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







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