Cow and friends and I have been going up and down the highways and byways. Our latest adventures included a gig with over 500 4th and 5th graders here in my hometown of Laramie, Wyoming. Cow and friends actually stayed in the car, while I presented a bit of military history at the Wyoming Territorial Prison. It was the kickoff of Laramie's 150th anniversary. Wave after wave of children came through the Fort Life station. Mel Glover portrayed my soldier partner. He is the Superintendent of the Wyoming Pioneer Museum in Douglas, Wyoming, and is also the Superintendent of the Fort Fetterman Historical Site near Douglas. He wowed the children with his sword and pistol, while I made an impression with laundry and knitting.
A young lady came through first with her school group, and then came back later with her family. She was totally enamored with my knitting. I put the needles in her hands and showed her what to do. She managed to drop a few stitches, but picked up the general idea. I hope she asked someone to take her to the store to buy some needles and yarn, so she can continue her newfound hobby.
We went down the road to Casper, Wyoming. I gave my laundress presentation to the Casper Posse of Westerners. That invitation came from Doug Cubbison, who is the curator at the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum in Casper. Before the presentation that evening I was treated to an excellent meal at HQ BBQ in Evansville, Wyoming. I didn't have the macaroni and cheese, but apparently this is one of their specialties and is supposed to be very good. I had the brisket and it was amazing. This restaurant is located in an old, remodeled gas station. What a great use of a property. On the way home, we stopped at the building made completely of dinosaur bones, at Como Bluffs, Wyoming. If you want to read some fascinating history, Google Como Bluffs, or Dinosaur Bone Wars. This article sums it up. https://www.thoughtco.com/the-bone-wars-1092038 (It looks like this link isn't working. Copy it, Ctrl C, and paste it, Ctrl V in your search bar.)
This place is a Ripley's Believe It or Not oddity.
Finally, we traveled to Evanston, Wyoming. I spoke to a very engaged crowd at the Uinta County Museum Brown Bag Luncheon. What a fun group of people. Someone did video my presentation. My understanding is that it will be posted on the Uinta County Museum Facebook page. I haven't checked it out yet.
Cow and friends did a little exploring at the Bear River Greenway. This is a jumping off point for bike/walking paths that meander around at the edge of the river, and eventually lead to the Bear River State Park. Mama goose was busy leading her goslings across the pond when we were relaxing at water's edge.
The ponds at the Bear River Greenway were a great place to relax before my presentation.
Then we were off to Fort Bridger, Wyoming. I had a good visit with Chris Floyd, the Superintendent of that historical site. They have some great ideas and plans. I will be traveling back there later this summer to advise them on starting a laundress educational program.
We rolled down the highway, and drove through miles and miles of cone zones. Much of the four lane highway was down to two lanes, as WYDOT was starting road construction season. Fortunately, I had Ian Tyson, Chris LeDoux, Jimmy Buffett, and Elvis to make the time go by. We took heed of the seatbelt signs. Cow and friends agreed that seat belts save lives, and were buckled up too.
We're home now for a few weeks anyway. It is time to focus on riding, writing and relaxing.
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Jennie Lawrence is the author of Soap Suds Row - The Bold Lives of Army Laundresses 1802 -1876. She also writes a regular column for African Violet Magazine, and has done freelance work. She has started to dabble in children's literature as well.