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Title: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: flanker on April 22, 2009, 08:21:10 AM
I was wondering what kind of following we have here in Wyoming?
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: jetta2337 on April 22, 2009, 02:38:20 PM
Two...........

In Casper.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: flanker on May 21, 2009, 10:03:48 PM
Anyone else in the area?  I would like to build a local network to bounce ideas off.  Regards
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: jetta2337 on May 22, 2009, 08:47:24 AM
There was a call on the last call in show from a gal that was from Wyoming but I believe we are it so far.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: Ultio1 on May 22, 2009, 08:20:19 PM
Born and raised in Lander.
Im  just outside Tucson now.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: longrifle on June 01, 2009, 03:22:50 AM
I'm from Sheridan area
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: flanker on June 01, 2009, 08:54:44 PM
Raised in Sheridan, now we live in Riverton.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on June 03, 2009, 10:23:25 AM
Yea! Thanks for starting the Wyoming connection!  My husband and I are Glendo area.  I was the recent call-in gal mentioned!  :)  i was pretty stoked that my call got on the show!
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: flanker on June 09, 2009, 04:50:29 PM
Glad to hear from everyone.  Who has a garden started and what do you have planted.  We have a variety of berries, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, etc.  I would be interested in hearing what varieties you have planted and how they are doing.  I am going to start a new topic under gardening.  Hope to hear from everyone. 
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on June 10, 2009, 05:40:27 PM
We've got a 30x40 ft fenced-in garden in and I'm SO excited about it!  It's our first garden in 7 years!  We're doing pretty much the usual stuff, things we like to eat.  We tried a patch of hulless oats, can't wait to see how that turns out!  I did some 'companion planting' so it will be fun to see what really works.  Also trying some of the things Jack mentioned on podcast #192 regarding pest control. 

We purchased a couple grape vines - can't wait to see how those develop this first year . . .

Most everything our garden seemed to germinate pretty quick, but then this cold/wet spell set in. The moisture is great, but I think the cold is really slowing down growth.  It's supposed to warm up by the weekend . . .
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on June 10, 2009, 05:42:21 PM
What is the title of your new gardening topic?
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: flanker on June 11, 2009, 08:32:05 AM
Good to hear from you.  Sound like you are experiencing the same growth patterns.  We started a lot of plants indoors this year so it gave us a little head start.  Everything seems to be waiting for some warm days.

He is a link to the new topic--> http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=6160.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=6160.0)
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: jetta2337 on June 11, 2009, 09:12:37 AM
I started up a garden also. Put in four 4x8 beds. I also put in some blueberry bushes and some grapes. I stuck them out but this late snow killed them all. I am also doing some of the tire potatoes and have them growing like mad. I have a few peppers, quite a few tomatoes, cabbage, put in some asparagus, pumpkins, squash, broccoli.
I would love to have a place to grow some malts and stuff for my beer brewing. I did fine a pod cast that talks about hops container gardening that I might look into. but I have a ton of fence line that I believe I am going to use that for though.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on June 24, 2009, 10:48:46 PM
Okay Wyoming: Plants doing well in our garden are:  corn, baby squash, beans, peas, broccoli, onions, spinach, lettuce, oats, (all planted May 21) and peppers and toms(that were started early).

Plants seeming very slow:  (all from seed May 21) honeydew, watermelon, pumpkin, cauliflower, cukes, zucchini squash, cilantro, strawberry from seed, peppers and tomatoes.

I wonder why some things are going gang busters, and others are snails pace.  In fact, if things like the melons stay at this pace, I don't know how we'll get anything out of the slow stuff in the short season we have here.  Maybe I'll have to start more indoors next year . . . ??  Could it be the soil?  Or maybe it's just not warm enough?  Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on June 24, 2009, 10:52:17 PM
Was just thinking, SURELY there are more than just 4 or 5 of us from Wyoming . . .  How do we find the rest of them on the forum?   :)
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: sage0925 on June 24, 2009, 11:01:01 PM
Wyocrissy, I live 40 miles NE of Boise in the mountains...we have had unseasonably cold temps here for May/June, and I am having the same issues with pretty much the same plants. We bring the tomatoes and peppers inside at night, so we aren't having issues with them. All my herbs and flowers are growing really slow as well. So, I'm thinking it's the temps.

The squash I planted in the ground directly is doing a lot better than the squash I started indoors. The stuff started indoors is really leggy...the stems don't seem to be getting any thicker, either.

Sage
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: jetta2337 on June 25, 2009, 03:43:00 PM
The wife when she grows melons here she only lets a couple flowers go. She plucks most of them so the plant can throw all of the energy into the melons. Works good got to do more plants.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: ToughTimes on July 24, 2009, 06:34:42 PM
New here from the other survivor forum....just want to say HI from this side of WY, the upper right.
We are on the MT-WY state line...half in both states.

Responding to the garden thing...we were way late on the planting as it stayed so cool and wet...this last week was the first of the warm evenings and things have really taken off. We were lucky to miss the bad hail that passed through.
Peppers,tomatoes, zuccs,cucumbers,beans,onions,cantelope,watermelon&pumpkins. All doing good. BUT, do any of you have the grasshoppers moving through???
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on July 24, 2009, 09:51:22 PM
New here from the other survivor forum....just want to say HI from this side of WY, the upper right.
We are on the MT-WY state line...half in both states.

Responding to the garden thing...we were way late on the planting as it stayed so cool and wet...this last week was the first of the warm evenings and things have really taken off. We were lucky to miss the bad hail that passed through.
Peppers,tomatoes, zuccs,cucumbers,beans,onions,cantelope,watermelon&pumpkins. All doing good. BUT, do any of you have the grasshoppers moving through???

Hello ToughTimes!  Yea!!!  Another Wyomingite!   ;D  Welcome to the forum!!!  We are actually thinking about relocating to the Sheridan area - LOVE it up there!

Grasshoppers - we don't have very many yet in our garden area, but I notice swarms of them along the roadsides and in the grass and weeds.  I have a friend who's garden is almost eaten up by them!  We were starting to have a lot of ants, so I used Jack's suggestion to spray orange oil and they left!  It was amazing!  Don't know if that might work for the grasshoppers??  Or try some insecticidal soap . . .
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: ToughTimes on July 26, 2009, 12:31:49 AM
Hi back at you!  I have been using Irish Spring in a spray bottle...gives the grasshoppers the shits and detours the rabbits away....maybe deer too,because i haven't had any tracks so far.

We will be combining wheat in two weeks if anyone wants fresh out of the combine, wheat in bulk. It's Hard Red SPRING wheat which is higher in protein than winter wheat.  You bring your containers,sacks,barrels or buckets and we will load up up.
Oh.. and it's ORGANIC for 39 cents a lb.   Alzada Montana or Hulett, Wy for pickup sites.
Contact me through forum or  crusty@dishmail.net
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: jetta2337 on July 27, 2009, 09:40:15 AM
  We were starting to have a lot of ants, so I used Jack's suggestion to spray orange oil and they left!  It was amazing!
Where did you get it!!! I have had this problem for ever and looked around a bit for some but might be looking in the wrong place also.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: jetta2337 on July 27, 2009, 10:50:02 AM

We will be combining wheat in two weeks if anyone wants fresh out of the combine, wheat in bulk. It's Hard Red SPRING wheat which is higher in protein than winter wheat.  You bring your containers,sacks,barrels or buckets and we will load up up.
Oh.. and it's ORGANIC for 39 cents a lb.   Alzada Montana or Hulett, Wy for pickup sites.
Contact me through forum or  crusty@dishmail.net
Might have to get ahold of ya. I work in Upton and stay in Sundance sometime and have been looking for some wheat berries.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: flanker on August 18, 2009, 03:24:31 PM
Hello everyone sorry for the absence.  Here is an update on our garden.
-Tomatoes, peppers (hot & sweet) producing above expectations
-Cranberry plant, red cabbage and asparagus are doing very well
-Strawberries had a rough start but are going great guns now
-Potatoes were doing great but two hail storms have beaten them down some
-Zucchini, squash and onions are growing as expected
-Cucumbers had a rough start but are rebounding

We started
-8 cherry trees and 2 elderberry bushes which have doubled in size
-2 blueberry bushes are establishing themselves slowly

Incidentally, we tried container gardening this year.  All the plants with the exception of the potatoes, zucchini and squash are in containers.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on August 20, 2009, 09:04:09 PM
So, since I'm new to this gardening stuff, I didn't know that you needed to trim tomato plants.  I guess it helps them ripen.  So I did that yesterday, but I'm also concerned with the cool temps - have heard that the ground temperature at night is what signals the tomatoes to turn red.  So, we'll see if pruning them works, or if we'll also have to find some way to keep them a bit warmer at night.

Anyone else experiencing set-backs because of the cold?  Some of our trees on the creek are even starting to turn colors!!  Feels more like the end of September than mid August!!
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on August 20, 2009, 09:08:15 PM
I know this is VERY late notice  ::)  but there is a Wyoming Liberty Fest going on this weekend (Aug 21-23) in Lander.  Speakers, food, shooting, and only I think $25.  Sounds like a lot of 9-12ers attending.  Check out the site below for more details.  Looks like a good time!  We want to go, but will see what develops tomorrow . . .


http://www.wyominglibertyfest.org/ (http://www.wyominglibertyfest.org/)
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: jetta2337 on August 24, 2009, 09:03:51 AM
My peppers are a no go this year. Nothing good from them at all. But new beds new dirt and all that along with the global warming errrrr cooling errrr whatever it is now. Only a few days here above 90.
Cabbage is ok, I did the potatoes in the tires and they are growing ok I have learned alot and know alot I am going to change next year with them. Tomatoes not so good I guess I would say fair to partly shitty. Spinach did great killed the beans for I learned chives and beans kill each other and I had them in the same bed. Broccoli nothing but I have some huge plants. My bro-in-law said he thinks they got to warm and will start up here in a few weeks with some heads.  Zucchini, squash nothing. In some bad soil and ground so we got to work on getting that spiced up this fall. asparagus plants all came up but a year or two away from getting any from them. Although my uncle that lives in Douglass said there are a ton growing along the creek next to where he lives so might be going down there this spring and getting a few tons of them.
I am going to put in a apple tree this fall and we put in a play area for the kid just this week. We fenced it off and we are going to use it as a patio also and going to plant a ton of container stuff in it for a nice green patio play area.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: Recycler4570 on September 07, 2009, 08:34:41 PM
I grew up in Pinedale, now near of Jackson.

I keep telling myself I should start a garden, but have made no effort so far. Mayby if I dig up and clear some sagebrush this fall I'll get something done next spring...
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyomiles on September 13, 2009, 11:45:46 AM
I spent 27 years in South West Wyoming and grew all sorts of things. One of the things I will suggest is a green house of some sort. A good design is to dig a hole in the ground or into a south facing slope. Then find some free wood somewhere. Someone tearing down a house or barn? ask if you can have some wood. Then ask around for people who replace windows, especially those who do those big glass patio doors. They throw the old ones away and you can sometimes get them for free. Build a fram like a lean to above the hole and lay the windows on the frame to make a glass roof. If you dig the hole as a long trench you can set up the windows as a lean to or triangle roof above you with very little framing. Build a step at both ends of the trench and add a frame for an old screen door.  These greenhouse will get really hot and add a month at each end of your growing season.

I built a pretty good sized one , out of mostly scrap, that grew 7 ft tall tomatoes and the cucumbers went crazy.

Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: jetta2337 on September 21, 2009, 10:35:51 AM
Snow last night on Casper mountain. It is going to freeze tonight also they are saying. Need to cover the plants tonight.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on September 21, 2009, 01:04:00 PM
Good to know!  Thanks for the heads up!
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: slamfire69 on September 22, 2009, 09:44:21 PM
green river here!
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on September 22, 2009, 09:53:25 PM
Awesome!  Welcome to the forum!    :)
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: jetta2337 on September 23, 2009, 08:32:18 AM
Welcome slamfire69.

Didnt freeze it got down to 38 last night but still no freeze. I did greenhouse my tomatoes in my raised bed though. The hail stripped my green peppers.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on September 26, 2009, 05:34:42 PM
Well, we did get a light frost the morning of the 23rd.  But I was pleasantly surprised to find my garden unaffected!  Of course there are several things that are just played out and done for the season, like the corn, honeydew, watermelon. And a few barely hanging on like cucs, beans and summer squash.  But the tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, jalapenos and broccoli are still coming in strong and showed NO signs of any damage from the frost!  Cool!  We get to keep enjoying stuff a bit longer!
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on September 29, 2009, 06:18:17 PM
OK - Sunday night it froze - cuz my garden DIED!!!!  :'( 

A couple things will be fine for a while longer - of course the broccoli, and I have a bunch of carrots still in the ground.  And I was still able to bring a bunch of tomatoes in that were unharmed!

Some of my garden flowers survived it for now - the alyssum, yarrow and catmint.  Hardy stuff.

 
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: jetta2337 on October 01, 2009, 09:07:56 AM
Had a good snow fall last night. Trees where breaking all over and all night due to the weight of the snow.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on October 01, 2009, 10:27:56 AM
Wow - you got a bunch!  We just got flurries in between rain and sleet.  Fall is in full swing - but it still seems too early to me . . . 
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on October 22, 2009, 07:44:29 PM
Hey Wyoming - I've been out for a while now!  Moving . . . need I say more?  Life is starting to resemble normal, finally.

Soooo . . . we're in Sheridan now!  Leaving the Glendo/Douglas area was real tough, especially on my two older kids.  But we've been wanting to come up this way for a few years now, and this was the time to make the break.  (After the house closed.)  Anyway, we're just a stones throw away now from DT10!  So I'm really hoping the hubby agrees to go!

But its great to be back reading the forum after being 'out' for a couple/few weeks!

Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: jetta2337 on October 23, 2009, 05:27:04 PM
Hope you do go. I am in so that would be great to get us Wyoming people there to meet up!
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: jetta2337 on February 23, 2010, 02:42:21 PM
Everyone from Wyoming might want to start to contact your state senators for some good bills that could have a hard time getting passed!
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: Mental Avenger on February 28, 2010, 01:53:51 PM
Sheridan, born and raised.  Left for 30 years, visited 22 countries and 39 US states.  Moved back to Sheridan.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: jetta2337 on March 04, 2010, 02:45:30 PM
Welcome aboard.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: flanker on March 17, 2010, 01:11:46 PM
Been absent for a long time so here is a quick update.  We have had a few changes in our lives.  Our daughter was born, and we moved to 5 acres outside of town.  We now have chickens, the garden is planned out, and the seedlings have been started.  Still would like to get together, any ideas?
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: jetta2337 on May 03, 2010, 01:22:59 PM
Been busy as heck also. Got some cold weather stuff in the ground and a little green house over them beings the weather keeps wanting to go down in the mid 20's at night.
Glad you got some land and such!
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: RightArmOfWyoming on May 10, 2010, 09:53:54 PM
I'm in Casper.

--Michael Dean
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on May 10, 2010, 10:25:00 PM
Hey Michael - Glad you found us here in Region 7!  I read your article on leaving CA and coming to Wyoming with guns - great choice!  Nice to hear that you've felt right at home!   :)  I've been privileged to have grown up in this state, living in 7 different towns, and wouldn't think of leaving!
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: RightArmOfWyoming on May 11, 2010, 01:47:48 PM
Howdy, Chrissy!

I call this one "Rush hour in Wyoming":

(http://www.stinkfight.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/day5and6wyomingoc-030.jpg)

Michael W. Dean
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on May 11, 2010, 10:45:50 PM
Gotta love it!!!!   ;D
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: RightArmOfWyoming on May 12, 2010, 04:31:30 PM
Free feisty Wyoming protest rock:
http://www.stinkfight.com/2010/01/08/free-feisty-libertarian-punk-rock-mp3s-for-our-readers/ (http://www.stinkfight.com/2010/01/08/free-feisty-libertarian-punk-rock-mp3s-for-our-readers/)


and some antelope, in a city park in Casper:

(http://www.rightarmofwyoming.com/antelopes1.jpg)

(http://www.rightarmofwyoming.com/antelopes12.jpg)


MWD
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: RightArmOfWyoming on May 12, 2010, 04:32:45 PM
Okay Wyoming: Plants doing well in our garden are:  corn, baby squash, beans, peas, broccoli, onions, spinach, lettuce, oats, (all planted May 21) and peppers and toms(that were started early).


Snow this morning pretty much killed our tulips. meh.

MWD
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: RichStillinWyo on May 13, 2010, 11:50:00 PM
I think that we got 7 inches of sow this week in Cheyenne area. I have the usual plants growing in the house and will wait till June 1 to plant outside. Catnip is up along with tulips, onions and garlic which over wintered, radishes are up fromlast year too. Peppers, basil, tomatos still producing from last year.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: jetta2337 on May 17, 2010, 10:18:19 AM
Howdy Michael in Casper also here.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on May 18, 2010, 04:01:57 PM
Pretty excited to get seeds in the ground!!  The new garden is almost ready to go - just need our drip irrigation set up and we're golden!!  I've heared we can get frosts here in Sheridan/Big Horn as late as June 6th, but with it being 85 degrees today, it just doesn't seem possible!  (But I know it IS, cuz this is WYOMING!)   :-\ 

What dates are some of you out there planning on planting the tomatoes, cukes, stc. - warm weather stuff?
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: flanker on May 18, 2010, 09:56:06 PM
Looking at planting this weekend or next.  Weather guys still have not sold me on no more frost.  People around here tell me to wait till June 1.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyomiles on May 19, 2010, 11:28:26 AM
I used to wait until June 10th in Southwest Wyo. Until I built my green house.  ;)
Title: Visiting Wyoming in July
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on June 19, 2010, 10:42:29 PM
I am looking to relocate to Wyoming and heading on a family vacation to Casper, then checking out Buffalo and Sheridan. On the way back down we are going to check out Cheyenne, and Laramie.

I would be much obliged if any of my fellow ants in Wyoming can recommend other towns to visit that may be nice for relocating a small family looking for quiet country living, hunting, fishing, and healthy employment.  ;D

Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: RichStillinWyo on June 23, 2010, 04:54:05 AM
I am looking to relocate to Wyoming and heading on a family vacation to Casper, then checking out Buffalo and Sheridan. On the way back down we are going to check out Cheyenne, and Laramie.

I would be much obliged if any of my fellow ants in Wyoming can recommend other towns to visit that may be nice for relocating a small family looking for quiet country living, hunting, fishing, and healthy employment.  ;D

*** A BIG issue here in Wyoming is earning a living....  Last I heard Buffalo/Sheridan prices had jumped a lot in the last 15 years. Great towns true as long as you have outside income.  Riverton and Lander are also good - Lander is where NOLS is based and Brunton Compasses are made in that area too.
Rawlins... hummmm  there is a reason that the state pen is there :{

Title: Re: Visiting Wyoming in July
Post by: Pathfinder on June 23, 2010, 06:36:01 AM
I am looking to relocate to Wyoming and heading on a family vacation to Casper, then checking out Buffalo and Sheridan. On the way back down we are going to check out Cheyenne, and Laramie.

I would be much obliged if any of my fellow ants in Wyoming can recommend other towns to visit that may be nice for relocating a small family looking for quiet country living, hunting, fishing, and healthy employment.  ;D

Making a living in Wyoming is very hard to do as RSW said.

That said, however, look to the Guernsey area, Torrington, or even Newcastle as well - all on the east side of the state. Beautiful country, Newcastle has hills just north of it, Torrignton and Guernsey are grasslands with rolling hills. Ain't no grass in Lander or Dubois!!   ;D
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on June 23, 2010, 02:53:05 PM
Pathfinder and RichstillinWyo,

Thanks for the information, much appreciated. I am a teacher and those jobs are scarce. My wife is in the medical administration field. I have seen a few rare teaching jobs scattered around the Laramie/Cheyenne area and Casper. What I have observed is that housing is very high, and land is not affordable for a lower-middle-class class family.

However, I will see how my scouting mission/vacation turns out.  :) 
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on July 20, 2010, 10:30:59 AM
Pathfinder and RichstillinWyo,

 What I have observed is that housing is very high, and land is not affordable for a lower-middle-class class family.


Well, the housing recession didn't hit as hard here as it did in other parts of the country, so yes, land is still a little pricey.  BUT we do have some of the lowest taxes in the nation!  No state income tax, low sales and property taxes.  And the state as a whole is pretty fiscally responsible and one of the few in the black, so they won't be riddling their constituents with tax increases to cover their butt like other places!

I've lived in 8 Wyoming towns:  (Wheatland, Glendo, Douglas, Torrington, Riverton, Jackson, Sheridan and Laramie) - pretty much all over except the southwest (for good reason - stay away from Rock Springs, Evanston, Rawlins,).  If you want to stay out of the wind look at Riverton, Lander, Glendo, Buffalo and Sheridan. 

We live in Sheridan now, and BY FAR it's my FAVORITE place in the whole state!  Well, we loved Jackson, but it was WAY too expensive and a little snooty.  But Sheridan is down-home friendly, and has SO much to offer!  The only bummer is housing prices, but they are dropping and the market is flooded so that will continue for a while.  If you have two incomes, it shouldn't be a huge problem.  And we've found that 5 acres here can support 3 horses for an entire summer!  (In most parts of Wyoming they would turn it to dirt in a few weeks!) 

Anyway, if your wife is in the medical field there may be a few possibilities here.  We have a huge VA center, a cancer center, large hospital,  2 urgent care clinics, a couple alternative schools, WyStar treatment centers, and several elderly facilities (25% of the population is over retirement age).  Just some ideas.....

As for teaching, there's the usual public schools in Sheridan, but also a couple other small schools in the surrounding towns of Ranchester and Big Horn that are within 15 minutes.  Also Sheridan College and 2 or 3 alternative schools (mentined above) (Wyoming Girls School, Normative Services)

Anyway, I'd be interested to hear about your trip and your discoveries!  Best wishes!

Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on July 20, 2010, 10:35:34 AM
Back to gardening........hearing horror story predictions of grasshoppers, and I'm seeing a LOT of them in my garden.  Surprisingly they are not eating the lettuce.  But they are attacking radish leaves and my morning glories.....

I spread some Semaspore bait a few weeks ago....maybe should do it again?  Any suggestions to ward off the little pests?
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on July 25, 2010, 07:24:24 PM
Thanks Wyochrissy,

It was a fantastic trip. The family and I caught 2 Brooke trout within an hour at Lake Owen. We also fished the Laramie River at Woods Landing. Blue skies, clean air, a lot greener than I expected, keep in mind I am a native of high desert cactus terrain.

We loved the Jelm mountain area. Antelope were everywhere on the side of the 230 highway.  Old Downtown Laramie was nice and empty, with charm. My wife fell in love with Laramie; however, the amount of Obama stickers on vehicles made me uncomfortable with the possible political climate.

Nevertheless, we checked out the hospital at Laramie along with schools. The local gas station Conoco had reloading materials, ammo, firearms, and fishing equipment and this endeared me to the beautiful state of Wyoming.

I drove 4 hours and did not see one highway patrol vehicle on the I-80 from Evanston to Laramie. For a guy that lives in a Police State in a city close to 2 million people, the freedom felt in Wyoming was intoxicating.

We were not too hot for Evanston, Rock Springs, Rawlins area. Checked out Rock River and Medicine Bow area and it was nice and quiet with potential for isolated homestead.

Cheyenne was a disappointment. It was too crowded, and lacked the Wyoming feel to it. We didn't bother checking out the hospital or schools there.

The Medicine Bow mountains are gorgeous. I expected to see more open carry, but did not see this. I also mercifully did not run into any grizzlies. LOL. I spoke to locals and they told me only black and brown bears, and mountain lions were present in the mountain area I was in.

We are already planning another trip up to Sheridan and Buffalo area for March 2011.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on August 06, 2010, 07:46:46 PM
Glad you had a nice trip!  A few more thoughts......

Laramie is a WONDERFUL town!  We lived there for over 6 years, mostly as married college students.  For the size it is, it offers more culture than other Wyoming towns, due to the University.  Lots of sports, art, concerts, etc.  But with that (as you observed) comes a lot of liberals/Obama lovers.  All those educated people are so 'enlightened'   ::)  Which is why it needs more people like you!   ;)

Anyway, the winters are long and harsh, (summers cool and short - our corn only got knee high and we discovered that might just be where those little mini salad corn ears come from!  lol)  Quite a bit of wind, but we still loved it and if I didn't love Sheridan so much I'd move back there. :)  A bit of a transient community (again, college town).  Housing prices have been super high (mid 90's), came down (after we left in 2000), back up again, and not sure where it is now!  Kind of depends on supply/demand with rentals for students etc.

If you are looking to live out of town, I would head towards Woods Landing, which seemed to be where you liked.  :)  Centennial is pretty harsh - can be blizarding there while the sun is shining in Laramie.  If you head east up I-80 towards Cheyenne (Happy Jack, Veedavou, etc) there's some cool property (pricey), but that road gets NASTY in the winter and would not be good for daily travel.

Yes - Rock River and Medicine Bow are VERY isolated, and if that's what you're looking for, I would bet you could get ahold of some land pretty cheap.....I think.

And guns in Wyoming - yes we do have a lot of freedom here, sometimes I forget and think it's that way everywhere, but I know it's not.  Just the other day we were in Rocky Mountain Discount Sports.  I've been in there several times and never thought twice about it until my out-of-state brother commented on the huge gun display on the wall.  Over a hundred guns for sale, all hanging on a wall, just there for you to pick up and look at.  He was like, "never seen that before".  To which my husband replied, "Only in Wyoming"

Gotta love it!  TTFN
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: Mike Honcho on August 06, 2010, 08:25:46 PM
I agree Laramie is a great town!!! It's my second home, I lived out there for about 5 years in the early 90's (WyoTech & UW) and still have close family out there. I even enlisted in the military as a Wyoming resident (no state tax - w00t!) and always wanted to return there to live, but unfortunately life had other ideas for me...

I really miss hiking at Vedauwoo, Happy Jack and out by Centennial (which is my favorite hiking spot btw, the mountain lakes are absolutely gorgeous out there), the openness of the sky, the landscape, crisp clean air, the ocassional stop by the Buckhorn Bar or Fireside Lounge and even the friendly people (plus nobody wears colorful sage shirts and stetsons on the east coast). I go back every chance I get; in fact I'm due for a trip west actually! Damnit, I hate my desk job in the city!!! -MH
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: RichStillinWyo on August 08, 2010, 11:27:58 PM


Anyway, the winters are long and harsh, (summers cool and short - our corn only got knee high and we discovered that might just be where those little mini salad corn ears come from!  lol)  Quite a bit of wind, but we still loved it and if I didn't love Sheridan so much I'd move back there. :)  A bit of a transient community (again, college town).  Housing prices have been super high (mid 90's), came down (after we left in 2000), back up again, and not sure where it is now!  Kind of depends on supply/demand with rentals for students etc.

If you are looking to live out of town, I would head towards Woods Landing, which seemed to be where you liked.  :)  Centennial is pretty harsh - can be blizarding there while the sun is shining in Laramie.  If you head east up I-80 towards Cheyenne (Happy Jack, Veedavou, etc) there's some cool property (pricey), but that road gets NASTY in the winter and would not be good for daily travel.

*** I used ta commute between Laramie and Cheyenne daily.....  Just after I stopped doing that in 2004 early August we had our worst accident up on I 80 in a white out. Several fatalities, both hospitals were over loaded and the life flights had to take people to Fort Collins and Denver. Some of the dead had to be IDed via DNA.
My point being that it does not need to be WINTER here to be nasty.....  of course some Dec/Jan have been shirt sleaves and shorts too.

Rich
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on August 09, 2010, 12:17:05 AM
Thanks for the feedback friends. My wife and I lived a few years in Olympia, Washington after we married. It was very liberal due to the University, and it didn't bother us too much as we had no kids at the time. We visited last year with our kids and realized we were no longer the early 20's college students, and that we did not like Olympia anymore.

I'm sure if Sheridan downtown is as charming as Laramie, my wife will be just fine. LOL. We loved the abundance of wildlife.

The family and I are definitely sold on Wyoming. Friendliest people I have ever met were from Montana and Wyoming. I need a town a bit more older that is more family oriented than college students like Laramie.

I love the fact my Stetson and boots don't stand out. I have been warned about the I-80 in blizzard conditions which I take seriously after experiencing black ice and fog from the Pacific Northwest.

The commute from Medicine Bow area to Laramie isn't too bad and property prices are high but reasonable compared to other areas in WY.

Sheridan makes the most economical sense with the hospital there, and not a lot of jobs in the small hospital, or school district in Laramie. I spoke with a fellow angler and he explained the Big Horn Mountains were his fave fishing spots. That is a plus as I looked up the streams I could hit up there. Closer proximity to Montana opens up a lot of doors for hunting if I needed.

We are going to check out Sheridan next. :) I just wish we thought of Wyoming five years ago........
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on August 14, 2010, 06:58:58 PM
Anyone else in Wyoming having problems with grasshoppers???  I hate those things!!  They are everywhere in my garden, but fortuneately (so far) are only damaging the radish leaves, spinach, morning glories, and beans.   >:(  Before it's all over I'm sure they'll find a few more things to munch on!

Spirko answered my call in question on them last week and I'll be trying a couple things he mentioned. 

Stupid bugs.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: RichStillinWyo on August 15, 2010, 04:02:09 PM
Anyone else in Wyoming having problems with grasshoppers???  I hate those things!!  They are everywhere in my garden, but fortuneately (so far) are only damaging the radish leaves, spinach, morning glories, and beans.   >:(  Before it's all over I'm sure they'll find a few more things to munch on!

Spirko answered my call in question on them last week and I'll be trying a couple things he mentioned. 

Stupid bugs.

Dry roasted with a bit of salt. store in the freezer. When ready to use, grind fine and mix with flour for gravy or soup....

Rich
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on August 25, 2010, 11:28:35 AM
Does anyone know if Highway 34 near Sybille Springs is vehicle accessible in the winters during snow?

Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on September 03, 2010, 08:48:11 AM
Took WyoChrissy's advice.

Moving in 2 weeks to Laramie. Wife got a job offer, so we leave in 2 weeks. Thanks for all the help. Now just need to find housing.  :)
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on September 04, 2010, 12:23:25 PM
Took WyoChrissy's advice.

Moving in 2 weeks to Laramie. Wife got a job offer, so we leave in 2 weeks. Thanks for all the help. Now just need to find housing.  :)

Wow!  That was quick!  Hope the move goes well  (that's always a joy! especially if it's a distance!)  Let us know how things work out.  :) 
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on September 04, 2010, 12:27:58 PM
Does anyone know if Highway 34 near Sybille Springs is vehicle accessible in the winters during snow?



Oh yes - and if you're talking about the Hwy through Sybille Canyon that takes you to I-25/Wheatland, it is open year round.  Closed for occational storms, and can get pretty hairy, but they keep it plowed pretty well.  And they've spent the last 7 (or so) summers improving it  - most of it is wider now and curves aren't so sharp.  Fewer accidents now, it's much safer than 'back in the day.'  

Beautiful drive, no?
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyochrissy on September 04, 2010, 12:38:01 PM
Okay - and while I'm here I want to put a plug in for Mike Masser at the Wyoming Firearms Academy here in Sheridan.  (He also offers courses in Gillette)  I've taken two classes from him this summer and he is awesome!  I learned SO much and am so much more confident with my 9mm and my situational awareness.  The remaining classes this year are filled up, but he will have a schedule out for 2011 in Nov or Dec.  Here's the website:  www.wyomingfa.com (http://www.wyomingfa.com)  Anyway, if you want gun training, Mike can take care of the beginners to the advanced.  Can't wait to take another class!
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on September 24, 2010, 08:23:27 PM
Any Winter advice for a newbie Wyoming resident?

Talked to some locals and some guy told me it averages -40 degrees during the winter. I kind of laughed it off but have had several people warn me it is below zero on average. I had expectations of below freezing but nothing this extreme for a sustained winter.  :D

I live in Laramie, so any advice from preppers in the area would be much appreciated. Also any cold weather advice for vehicles and little ones would be great.

Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyomiles on September 29, 2010, 01:42:43 PM
Howdy Anti-federalist, Not sure if you are familiar with the Free State Wyoming Forum but there are several good folks in Laramie that you should get together with. Contact them at  http://www.fundamentalsoffreedom.com/fswforum/index.php (http://www.fundamentalsoffreedom.com/fswforum/index.php)    .
Yes it will get cold. Talk to some locals about putting heaters on your vehicle engines. Be sure you have warm clothing. Layers are best. Drink lots of water , year round. Put together a box or bag of survival supplies for each vehicle. If you do get stuck somewhere in the winter do not leave the car. In Wyoming , folks are real good about finding/ helping other folks when a storm hits. You will learn to watch the weather closely. I have traveled I-80 from east to west and back hundreds of times. Only been stuck in a bad storm once. Over in Medicine bow in fact!
Did you find a place with some land or renting for a while?
I have land over near Elk Mountain.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on September 29, 2010, 11:22:30 PM
Thanks Wyomiles for the link. I will certainly check it out.

I am currently renting as I have made a major relocation in a very short period of time. Moving from a city of 2 million people, to peaceful Laramie, Wyoming with a population under 30k has been a dramatic pleasant change. City life makes you spoiled, and the cooler climate is refreshing.  The quiet is amazing, I am so used to police sirens, helicopters, planes, ambulances; Laramie is great.

I had a difficult week adjusting to the elevation, but feel a heck of a lot better now. Thanks for the cold weather advice. I spoke with a rancher and he gave me really good advice that I will try out on my gas engine vehicles. My friendly neighbor pointed out insulating the pipes to our place, or the water would freeze overnight. Got advice on snow plowed roads, and always have preps in my vehicle.

I am looking to purchase land in the area. I explored the Medicine Bow area. However, I am worried about the isolation in winter storms, and hunting traffic in Medicine Bow.

Elk mountain area is gorgeous and grabbed my eye when I made my first drive on I-80 to Laramie. I am watching the weekly weather forecast every night before bed.  ;)
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyomiles on September 30, 2010, 10:19:11 AM
Your welcome,
Well take your time in finding a place to settle. Renting first is a good choice as it gives you time to look around and a chance to bail if you decide that Laramie wasn't for you. Living there through this winter will also give you a chance to observe the weather. Wyoming is pretty good at keeping the roads open but there are some spots that might be a little isolated and take some time to dig out from drifting snow. Folks have been living and dealing with it for 100's of years so it depends on how prepared you are. Sounds like you are doing the right thing by getting to know the locals.
Title: Re: Hello
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on December 31, 2010, 02:06:58 AM
-14 degrees tonight. I have the battery blanket and oil pan heater on for overnight.

Anyone know any public land areas near Laramie for outdoor target shooting?

I was surprised there are zero rifle ranges in Laramie for anything larger than .22 caliber.

I was reading Cheyenne is building a massive outdoor shooting park, but it won't be done for another 2 years.


Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: RichStillinWyo on December 31, 2010, 05:01:57 PM
The "Cheyenne Regulators" have a nice range on Otto Road a few miles west of Cheyenne. And if you go a mile farther west is an open range that is marked.

Rich
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on January 09, 2011, 12:11:28 AM
Thanks Rich. I appreciate the information.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: Stormchaser on April 14, 2011, 04:18:34 PM
It was interesting reading these posts. Last year I was hot on moving to Wyoming, and even attended the DT 10 event plus traveled around Wyoming and camped a lot, including in the Big Horn Mountains (awesome!). I loved it all. As far as possible relocation areas (I live in Ohio), Sheridan topped the last after my month-long visit.

Since then, I have changed my thinking quite a bit, mostly through just getting tired of what the politicians are doing to our country and the loss of freedoms. Now I am considering moving to Latin America. I like the idea of little to no regulation, no strong winters, and just the idea of the adventure of it all (Wyoming also represents adventure to me).

But truthfully, Wyoming still calls. I don't know where I will end up. Hoping to retire this summer sometime. I've even thought about summering in Wyoming and wintering in Costa Rica, Panama, or Ecuador. Yep, I know I sound like a wimp, but I have survived Ohio and Michigan winters and even enjoy some of the winter activities, but since I've been on a couple of Caribbean cruises, the idea of being down thataway is enticing for my waning years.

On the other hand, if I don't get out of the East pretty soon, I may be sunk, lol. Decisions, decisions.

Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on April 14, 2011, 05:20:17 PM
Hi Stormchaser,

it snowed all morning today and by 3pm most of the wet snow has melted here in Laramie. My wife is inpatient about the warmer weather coming (she dislikes the constant wind). So the winters are a factor to seriously seriously consider.

The elevation here is around 7K and actually took me about 5 months to feel normal again physically.

In January the family and I were essentially trapped indoors (cabin fever) because of the sub zero temperatures. In February and March we were restricted from traveling to the mountains and public land to do anything because the thick snow would not melt and stays on the ground and those county and access roads are not maintained.

That was a bit frustrating. However, in April we have been able to get to public land areas just not the mountains yet. Overall, we really enjoy Wyoming's freedom loving ideas that pushed legislation for concealed carry without permits come this July (I believe). We love seeing the wildlife and are ready for summer fishing and hunting season after that. We love that we don't live in a Police State, no traffic jams, no constant smog.

So we have been here six months in Wyoming and still going strong.  :)
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: wyomingmike on June 08, 2012, 11:23:30 PM
Hey I just found the forum and found this thred.
wanted to get it started again.
I live in Riverton and was wondeing if there was anyone out there still.
Most all the posts are pretty old but saw some from Riverton and Lander.
Mike
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: jetta2337 on July 25, 2012, 02:32:25 PM
Still out and around for me. Troll mostly these days
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on July 25, 2012, 09:26:59 PM
Hey I just found the forum and found this thred.
wanted to get it started again.
I live in Riverton and was wondeing if there was anyone out there still.
Most all the posts are pretty old but saw some from Riverton and Lander.
Mike

I'm surprised there aren't that many Wyomingites here Mike.

I'm in Laramie and getting ready for hunting season already.

Give out a shout if you are in Wyoming.

We are getting a brilliant thunder lightning storm tonight.

Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: ndredneck on October 14, 2012, 03:59:38 PM
Moving to Cheyenne early next year.....advice, what to expect, seasons, nursing jobs, how’s the housing market?
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on October 28, 2012, 01:03:42 PM
I live south of Cheyenne about 45 minutes away. If you work in Cheyenne avoid living in places like Laramie and commuting. For one thing the Laramie housing market is comparable to an expensive big city with a million population. The University inflates the value of the market causing prices for rental to be outrageous and small old homes grossly high.

Second, the I-80 access is horrendous during the winter with heavy congestion of trucks driving in our goods for consumption and occasionally getting into wrecks. Ice and white out conditions have prompted road closures. I would guess the weather is similar to North Dakota so you won't suffer much culture shock.

Expect high winds 40 mph on average with dozens of days with gusts above that during the winter. Cheyenne is slightly warmer than Laramie, we get -30 to -50 degrees in the winter at night a few nights out of the winter.

Best thing I like is sunny winter days, they make an incredible difference for me even when it's -1 as the high during the day.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: ndredneck on October 29, 2012, 08:02:58 PM
The Sage of Monticello -- thanks for the info!

as you said its not to much difference from ND.....-40 and below...i have to be close to Cheyenne.....Active Duty. So far everything i see with the community looks great! way better than Minot ND. As far as camping/shooting/off-roading things are looking great....alittle cold weather wont scare me off....the first few months will be with out wife and kids. When they show up any idea on 4H or FFA kind of stuff. I don't know where to buy(house) yet.....so if i can pre plan that kinda stuff it will make life better!

Any info is appreciated
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: ndredneck on October 29, 2012, 08:05:23 PM
FFL's, Gun Shops in Cheyenne?
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: beewhispererwyosurvival on November 26, 2013, 08:27:09 AM
Yea! Thanks for starting the Wyoming connection!  My husband and I are Glendo area.  I was the recent call-in gal mentioned!  :)  i was pretty stoked that my call got on the show!

I have a retreat in Glendo...out by Elk Creek.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: beewhispererwyosurvival on November 26, 2013, 08:36:46 AM
sounding off
Cheyenne here
retreat in Glendo
I have 7 strong families in my prepping group
IPUG AMTU (Can be seen on face book)
I'm Prepping Urban Guerrilla/American Militia Tactical Unit

We are getting ready to open permaculture course.
I have been to the last three programs for TSP at Jacks.
Jack gave me Nicolas from Earth works to come to Wyoming and help me on my Retreat. we will be having him come and do classes at my retreat soon.

I hope to hear from more here in Wyoming. I would love to make my group here bigger and be like what I have seen when going to Jack retreat/homestead.
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: sirosisofliver on July 31, 2014, 04:39:45 PM
Hello all!  I am thinking of relocating to Casper from Nebraska, and just curious on the access to water.  I have been finding out wells start out at 65 ft or so, good ones at 150.  What sort of gallons per minute can you get?  I am right over the Ogallala Aquifer here, so 100-700 gal/min wells are common here and there (irrigation wells that is).
   I see this thread hasn't been active lately; I was in Wyoming last week, and looked at Cheyenne and Casper.  I liked Casper more, and the job situation seemed better (truck driver here, and welder.  Oilfields like me..:) )
   
Title: Re: Hello from Wyoming
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on July 03, 2017, 09:07:47 PM
Just checking in. Anybody in South East Wyoming? I have since moved back to Wyoming after leaving for  a year for a job. Been back the past 2 years. Happy 4th fellow Wyoming residents.