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    Hot Springs in Thermopolis, Wyoming

    Thermopolis, Wyoming is named for the mineral hot springs that bubble up out of the earth’s crust and into the pools at the edge of town. The hill overlooking the springs proudly proclaims the location of the “World’s Largest Mineral Hot Spring,” with bright white arrows pointing to it. I spent my childhood in Worland, a half hour drive from Thermopolis, so Hot Springs State Park was the site of many a day trip in the summer. My mom would take my sister and I on picnics at the park next to the springs and for walks on the boardwalk around the mineral terraces, while my dad would take us…

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    4th of July Parade in Cody, Wyoming

    Cody is a frequent summer stop for tourists from all over the world on their way to Yellowstone. As a matter of fact, William “Buffalo Bill” Cody foresaw the impending traffic and that was one of the reasons he founded the town in 1895. The quaint town is nestled at the base of Hart Mountain in the Big Horn Mountain Range and boasts a population of just under 10,000. The center of town is occupied by shops, and the residential areas are neat and well-maintained with rural farmland surrounding the main part of town. Travelers to Cody can eat or stay at the Irma Hotel founded by Buffalo Bill; take a…

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    Wandering Deer in Cody, Wyoming

    While in Cody, Wyoming to view the 4th of July Parade last Saturday, we were stuck in traffic and my mom’s car was involved in a little fender bender downtown. We called the police and waited on the sidewalk for the officer to arrive and fill out the paperwork. During the half hour it took for the drivers and officer to record the details of the incident, I spotted this little lady standing right next to us on the lawn of a bed and breakfast establishment. Cody is notorious for its tame deer that come right into people’s yards. I’m not sure why they are so brave in Cody. Maybe they…

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    Hiking South of Laramie

    On Saturday, some friends and I went hiking South of Laramie with our dogs. The weather was beautiful, and we slathered on sunscreen and bug spray. The mosquitoes were swarming, but we somehow managed to keep from getting nibbled on for a couple of hours. That was lucky for me, because I am allergic to mosquitoes: each of the bites swells up several inches in diameter on my skin, causing an itchy welt that lasts about a week. During our trek, we wandered along these gorgeous red rock formations settled in the hills. They were alive with spring growth–plants, blossoms, and insects. I believe they are made of a type of…

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    Hiking In Sybille Canyon

    Does it count as hiking if you’re only moseying around some pretty Wyoming foothills? I’m gonna go ahead and say yes, it does if you do it for four hours. Last Saturday, I took the dogs out for a little day trip about a half hour out of town. I’ve only been hiking a couple of times, and I always encounter something new and exciting. About midday we rested near a tall rock outcrop, and saw this in the base of the stones: It’s a pack rat midden. They pile up dead wood, twigs, sometimes even long-forgotten arrow shafts. Close up, it looks like coarse sand mixed with fine silver hairs: cactus…