Why Wyoming?

by Steve Logan



Why Wyoming? Indeed you might ask.


Why would you live where the temperature can


change 30 degrees in 2 hours?


Where the next town is 100 miles away?


Where the wind might blow occasionally?


Where it snows horizontally a couple of times a year?


Well, here are some things to try and then ask me again.


Take a ride over the Snowy Range on a fall day, then continue past


Encampment, through Savory, and on into Baggs.


Sit in a teepee near Moose on a clear summer morning,


while having breakfast as the sun rises and first hits the Tetons.




Take a motorcycle ride through the Sunlight Basin,


then watch as Old Faithful blows its top.


Sit at the base of Devils Tower and wonder at the


myths and legends that it has inspired.



Paddle a canoe to the Upper Green River Lake and contemplate


the reflection of Square Top in the pristine waters.


On a cold clear winter evening, watch the setting sun


turn the snow on the Wind River Mountains a rosy pink.




Walk though an aspen grove on a fall day as the leaves start to blanket the ground,


and have a 6 or 7 point bull elk bugle about 100 yards in front of you.


Fly fish on the North Platte, the upper Green River, or the mighty Snake.


Tie into a 35 pound lake trout on Flaming Gorge Lake.


Watch the sunset over Firehole basin and wonder at


the colors that cannot be captured by film or on canvas.


Listen to the drumming of a sage grouse as it struts


on a sage scented spring morning.





Enjoy the view from atop Aspen Mountain, where on a clear day


you can see the Uinta Mountains 80 miles to the south,


the Wind River Mountains 100 miles to the north,


the Wyoming range 90 miles west, and the Medicine Bows 100 miles east.


Attend the rodeo in Cheyenne, then watch as


Willie Nelson sings "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" IN THE RAIN.


Sit in the stands in Laramie on a crisp Autumn day


as a last minute field goal wins the game.




Stalk a 26 inch mule deer though the junipers.


Observe as a wild colt first suckles on the Red Desert.


Drive a herd of cattle down from the high meadows,


or wonder at the endless panorama of the grasslands


Spend a night sleeping out in the pines with only the stars as a blanket.


Swear that you can reach up and stir the Milky Way with your hand.


Walk around Jenny Lake with a stop at Hidden Falls.


Ride an inner tube through the Wind River Canyon.





Have a milk shake in Shoshoni or an ice cream cone in Farson.


Feed the fish in Sinks Canyon, where the Popo Agie rises.


Go climb a rock at Vedauwoo or spend a day at the Buffalo


Bill Historical Center in Cody. (PS. A day might not be enough)


Visit South Pass City for a look at our past or check out the ruts


on the Oregon Trail and wonder about the multitudes that traveled that way.


Solve the mystery of the Medicine Wheel in the Big Horns.


Interpret the writings of the ancient peoples at any of the many sites.





Watch a moose feed on the willows near a beaver dam


or a herd of pronghorns race over the wide open spaces.


See the eagle spread its wings and soar, framed by


snow capped mountains far in the distance.


Take the tram at Jackson Hole to the top, then ski to the bottom non-stop.


Ride a four wheeler through the Killpecker Sand Dunes.


Spend a day in the south country and never see another person.


Have a complete stranger stop and help you change a flat tire.




Have an Old Timer tell you how it was even better when he was a kid.


Share most of these things with your kids or grandkids.


After you have done some of these things, if I still have to explain,




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