Sunday, August 13, 2017

Douglas-Hart Nature Center

August 11, 2017

Another perfect walking day. The late summer flowers are in bloom. They look nice next to the windmill.

We came upon this buffalo and her calf. 

Gus went ballistic, barking his mean bark and trying to herd the critters away from his food people. His hair was standing up. Once Gus decided they were properly terrorized, he calmed down.

These flowers were plentiful.

This is the walkway to see the marshland, but the marshland was mostly dry land. We sure could use some rain.

I hope next time there will be some water fowl.


I have a hummingbird feeder every year. I do love watching them. I've learned they like my homemade concoction better than the kind i used to buy in the store. The recipe is 4 parts water and 1 part sugar. 

This little guy looked like he had a rough night.

This was the first time I've seen all 4 petals occupied.

I think there is about to be a fight.

My feeder is getting old and losing its color. Probably time for a replacement.

Sam Parr State Park

August 9, 2017

Another nice day to be outside. I am responsible for Granddaughter L's senior pictures, so wanted to go see if the sunflower fields at Sam Parr would be a good place to get some pictures.

Sadly, the sunflower petals were already ragged.  These looked pretty good, but the rest were not acceptable.

They were all facing away from me. Looked pretty good from this angle.

As we were leaving, we stopped to take pictures of the longhorn cattle resting in the shade across the road.

Cute calf.

Lincoln Log Cabin Historical Site

August 8, 2017

Since we had a cooler than usual day, we decided to give Gus a treat and take him for a walk. We like to go to Lincoln Log Cabin. It's a nice walk and there are flowers and animals to distract our minds from remembering we are exercising.  Gus was ready to go.

When we started down the path, the sheep were out running loose. When they saw Gus, they hastened to return to the safety of the barn. Little did they know Gus was afraid of them.

He was afraid of the pigs, too. Still he managed to bark his mean bark...

...and chase the pig away.

I don't know why Gus didn't like him. He was a cute pig.

The Rose of Sharon bushes were in full bloom.

I think this is a Curry plant. If not, please correct me.

Yellow flower, yellow butterfly.

We took the scenic route back home. On the way we decided to see where a gravel road went. It ended up being a dead end at someone's farm, but along the way we were entertained by this sight. A pair of running shoes on the electrical wire.

An odd place to store shoes, don't you think?

I liked the barn, too.


The last week in July, daughter and all of her family but one went on a train trip to Montana. Granddaughter L had band camp and couldn't go. She is 17, so there wasn't much baby about it, but we stayed to keep her company in a quiet house. 

Friday night was family night which included a pot luck dinner and a preview of the band's 2017 program. Below is the food line. Fortunately, we were early. When I took this picture, we were already finished eating.

The band members picked a family member to teach them how to march. I was the loser, I mean winner. I always knew the kids worked hard, but now I have a whole new respect for these dedicated band members. 

At the end of band camp, this was the last order of business. A group hug. Impressive.

I enjoyed spending time with L. She is a keeper!

The Band

July 9, 2017

Granddaughter L is a multi-talented girl. Not only is she smart and beautiful, she is also talented. She plays several musical instruments, but this particular gig requires her clarinet abilities.

It was a beautiful night in a beautiful setting.  Enjoyed the program.

There was a pond behind the bandstand. This picture was taken after the concert was over.

It was a fun trip, but sure will be nice to get  home.

Saturday, August 12, 2017


July 7, 2017

On our last evening in Sundance, we stopped by the Harley shop for t-shirts and had dinner at the Longhorn Saloon & Grill. After dinner we took a walk to say hello to The Sundance Kid...

...and stop by the courthouse where we were married.

I took a picture of higbee's where we had lunch after our wedding.

Time to go back to daughter's house to see granddaughter L play the clarinet in their local park district band. Can't miss that!

Longmire Days

July 7, 2017

Back to Buffalo, WY for Longmire Days. We didn't get to see any of the celebrities, but we got to do a lot of people watching. It was fun and would love to go again. This was a spur of the moment visit, so we were not able to get tickets to any of the events. Next time we will plan ahead.

Liked the flowers in front of this building.

Back to Sundance.

Little Big Horn Battlefield

July 6, 2017

The Big Horn Mountains had snow.

Made it to Montana.

Had to stop and take a picture of this sign. 

Little Big Horn.

I found this quote moving.

I'm glad the horses were remembered.

It was very hot and crowded, so we didn't see as much as we would have liked. Maybe next trip.

Buffalo, WY

July 6, 2017

On the road to Little Big Horn Battlefield today. We made a stop in Buffalo, WY. Longmire days start on July 7, 2017. The banner was up.

We took a walk to stretch our legs. We admired the murals.

 Stopped at the Longmire Headquarters to get a t-shirt.

We didn't have time to stop in for a beverage.

Time to get back on the road. Next stop, Little Big Horn.

Devil's Tower

July 5, 2017

An impressive rock!

There are climbers on their way up. See if you can see them in the picture below. 

Here is a little closer shot.

There they are! Note one is barefoot. The temperature was in the 90s that day.

I am terrified of heights. I don't understand why people think this is fun. Two weeks before our visit, a seasoned climber fell to his death. People climb Devil's Tower all the time and that was the first death in 16 years. Good odds, I suppose.