I’ve been staying at a farmhouse in central Wyoming for a few days while working in Riverton – huge sky, hay and alfalfa fields, with a rippling blue line of mountains in the distance. Besides farming, the couple also hunts and fishes most of their own meat, including elk, deer, antelope, turkeys, rabbits and big horn sheep. The basement “man-cave” walls are absolutely jam-packed with mounted heads of these and other animals – a wild boar with bared teeth and two immense lake trout among them. They have a big vegetable garden doing very well this season. Karen grinds her own flour, and daily makes gluten free pancakes for her husband after he returns from coffee with the locals at the cafe. Being gluten free myself, I was happy to partake of their breakfast ritual. The pancakes were accompanied with fresh butter, pure maple syrup, and strawberry puree. Perfect!
One morning Karen took me canoeing on nearby Ocean Lake before it became too hot. There’s a rocky island some distance out, where sea gulls nest and raise their young. Oh, what a treat to be rocking over the waves under our own paddling pace. There were dozens of gulls of various ages, flying around us, floating in the water, and clambering over the rocks on the island. We encircled it and floated awhile ourselves in midst of all the birds.
Easy going dinners were also a part of my stay.
Then I was overcome with a wide open joy, watching the sunset in all directions as I followed the irrigation canal along the road. Mallard ducks with their young ones skimmed across the water, mourning doves and red winged blackbirds calling out their distinctive song. Wishing you all the same wonder of this world, and peace.