I love being from Wyoming, and hope someday to return. I would not trade my childhood there for anything in the world. I am proud to be a Chugwater High School graduate--proud to have graduated from the same school my dad did. I posted about Greeley last week, but I felt a bit convicted for neglecting my true home.
TEN THINGS THAT ARE WONDERFUL ABOUT WYOMING
10. University of Wyoming: While I didn't attend, other than a six-week summer program, I root for their sports teams in every sport, because UW is our professional sports team. I love the campus, having been there many times, and if I could, I'd get my masters here.
9. Yellowstone National Park: We may be a small state population-wise, but we have the best National Park. And the first. And it contains a giant volcano that will someday blow us all to bits. Yes, even those of us in Colorado.
8. Frontier Days: My first scary experience with clowns was during a Frontier Days parade, and I have many other firsts connected to Frontier Days: mass pancake eating, watching the Thunderbirds, seeing a big-time concert, and watching a rodeo. Part of my early childhood in Cheyenne--the Grandaddy of Them All!
7. I-25: Now that I usually drive in Colorado, I look forward with pleasure to driving north. Once I shake off the last dregs of traffic in Ft. Collins, I can put the ol' car on cruise control and enjoy the drive.
6. Wind: Soon to be making new energy barons in the west, the constant wind of Wyoming is becoming a positive, rather than a negative.
5. Laramie: My favorite college town of all time, with superior restaurants (Altitude, Grand Avenue Pizza, and much more!), cool campus atmosphere, and fun shops. I haven't been in a while, as my sister has matriculated, but I love it.
4. Ragtime Cowboy Joe: Simply the best school song ever. Sure, "On Wisconsin" is fairly good, and the academies have catchy ditties, but you can't beat UW's school song:
Oh, how he sings raggy music to his cattle
As he swings back and forward in his saddle
On his horse (a pretty good horse)
With a syncopated gaiter
And with such a funny meter
To the roar of his repeater
How they run (yes run!)
When they hear him come
'Cuz the western folks all know:
He's a hifalootin' , rootin'-tootin'
Son-of-a-gun from old Wyoming,
Ragtime cowboy (talk about your cowboy)
Ragtime cowboy Joe.
3. The Open A X Ranch: My family's ranch, in SE Wyoming, is one of the most beautiful spots on earth to me. We have an incredible cliff/creek vista, lovely old barns and houses, and history. As a lover of history, having a family with deep roots is a blessing.
2. Chugwater: My "hometown." Small, but sweet. I worked at most places in town you could get a job at, I've walked all its streets--things are different every time I return, but I will always love telling people where I'm from.
1. Alphabetical Order: Wyoming is always the last state in any alphabetical listing, which makes it incredibly easy to find. Checking for yarn shops in a knitting magazine? Just go to the back. Wyoming may be last in any list, in population, in national importance, but it will always be first in my heart.