Wyoming 2.0

Kirwin Ghost Town near Meeteetse, Wyoming.

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The kids took us hiking at an old deserted mining town.  It was last a booming little mining town in 1906.  I watch “Poldark” on PBS, so I was a little familiar with the mining towers.  (It’s a good show to binge watch by the way.)

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Trevor told us that a paranormal group came out and did a documentary on the ghost activity around here.   Happy to say, we did not run into any ghosts.

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Len, Trevor and Henry in front of a boiler in one of the mining towers.

Boiler and mining tower.  This is how they hauled gold up out of the mountains.  The town fell because they did not have a nearby railroad to transport goods.

I didn’t take a picture of the outhouse but it was interesting.  It was an outhouse, but one for several people at one time, like at a modern day public restroom with multiple stalls.  With all the wildlife around, I’m sure you had a potty buddy for safety reasons.

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Trevor and Henry taking a hike.  It was a beautiful day.

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Henry during one of our walks.  This is the corn field on the other side of the road from the pasture full of cows.

Bailey rescued this sweet little black kitten and it LOVES Henry!  They are so cute together.    Henry pulls at it’s ears and tries to eat the kitty and the kitty just purrs and rubs itself all over Henry.

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Henry and his dog Lucchese.  Bailey upgraded her Jeep to a family version (4 door).

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Len, Bailey, and Henry.  Check out Henry’s cardigan!  I know!  It’s so cute!  I can’t wait to show you!  I’ve had it done for a while, but I wanted to wait until Henry could wear it for pictures to show you.

On our way home, we stayed overnight in Colorado Springs, CO.  We were eating at a Mexican restaurant on the patio, and these critters showed up.

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This little guy got a little too close for my comfort.  He got right up under our table.  I was taking a picture with my phone and I guess he thought I was giving him food.  He got as close as his paws on the chair next to mine under the table.  He stared at me eye to eye and for a second, I thought he might go rabid and get me.  Just as a little fear hit me, he (or she) backed off and went on with their walk.

I found one of them up in a tree on our way out.

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I have lots more to share, but I don’t want to overwhelm you.  I will show and tell Luke and Henry’s cardigans next time.

Happy Fall Y’all

Tammy

 

Wyoming

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How about a little trip to Wyoming today?  We are visiting our daughter, Bailey, Trevor, and Henry in Wyoming.  We are in a pocket of paradise here.  We’re in a small farming town, the closest metro being 2 1/2 hours away.  We’re enjoying the heck out of Henry.  Len also likes to help Bailey with projects around the house, so were doing some of that too.

I’ve been taking Henry for walks down this little country dirt road behind a corn field.  One side is solid corn and the other is a field full of cows.  I’m sure nobody ever walks down this road!  I’ve seen the cows for 4 walks now.  They lift their heads, stare at us, moo a little bit, and that’s our walk.  Yesterday, I guess the cows got curious enough that they all came running over to see us.

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Imagine a huge herd of cows running over to you.  They have a little hot wire fence so the cows don’t stray.  I was so worried the cows were going to try and get through the hot wire to get to us, and they were all going to get shocked.  I guess they are familiar already with the fence as they stopped right at it.

 

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Look how cute they are!  They were all squeezing in to get a good look at us.

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These momma’s and their kids were checking out this grandma and her grandkid.  It was pretty neat.  I’m a city girl remember.  This is a real treat for me.

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Miss 423 here posing for her picture.

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They have all kinds of water collected from the snow coming from the mountains.  It’s beautiful fertile ground here.

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We stopped at The Big Texan on our way to Wyoming.  It’s in Amarillo, Texas.  Have you seen the movie, “The Guilt Trip” with Seth Rogan and Barbara Streisand?  It’s about a road trip with a son and his mother.  They have a scene where they stop at The Big Texan and Barbara Streisand’s character eats a free 72 oz steak dinner.  This is the place.  The staff wear cowboy hats and there is a singing cowboy that goes around and sings to your table.  I had a wonderful prime rib lunch for $14.00.   This will be our stopping place from now one.

 

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Happy Knitting friends.

I have road trip project I’m working on.  I’ll show you soon.  It’s a shawl.

Tammy

Wool Market at Estes Park, CO

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We’ve arrived at our destination!  I’ve been to several spots in Colorado and I do believe Estes Park is the prettiest place in Colorado.  I thought Breckenridge was impressive (which it is impressive!).  The little town was packed and in full festive spirit.  We arrived to some Elk hanging out at our hotel.

 

This fellow was not in the mood to pose.  He was busy eating.  I’ve never seen Elk so close.  It was wonderful!

We had just driven from Taos and happy to be here at Estes Park.

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Leonard and Tammy in Estes Park, CO

We were thrilled to see all the yarn bombing on the trees in the downtown area!  It was charming!

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The Wool Festival at Estes Park, CO.  

The next day was our day to go to the Wool Market.  The inner child that I am, had to get out and play in the yarn bombed trees on the way to the market, again!

I was thrilled to see my friend from Apothefaery Fabrications!  I wrote my first blog article about her.  I met her in Sapulpa, Oklahoma at a Christmas in July  fiber festival.  I loved her yarn.  Lucky for you she has her own Etsy shop: Apothefaery. I don’t even know her name!  She is based out of Arkansas and has a wonderful selection of yarn.  I noticed this year she has added a lot of mohair to her line.  She is so kind.  She was super busy and still took the time to take a quick photo with me.

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Me and Apoethefaery at the Wool Market at Estes Park, CO

Here’s a picture of her with Jourdyn almost one year ago!

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She is so whimsical and charming.  You will love her yarn!  Do yourself a favor and check out her Etsy Store.  She has all kinds of stuff!  My top 3 favorites for fine fingering yarns are Hedgehog Fibers, Barnyard Knits, and Apothefaery Fibers.

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Here’s a picture of Max showing off the yarns I purchased from Apothefaery.  Isn’t he handsome!  He is actually recovering from a gun shot wound on his back!  Well, a B.B. wound!  It’s still a bullet that was shot out of a gun! Talk about Thug-life Kitty!

My next purchase was an adorable kit for fingerless gloves.  This picture does not do them any justice!  They are so warm and cute.

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This is Linda Hellberg George

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Isn’t she pretty.  I love her top.  Look at what a sport she is to take a picture for me.  I just love fiber people.   They are all so nice!    I like that her projects were in kits and I didn’t have to hunt for yarn.  It was all there.

Another purchase I couldn’t resist was this big beautiful ball of gradient yarn.  It has a little sparkle to it.

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Max missed me.   He tolerated all these yarn pictures for me.  LOVE.

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This is Lisa Bass of White Birch Fiber Arts.  She can be found at her Etsy shop White Birch Fiber Arts.   It’s my first time to purchase from her, and I love what I got!

My final purchase was this beautiful piece of art!AC565F18-B24F-4FD5-ABDD-5F378BE6E5DB

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My colors for the Brahmin Moth Shawl

I picked up a prepackaged kit and was able to change out one of the colors.  Kathleen was friendly and helpful.  She did a great job of helping me find exactly what I wanted.  You can find her at Mode Knit Yarn

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Last but not least are the animals.  I would love to have a pack of Alpacas one day.  Maybe.   Someday.

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Seriously.  Have you ever seen anything cuter?  Look at those eyes!

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Love this guys toothy grin!

Quilters!  If any of you are still with me, look at this cute outfit!  I have no idea who this woman is but she was generous enough to let me take a picture of her cute outfit.  There was a booth here that had smocks and aprons like this made out of quilts.  I wanted to take a picture of an apron so my mother might make one for me, but I didn’t want to steal someone’s idea either.  This lady was on the other side of the building.  I happened to be walking with her when she discovered the booth full of outfits like the one she was wearing.  Neither woman knew each other.  It was fun to witness.  It was like two soul sisters meeting for the first time.  Cute.

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I was glad to be home.  I had Luke waiting for me.  Bliss…

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Yarn Stores in Taos, NM

In years past, we’ve used the app Stash2Go from Ravelry to find local yarn shops while on a road trip.  It makes for some surprising little side adventures on our trips.  This year, we came across the yarn stores during our explorations of the town.  Our first stop was at Vortex Yarns in Taos, New Mexico.

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Vortex Yarns

They had this cute clothes line stretched out in front of the store with various handmade fiber items.  My husband, Len, found it right off!  Great idea!  It’s such a surprising treat for me when we come across a yarn store!  It’s like finding a hidden gem in a video game. (Yes, I’m a Zelda fan from playing video games with my kids when they were little. #90’s)

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The shop is close to downtown and all the shops.  It was beautiful weather.  Hot in Oklahoma is so different from “hot” elsewhere.  I thinks it’s due to our humidity.  You step outside in Oklahoma on a 90 something degree hot day and you start sweating immediately.  The heat can almost be suffocating here.   It was 90 something degrees in Taos and still comfortable.

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Having a blog and sharing your life on the internet can be intimidating.  Blogging has pushed me to come out of my shell and challenge the shy parts of me to quit being so shy!  Walking up to strangers and asking to share a piece of them for myself is hard.  I’ve really had to work on “getting over my self.”  These ladies were so nice and friendly!  I was comfortable the moment I walked in to the store.

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Max  and my stash from Vortex Yarns

Here is my “treasure” from Vortex Yarns.  I plan on making the The Aspyn by Melissa Schaschwary.  I’ve been eyeing those faux fur pom-poms for a while now.  Love the colors and the different textures.

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After stopping at the rock store to see what gems we could find for our grandkids, we came across this surprise!  Mooncat Fiber!  Another yarn store.

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What a charming place to find a yarn store.  Now, I had been here before.  It was very familiar to me as I entered the courtyard.  A few years ago, on another road trip, we were following the app Stash2go, and were led here.  Isn’t that cool?!  See why following the app and exploring the local yarn shops is fun.  Look what gems you find.

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They had a beautiful sample of colorful shawls and handmade knits.  It’s just screaming come over here and touch me!

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This is a charming shop with good range of local and regional yarns.  Everything was beautiful.

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Cathy Book, owner. http://www.mooncatfiber.com

Cathy was very warm and welcoming too.  I know she’s getting to look forward to a visit to Rhinebeck, NY this year!   I’m a bit jealous.

I had such fun.  It’s really nice to visit with other people that enjoy yarn and the fiber arts as much as I do.  Look how happy we all look.  I want to thank these beautiful women for giving me and my blog the time of day.  You made for a fun day in Taos, NM.

Happy Knitting,

Tammy

Earthship in Taos, NM – Oddhouse

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My husband, Len, has always been interested in self reliance and making homes self sustainable and off the grid.  We stopped and looked at these “Earthships” one time during a vacation in Taos, NM.  He seemed really impressed by it so I found a few for rent on Airbnb.  This one is called the Oddhouse

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This is what greets you as you drive up and pull into the driveway. The green domes, in the upper right, have open windows for fresh air and a breeze.  You walk down the stairs and are greeted by the front door.

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It’s unusual, artsy, whimsical, and charming.  It felt like we were staying in a real Hobbit house!

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When you walk inside, you are treated by an atrium and the kitchen.  The atrium has this beautiful tree along with flowers and lavender.  It’s beautiful.

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Below is the living room.

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Here is a video of a run through the place if you’re interested.  I’m an amateur videographer!  Next time, I will remember to go slower!  Hopefully, you won’t get vertigo!

 

Len and I are both glad we stayed here.  We can say we’ve stayed in an underground home.  We had a few crickets in the house and outside the house.  There is no air conditioning.  You can’t use a hair dryer, curling iron, or electric coffee maker because it may use up all the battery life.   The open shower (shown in the video) is interesting.  You are standing butt naked in front of a window with no shower curtain as the place is made of concrete and the water won’t damage the floors/walls.   One morning, we walked out onto the patio, me in my nightgown and Len naked, and someone waved at us looking for his dogs.  Len got busted naked!  It looks like a barren desert, but, it’s not.  It’s a community of Earthships.  Your neighbors are far away but you still have neighbors out walking their dogs and such.  So learn from our mistake if you venture out there!

I felt like we were camping luxuriously.  The outdoors actually indoors with you.  It was hot.  We both slept nearly naked on top of the covers to try and cool off.  There was a fan there to help.   Reminded me of camping when I was a kid.  The crickets sang all night long.  We left the front and back doors open to catch a breeze through the house (which he learned to do from reading the various earthship books throughout the house).

I’m glad we visited here.  I recommend it.  We stayed 2 nights.

Next, I’ll tell you about the yarn stores in Taos!

Tammy