Greetings and Happy New Year,
Hope you all had a relaxing holiday season and have a wonderful new year!
Susan and I are looking forward to some return to normalcy in 2015. Though Susan may continue working for the Wyoming Community Foundation for another year, or so, I’m looking forward to becoming retired again this summer. (Our big travel adventure in 2015 will be to Vietnam and Cambodia in November.) But, I did want to share a collage capturing photos from my most memorable adventure in 2014. In the last post I shared some photos from a trip to Churchill, Canada with Ed (photographing the Polar bears was an experience of a lifetime) but this trip occurred in the midst of another adventure begun September 16 and concluded December 11th. During this period 3-4 day road trips to specific parts of Wyoming were scheduled, the purpose being to gradually visit schools, teachers, superintendents and folks interested in the College of Education in all 23 counties. Every other week I traveled the state (nearly 5,000 miles) and over seventy schools were visited. (The UW College of Education website as links to material regarding the tour: http://www.uwyo.edu/education/). In the collage below, I’ve tried to capture the experience of traveling across Wyoming. As many of you know, the state has an abundance of natural beauty (major rivers and mountains, grassy plains and stark deserts, wildlife and the ever-present pronghorn) as well as a rich cultural history: the Plains Indian tribes whose ancestors traveled the land for generations; the mountain men who traversed the landscape in search of adventure, livelihood, and solitude; the early pioneers who crossed the land with visions of new homelands further west; the repeated presence of miners in search of the rich bounty land can provide; the laying of railroad tracks connecting the Eastern United States with the West; cattle men, sheep herders, the settlement of homesteaders, and the growth of communities. Truly fascinating; a constant traveling companion is Cindy Moulton’s Roadside History of Wyoming; I generally never pass up a pull out where a roadside display is provided.