Population 1


| 7/25/2008 5:15:38 PM


Tags: travel,

Our campsiteFor the Fourth, we went to Buford, Wyoming: Population 1 (it said that right on the sign). We were at a little campground that's up just a little ways from I-80 between Laramie and Cheyenne. Our elevation was somewhere around 8,000 feet, and I was struck by the difference in the flora.

When I came to Kansas to interview (in September, after the heat had passed), I couldn’t believe how green everything was. I must’ve said it to 20 people when I got back, “It’s just so green there!” It made such an impression because you don’t really notice how not green it is in the West (I lived in Loveland, Colorado). One of the things that continually amazed me was how dry everything was. I know people always talk about the humidity differences between here and there, but it’s not like the eastern slope is a desert, right? Well, actually it is, especially during the drought times.

 

Alpine desert flowers plusThis year has been a wet year for them, though. Wyoming on the Fourth was certainly greener than usual. It actually felt hot and sticky at least one afternoon. We go back to that campground every year, and I saw flowers I hadn’t seen up there before.  These flowers (on the right) are mostly alpine desert, but with a few that I might find in my backyard thrown in.

 

 

jennifer nemec
8/18/2008 10:27:21 AM

Hi Maud~ Glad to hear that your reunion was better than anticipated. I think that I already missed mine this year (maybe I'll make 25). Congratulations on finding that solace and connection. I get caught by what I call scent-traps all the time. Smells that are attached to people or times in my life. They can be quite surprizing when they come at moments you aren't expecting. Walking down the street and meeting someone wearing a fragrance that takes me back to a moment basking in flower in my grandmother's backyard or walking into a gymnasium and having flashbacks of serving popcorn and pop to make money for the yearbook. Thanks for stopping by! Jenn


maud
8/17/2008 1:05:26 AM

Hi, Jenn~ I go to New Mexico to recharge. October in Albuquerque, especially, with balloons in the sky and the smell of chili roasting everywhere. I went to my high school reunion a couple of weeks ago, which wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. While there in Gallup, NM, a memory came. Smells trigger powerful memories, and of all the things I remember from Gallup, all of the angst, the bad things that happened, the despair, the fear, were all overpowered by the simplest feeling of home, solace, connection. The smell of sage and pinon that hot summer day healed some old hurts in my soul. Wyoming has some of that home smell in the butterscotch ponderosa pines and high desert flowers. Colorado does, too. Maud


maud
8/17/2008 1:05:08 AM

Hi, Jenn~ I go to New Mexico to recharge. October in Albuquerque, especially, with balloons in the sky and the smell of chili roasting everywhere. I went to my high school reunion a couple of weeks ago, which wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. While there in Gallup, NM, a memory came. Smells trigger powerful memories, and of all the things I remember from Gallup, all of the angst, the bad things that happened, the despair, the fear, were all overpowered by the simplest feeling of home, solace, connection. The smell of sage and pinon that hot summer day healed some old hurts in my soul. Wyoming has some of that home smell in the butterscotch ponderosa pines and high desert flowers. Colorado does, too. Maud


jennifer nemec
8/1/2008 11:42:01 AM

Hi Lacy, When I was in college, I lived in a town with more than a few stoplights for the first time. It took the entire summer to get used to waiting at those things! (Now, it's an accepted part of life, but boy did they rankle me at first.) I remember one night when I just suddenly *needed* to be away from the streetlights. Luckily, I was old enough that I could just get in my truck, pick a direction, and drive until I could see enough stars to make me happy again. I now plan the open road into my life at least once a month. Thanks for responding, Lacy! Jenn


razor family farms
8/1/2008 4:41:29 AM

Hi Jenn! I love this post because I can relate to living in a place that doesn't quite fit the bill for recharging the spirit. We lived outside of Seattle, WA for a year and some change when we first married. Having grown up in rural Virginia, I missed being able to take a short drive and find a road where the acreage outnumbered the houses and barns, perhaps a road that turned into rain-washed gravel ruts which bordered the national forest. If we have a soul that craves that space -- we must carve out time in our busy lives to do just as you have done: go camp in a place that answers our need for distance from all things man made. Excellent entry! Blessings! Lacy RazorFamilyFarms.com


jennifer nemec
7/30/2008 2:15:05 PM

Hi Lisa! I would agree that part of Wyoming's charm is the wide open and empty spaces -- though you can find a little bit of that peace everywhere if you know where to look. Sounds like you have a wonderful home. A blanket, a book, and some shade can make for perfect relaxation. I checked out your Web site, and I loved your "staycation" idea -- http://onthefox.blogspot.com/2008/07/staycation.html -- my backyard is much smaller than yours, though! Thanks for responding! Jenn


lisa_1
7/29/2008 3:41:54 PM

Thanks for sharing your experience with Buford, Wyoming: Population 1! I am adding it to my list of places to go! I have never been to Wyoming...but I have a feeling that much of it is lacking population. That's alright to me, I'm a rural girl at heart! To address your question about where I go to recharge, where is "home" to me? Honestly, I'd have to say that "home" is...well...home! My husband and I are blessed to have a beautiful property with riverfrontage. When I want to recharge in summertime, I simply take a blanket and a good book down by the river, lay down in the shade and unwind. We live in Wisconsin, so winter proposes a need to a different "recharge" location...I'm still on the search! -Lisa, Wisconsin onthefox.blogspot.com





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