Having very recently unpacked my suitcase on my return from the States, there is only one W that is on my mind, and that is …… WYOMING.
So, welcome to a few glimpses of Wyoming, known as the Equality State because it gave rights to women way ahead of the other states, and ahead of most places in the world (1st woman governor, 1st women jurors, 1st State Senator, and so on). Wyoming is the second least densely populated state in the USA (Alaska is the least densely populated), and it is, of course, at the heart of The Wild West.
It was a fantastic research trip/holiday. I shall always remember the dramatic scenery I saw, the delightful people I met and the great excitement of discovering the elusive answers to questions that had been plaguing me about the life of homesteaders in Wyoming, 1887.
I took my camera with me (naturally), and although I recognise that I’m not a good photographer and that this was not a photographic outing, I thought I would share some moments of the trip with you. There were some lovely buildings. There were some not so lovely buildings.
Fair enough. The outhouse, which dates from the late 1880s. It would be used, then eventually filled in and moved to another location. I’d always wondered how they dealt with such matters.
There is some really beautiful scenery
Yellowstone, most of which is in Wyoming, deserves a special space to itself. It isn’t an area to walk through unescorted, though, because of the prevalence of brears – grizzly, brown and black. There are Be Bear Aware signs everywhere.
among the scenic views, there were different varieties of geysers.
And there is some not obviously beautiful scenery. Below is a typical vista of Wyoming. I find the aridity very attractive, but I recognise that it’s not to everyone’s taste.
All over the State, there were references to its Wild West heritage – in every street of every town, and in the markers and tracks across the State.
Not surprisingly, there were plenty of opportunities for exercise, most of which involved horses.
It was an amazing way to research a novel, and I feel very lucky to have been able to go and see where the characters in my novel lived their lives. If anyone else is thinking of going to Wyoming, I’d say Go For It! You won’t rgret it.