Town Hike

My final featured “hike” of the week is one I took in downtown Buffalo.  A friend had recently posted this beautiful shot of Buffalo covered in snow, silent and empty.  This inspired me to take a walk through the downtown area, though the snow had pretty much melted by then.

First I passed the beautiful display of local military service men and women.  Many friends are named here who serve presently or in the past; I’m grateful to them.

Then I passed our wonderful museum with its authentic log cabin in front (childhood home of a friend of mine that has since passed away).

This statue of local hero Nate Champion was created by another friend, D. Michael Thomas.  Nate lost his life in 1892 in the Johnson County Cattle War.

When Mike creates his amazing sculptures, he always uses local subjects (that we know) to pose for him, such as the one below (although I never can remember which identical twin was used for the subject) — this wonderful sculpture also represents events from the Johnson County Cattle War.

On my town hike I passed three more historical sites — the local war memorial, the 1884 courthouse (former site of the Lone Star Dance Hall) and a bell from the original city hall.

Now I was on our quaint but beautiful Main Street.

I popped into the historic Occidental Hotel for a moment to see the Christmas displays, which were being placed by friends David and Jackie Stewart at the very moment I arrived.  Dave was also celebrating his special new tune, “True Grass” making number one on the chart this month!  Congrats Dave!

The tree is much too big to get in one photo, but hopefully you can imagine its beauty.  All our local Christmas trees are brought down from our mountains.

I love the old (and labeled) ornaments in the windows.

Then I went outside and took a photo of the Occidental across the Clear Creek bridge.

All the downtown shops are looking great this holiday season (Margo’s Pottery, Prosinski Art Gallery, the Sports Lure, E.T. Quilts, Treasure Chest Antiques and others). This is a great place to shop and dine (check out the outstanding restaurants — Sagewood, Pie Zano’s, Up in Smoke, the Busy Bee and The Virginian!)–all owned and run by dear friends.

I also popped into the Longmire shop that sells a lot of souvenirs from the show, as well as western wear and accessories.  I love the fact that this old building still has the original floor with many holes drilled in it during the historic 1912 flood.

I paused to admire some great murals made by friends, Marchel, Jenny and others.

I turned and went west along Clear Creek past the Occidental, and ran into another friend — Ed — who walked with me for a while as we discussed his new job transporting disabled kids around town by school bus.  “It was a God thing,” he said, being able to take over the job from someone who had quit.

I concluded my short walk at another bridge that crosses Clear Creek, and made note of the fascinating historical sign next to it.

Wow, we live in a wonderful, historical area of this country, and have great friends all around!  I’m thankful for our beautiful home town and for all the friends that we see from day to day who contribute to making this a great place to live!  When I was a young girl growing up in the suburbs of Kansas City, we used to tease my mother for growing up in small-town Kansas.  Now I know how very special these places can be.

Over the weekend we enjoyed the annual Christmas parade, which followed free chili and hot drinks in Crazy Woman Square.  Various shops opened their doors and provided snacks and drinks, too.  Note the local steel drum band playing beautiful Christmas music!  Local community friends are wonderful!

 

 

 

 

Silly Memories on a Walk

Another walking path in town that I love to walk is the one along Clear Creek.  Last week it was beautifully dusted with snow.

Note the small amount of snow in the fields.

Many people had already been up and down this path before I arrived.

I decided to go through this entry into the cattle pasture.

I had a good view of the old Fort McKinney area (now affectionately known as the “Soldiers and Sailors Home”) before turning around for home.

Seeing this exercise equipment reminded me of a fond memory, though unfortunately Chris was not able to join in the silliness that day.

 

 

 

 

 

Brown and Blue

We only got a slight dusting of snow this week — enough to have to shovel the driveway but not enough to cover the fields.  You can see that the walking trail was pretty dry within a day or two of the snowfall.

The roads didn’t stay icy for long, and the fields were still brown against the bright, blue sky.  A beautiful day for a walk!

Deer crossing:

I stopped to visit with a friend and enjoyed seeing this adorable dog, Mikki.

One brown, one blue.  Perfect!

 

 

 

 

Snowprints

A few days ago we received our second dusting of snow for the season.  I loved observing the various footprints on the walking trail that morning, and trying to guess what they were.

Prancing deer?

Tiny things:

Bunnies:

Turkey

Others:

 

 

Longmire Days

A huge event occurs in Buffalo every summer now — Longmire Days.  Because Buffalo is the setting for Craig Johnson’s Longmire books, this is the perfect place to hold the event.  It brings thousands of fans every time.  I am a Longmire fan–I think the TV show was great fun to watch, though I admit I have not read the books.  There are several main events to attend, if you care to pay the price–from baseball (“Cowboys vs. Indians”) to motorcycling, from autographs to acting lessons, from trap shooting to horseback riding–you can get “up close and friendly” with these very friendly actors and actresses.  They’ve expressed that they love coming back to Buffalo each year, as an opportunity to experience the real old-west and to get up and personal with fans.

I don’t usually attend the pay-for events, but the parade is always fun.

Author Craig Johnson:

“Ruby:”

“The Ferg:”

“Branch:”

Here comes “Sheriff Walt Longmire” himself:

A group of fans with “Bob Barnes” leading the way:

Before the parade I was able to meet up with a high school classmate and his wife — Ken & Barb Tompkins — who had come from Kansas City for this event.

I also ran into another friend that had come from out-of-state.  Nancy ran the lights for many musicals and concerts I accompanied years ago; a great lighting tech.  You never know who you’ll run into at Longmire Days.  It was great seeing these friends, if only briefly!

I did attend one pay-for event this year–a very interesting question and answer time with cast members John Bishop (“Bob Barnes”), Zahn McClarnon (“Officer Matthias”), Adam Bartley (“The Ferg”) and A. Martinez (Jacob Nighthorse).

If you Google “Longmire Days” you will see many more fun photos of the event.

Klondike Rush

The Klondike Rush was held here in August, and since it was an anniversary year of the event — 40 years — Paul and the other two men who started the race were honored.  Here are the founders of the Klondike Rush:

Paul Jarvis, Bob Miller and Dave Harness.  All finished the race this day.

Here is a great write-up about the race from the YMCA website:

The Klondike Rush is the oldest running 10K event in Wyoming and surrounding states. Our historic 10K course will get you out into the hills with some good climbs and great scenery as you run to views of the Bighorn Mountains and the sounds of Clear Creek. The popularity of this event continued to grow over the years and led to the addition of the 5k distance. The 5k course is fun and fast for those interested in time, but is also very family and walker friendly. Following the two main events is the FREE Klondike Kids run with three distances depending on age. The Klondike Rush is fun for the whole family!

The name, “Klondike,” comes from the name of the street that the race begins on, in front of the YMCA.  It has become very popular and participants come from around the world.

To commemorate the event, “Whistle-nut and Ole,” rodeo team with trained bull, was present to start the race. When I first saw Ole, I was thinking, “it’s a good thing that ambulance is nearby.”

After some confusion and spinning-around and trouble with a camera, the main event was finally off and running.

Paul did well, especially considering that he hadn’t had a lot of time to train.

It’s always fun to see our friends at the Klondike Rush!  Dave, Dean (always a winner) ,Bob, Paul.  Well done, guys!