Views from the road, in Montana and in Wyoming. So much wide open space and such grand mountains, impossible to fully capture with my camera and limited skills.
Chris' booth at the Style West Show in Cody, Wyoming. These chairs are his latest, made from concrete, reclaimed barnwood, reclaimed metal, rebar, and leather &/or cowhide. They're loosely inspired by a pair vintage Danish chairs that we live with in our house, given to us by a Danish friend of my mother who used to work for Scan Design in Seattle.
While Chris was at his booth during the day, I was left with plenty of time for exploring Cody, finding the thrift stores, yarn store, quilt shop, library book sale, and farmer's market. One day I drove up towards Yellowstone just to get out of town and sit by the Shoshone river in the sunshine. Pretty, peaceful, bright, sunny, dry, warm, relaxing!
Flora and fauna along the highway and even right in town, and of course, since I was a little paranoid about encountering a rattlesnake, I came across the garter snake just seconds after I'd removed my boots to dip my toes in the river. Gave me a little start, as you might imagine. ;0}
After waiting all week for a less-than-gorgeous day to drive me indoors and not getting one, on our last day it was time to spend a few hours inside the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. I'd heard great things about this museum and still was pleasantly surprised. So much to see, learn, and take in there, if you ever go, don't short change yourself on time. I knew little to nothing about the likes of Buffalo Bill Cody and Annie Oakley before going there, the Plains Indian section of the museum was extraordinary, and the Natural History section is both kid & adult oriented.
I even had my first blind blogger meet-up on there with Vickery of Girl Meets Purl, who was kind enought to come find me at the BBHC and show me some of her favorite parts of the museum, the beadwork moccasins, in particular, and clothing which, of course, were some of my favorites as well (you know me and footwear). I'm afraid I was pretty worn out, though, by the time we actually got together for coffee and a little knitting time at the end of our week in Cody.
Although it was great to have a (albeit working) vacation together with C, we easily could have brought the boys along. Cody was such a friendly town with so much that I could have done together with them including the museum, hiking in the nearby mountains, exploring in Yellowstone, and more while C was working. That said, we had a nice time and met so many great people from all over, it was rather nice to go it alone, just the two of us.
And we even encountered a side to Wyoming you might not expect to find there:
This trip has left us aching for a "local" road trip with the boys within the state and surrounding areas. There's just so much to see and experience closer to home. Maybe next summer or fall. For now, time to stay home for awhile (maybe).