite walls tower above majestically reaching towards the blue sky. Clark, Wyoming The Clarks Fork River moves through partially frozen veins of ice.
In the realm of my everyday work, I see beautiful mountain views that change with the season. Last week, I was out showing properties on the Northfork Highway, which is the highway to Yellowstone. On the way, we passed a herd of elk grazing in a field.
A little further down the road, just past Wapiti, a herd of Big Horn Sheep was crossing the highway. And of course, there is always a buffalo or two. What a day! All in the day of selling real estate in Wyoming!
Driving around and showing real estate around Cody, Powell and Clark is always an adventure. Sunday I was driving out the Northfork, west of Cody, on the way to Yellowstone to show a home. I just had to pull over and admire the elk soaking up the sunshine.
While driving around Clark, Wyoming and showing properties, I drove back to the Clarks Fork Canyon where the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River flows into the valley. Off to the right, up the mountain side, we were greeted by some Big Horn Sheep.
A wonderful day’s work selling real estate in Wyoming and coming home to Clark.
KC and her owner bought a log home on a creek last summer. KC loves the creek, but had to get some boots for the work in the pasture. Wyoming Homes for Sale What a life!
Spring is slowly arriving here in Park County, Wyoming. The East Gate of Yellowstone Park is due to open May 3, 2013 on schedule. This was not the case one month ago when the Federal sequestration went into effect. This area depends on the economy that the Park generates for this area. Two weeks was vital to the economy here. The State offered equipment and man power to plow the East Gate, but could not pay for it. The Park service could not pay for it either because of the Federal sequester. So the Cody chamber started a campaign to raise $100,000 in two weeks to get the Park open on time on May 3. Donations came in from all over the County, some small and some larger, whatever could be afforded. The money was raised in a week. Plowing began on April 1. A “little town that could” showed that Federal, State and local communities can work together. Read more about this story at http://www.yellowstonegate.com/tag/plowing/.
A trail ride to follow the history of the Nez Perce flight of 1877 went through northern Wyoming July 21-26. The National Appaloosa Horse Club sponsors a 1300 mile ride from the Wallowa Valley of Oregon to the Bear Paw Mountains of Montana doing approximately 100 miles every year. Thirteen years ago I laid the ride out from Cooke City to Clark, Wyonming. I help with the ride again this year. There were 150 riders from all over the country and some from Europe. There were also Nez Perce on the ride. We started at Pilot Creek near Cooke City and ended on Friday at Line Creek in Clark near the Montana border. Horses on the ride were all Appaloosas, the horse that the Nez Perce bred and raised. In 1877, the Nez Perce fled the Wallowa Valley with 600-700 men, women and children and nearly 2000 horses. They were fleeing to find freedom. General Howard pursued them through Yellowstone and felt he had them trapped as he felt there was no way out. General Sturgis had been camped by the mouth of the Clarks Fork Canyon, but was told by scouts that it was impassable and he moved his camp to where he could watch the Shoshone drainage. The Nez Perce did make their legendary escape through the Clarks Fork Canyon and headed north. The Thursday ride followed the trail of the Nez Perce escape. It comes off a bench and desends 1000 feet in less than one half mile. To ride this trail is almost spiritual thinking of the 600 Nez Perce and their 2000 horses descending this perilous trail known by the locals as Slide Rock Trail. For more see the Powell Tribune, http://www.powelltribune.com/component/k2/item/11282-%E2%80%98something-spiritual
January 3, 2014 was moving date to our new office. Rita purchased an historic 1906 home in downtown Cody across from City Hall. Cook Moving and Storage was there bright and early and completed the move in 3 1/2 hours. The next day the staff and our good friend Jeanne unpacked. We are doing some remodel in the new part of the home to become ADA compliant. We are awaiting 3 new desks. Another couple weeks and we will be all settled and pictures hung! Our new address is 1327 Rumsey Avenue, Cody, Wyoming 82414. Stop by, the coffee is always on!
Yellowstone Park opened a week ago and by this past weekend, all gates were open. We drove up the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway this past Sunday through Cooke City and into Lamar Valley in Yellowstone.
Through winter as I look up to the mountains, one of the most anticipated weekends that I look forward to is Memorial Weekend when the Beartooth Highway opens up. This year the snow was phenomenal. It was literally like driving through tunnels. Some were as high as 30 feet. Yellowstone Park service is responsible for plowing Highway 212 from the Northeast entrance to the Wyoming/Montana line. Montana plows the from there down the switchbacks. As you can see, there is some big heavy duty equipment used. We came down the switchbacks to Red Lodge, 78 degrees, green grass and wildflowers. I am so fortunate to live in this country of such great contrast and beauty.
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 thought she would be safe.
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:
Wyoming is rated as the 5th 'Happiest' state in the United States.
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 forkids 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.
The East Gate of Yellowstone opened May 5 and the NE Gate opened May 12. This past Sunday we took a drive through the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway, 15 miles north of Cody, and then through Cooke City to Silver Gate and the NE entrance. Our first stop was a picnic lunch along the Soda Butte Creek. Then on through Lamar Valley to Tower Junction and then to Mammoth. The day showed us so many sights and animals. A day in the Park is a always a day to remember.
The Indian Paintbrush was designated the Wyoming State flower in 1917. It is also called Prairie Fire. These pictures were taken along Highway 120 north of Cody on my way to work. The Absaroka and Beartooth Mountain ranges are in the background. A stunning display of color.
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!