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Saying adieu

11/05/11

Saying adieu

 From the day I met Frances Love Froidevaux, her curiosity about the world and genuine interest in people and places was an inspiration. Thus it seemed fitting I heard about her passing while we were in St. Petersburg last month. 

My friend Francie was truly an international soul with a Renaissance flair toward living. Fluent in French, she was a master at knitting and an energetic traveler. She appreciated talent of all kinds and encouraged its development in others. Their family lived in a number of places—Europe, Asia, the US—and no matter where they called home, Francie brought her love of music, fine art, and literature to her surroundings

Francie was also a Wyoming woman through and through, proof that being part and parcel of a...

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A Frightful Night at Harriman State Park

10/31/11

A Frightful Night at Harriman State Park

Saturday night Nancy and I joined some friends up at Harriman State Park (18 miles north of Ashton, Idaho) for the 11th annual Haunts of Harriman Halloween bash. It was amazing; more than 1,000 revelers, at best guess, could seen wandering down the dark and spooky pathways of the Railroad Ranch and through the historic ranch's haunted houses and outdoor zombielands.

Hay rides, hundreds of pounds of candy, barking corpses, stir-fried eyeballs, mummies and monsters ... they were all part of the action. Arguably the best family-oriented Halloween party in all of the Teton region, and it somehow escaped our attention until this year. Keep...

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Fewer Cars = Safer Routes to School

10/24/11

Fewer Cars = Safer Routes to School

Late last summer I read about a Tennessee mother who was threatened with arrest for letting her 10-year-old daughter bicycle a mile to school. "The officer informed me that in his 'judgment' it was unsafe for my daughter to ride her bike to school," Teresa Tryon is quoted as saying, at the Bike Walk Tennessee website.

This blew mind at first; I bicycled a mile to school myself when I was that age. But then I began wondering about the nature of the road the young girl was riding on. My cycling to school took place in the early 1960s in a small Iowa town, a time and place where things were a lot slower and less clogged with cars than they are...

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Forage and Celebrate

10/03/11

Forage and Celebrate

Last Saturday, my husband and I spent a fantastic evening dining with friends and perfect strangers, enjoying the bounty of our region and celebrating a wonderful Indian summer.  

It wasn’t my idea.  Rather, it was the brainchild of Forage & Lounge (I know, catchy to name a restaurant using verbs instead of nouns).  Forage’s tables were configured to create several large community seatings, and a delicious, five-course, prix fixe tasting menu was circulated family-style.  Hence, the perfect strangers.

Forage’s owners are committed to using local foods, and Saturday night’s farm-to-table dinner was no exception.  Snowdrift Farms, Lava Lake Lamb, HD Dunn Angus Ranch, 460 Bread, and Potter’s...

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Michael McCoy

Editor Michael McCoy is a native Wyomingite who, through no choice of his own, moved to Iowa (“the third greatest state in the nation,” he says) when he was only a few weeks old. After high school graduation, he beelined it back to the University of Wyoming, where he earned a degree in Anthropology and the nickname of “Mac.” In addition to his Teton-area editorial duties, Mac works for the Missoula, Montana-based Adventure Cycling Association and writes freelance articles and books about the outdoors. “But that’s enough about me,” he says. “This blog is about you. I will prime the pump with an entry now and then--but ultimately, we hope it will be our readers, both locals and out-of-staters, who keep the streams of conversation flowing.”

 

 

 

Contributing blogger Susan Traylor Lykes was born and raised in the Denver area, a third-generation Coloradan. She spent much of her childhood in the mountains, and took up fly fishing at the tender age of ten, wielding her grandfather’s old bamboo rod and Pflueger reel. After graduating from the University of Vermont, Susan earned a master's degree in Town Planning from the University of Montana. For the past decade, she has focused on nonprofit land conservation and land use, serving on the boards of the Land Trust Alliance, the Teton Regional Land Trust, and the Orton Family Foundation.
Susan and her husband, Mayo, call both sides of the Tetons home. They are enthusiastic travelers and outdoorsmen — hiking, skiing, fly fishing, and bird hunting.

 

 

 

Contributing blogger Jeanne Anderson is a Cheyenne native and graduate of the University of Wyoming who has spent the last 25 years as a writer, PR consultant, columnist, and editor. Her passions include hiking, cooking reading, traveling, community, and creativity (she’s in her third term on the Idaho Commission on the Arts). She credits her broad practical streak to her parents, who started the first travel agency in the Cowboy State—from them she learned “every bathroom in the world is down the hall and to the left.” Jeanne and her husband Peter started Dark Horse Books in Driggs in 1995; their two-year experiment lasted 14 years. Now out from behind the bookstore counter, she’s looking forward to many new adventures.

 

 

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