2 Doors Down

How about some excellent food while in Cheyenne, Wyoming?  The 2 Doors Down restaurant in downtown has a local hospitality combined with atmosphere and taste that rivals any five-star eatery. 

We sampled some of the popular items such as the burger, hotdogs and onion rings.  Delicious. 

Oh!  Try the cinnamon rolls too.  They are popular and mouth-watering. 

Management at 2 Doors Down says they are serious about making burgers just the way we like it.  Any burger on the menu can be made with “hand-cut, never frozen, specially seasoned beef, grilled or breaded chicken breast, tender salmon fillet, or a surprisingly tasty, carnivore-approved 100% vegetarian burger.”

The serving team takes pride in checking on the tables for anything needed. 

More information is available on their website at http://www.2doorsdown.net/, including why they are called 2 Doors Down. 

Sanford’s Grub & Pub is across the street from 2 Doors Down. They caught my attention with this truck bed hanging from the entrance. I’m sure it’s a great place to enjoy as well.

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Wrangler

When I first saw The Wrangler building in Cheyenne, Wyoming I thought it was the original Wrangler store, home of the Wrangler jeans.  However, after a little research, I found that Wrangler jeans began in North Carolina.  The three-story red-painted brick building in Cheyenne is “The Wrangler” store that sells a large array of western attire. 

The building certainly dominates the corner of Capitol Avenue by the train tracks. According to Cheyenne.org, it is home to some sort of retail outlet since its erection in 1892. The main building was joined with an adjacent former hotel sometime in the 1960s. The upper floors of the main building itself were also formerly a hotel.

The two buildings provide about 13,000 ranch wear and western clothing, hats, boots and accessories. “How about a diamond-studded Stetson? Or Cruel Girl jeans? Carhartts? A leather jacket from Arello? Or maybe all you need is a good, old pair of Wranglers?” https://www.cheyenne.org/listing/wrangler/287/

So, where did Wrangler begin?  Is an American manufacturer owned by Kontoor Brands Inc., which also owns Lee. Its headquarters is in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina in the U.S. Production plants are located around the world. 

Did you know? Wrangler Jeans were first made by the Blue Bell Overall Company, which acquired the brand when it took over Casey Jones in the mid-1940s. Blue Bell employed Bernard Lichtenstein (“Rodeo Ben”), a Polish tailor from Łódź, who worked closely with cowboys to help design jeans suitable for rodeo use.  He convinced several well-known rodeo riders of the time to endorse the new design. (Wikipedia)

Another image and information about The Wrangler: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Wrangler,_Cheyenne,_WY.jpg

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Iron Horse

Locomotive on display in Wyoming Welcome Center

Wheels roll, full steam ahead, though not too fast

Metal clanging, chugging, pulling struggles behind

The iron moves, clinging to track unfurled, whistles with blast

Past the horse, natural worker, attached by family, farm and beauty.

Now is beauty full of metal – stronger, no need to eat or rest

Only controlled by owner, feeding water, fuel and direction

Iron horse arrives, relieving hooves that tracked the countryside

Antique work wagon at Dubois, WY museum

It pulls its load, no complaint, no holding back, no need to force the struggle

I’m thankful for the iron horse, the progress through life, achievements to ease the burdens.

I’m thankful for the horse, its beauty, natural flow of free spirit and life, its willingness to carry the load.

Horses and stable at Grand Tetons, WY

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Journey west

Example of conveniences developed for western travelers. (Display at Wyoming Welcome Center)

Can you imagine the journey west as the pioneers and settlers traveled thousands of miles from the eastern U.S. to explore the west, looking for further freedom to claim land, pursue their dreams and establish homes with families?

Native American lives were impacted greatly as the frontier was being explored by those seeking better lives. Let’s not forget their struggles and desires to live peacefully and pursue their dreams as well.

Tipi at the Wyoming Welcome Center

Imagine the hardships, rocky terrain, streams, wildlife and challenges along the way. Many lost their lives. Many fell short of their dreams. Many arrived. Many fulfilled their dreams.

Persevere!

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

A large prairie place

Apparently a “large prairie place” is what the word Wyoming is based on – by the Algonquin Indians, according to Ben’s Guide to U.S. government Kids pages (and https://statesymbolsusa.org/wyoming/name-origin/wyoming-state-name-origin). 

Wyoming is the 10th largest U.S. state by area, the least populous, and the second most sparsely populated.  It became the 44th U.S. state in 1890. 

StatessymbolUSA also mentions that according to the Wyoming Secretary of State, “The name Wyoming is a contraction of the Native American word mecheweamiing (“at the big plains”), and was first used by the Delaware people as a name for the Wyoming Valley in northeastern Pennsylvania.”

If one is traveling from Colorado to Wyoming, toward Cheyenne, I recommend stopping at the welcome center.  It has excellent information on Wyoming. 

Wyoming is a wonderful place to visit.  I’ll post photos and information during my next several posts.  I’m glad to have you along with me on the journey.  Let’s explore the area, shall we?  I’m amazed. 

Partial photo of mural in Wyoming Welcome Center

By the way, some of the history of Wyoming can be found at https://www.wyohistory.org/

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Wild Horse BBQ

Okay, where is the horse? Actually, the name reflects a quaint, little barbecue (BBQ) place tucked away near Interstate 40 in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

The restaurant is nestled in the foothills of the Wild Horse Mountain range in eastern Oklahoma. Maybe there are some wild horses still in those hills.

Artifacts are displayed on the walls of Wild Horse BBQ – including these two with Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood in their younger years.

If you travel along this area it is worth stopping for tasty food with quick and friendly service in a rustic environment. The menu is limited and simple. I think the brisket sandwich is their most popular item. The plate includes some very tasty beans too.

Wild Horse Mountain BBQ sauce is excellent and has been over 50 years. It is available online as well. https://www.wildhorsemountainbbqco.com

I also liked the surrounding area with old relics that take you back in time.

Trip advisor also has reviews on the restaurant at https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g51633-d2392413-Reviews-Wild_Horse_Mountain_BBQ-Sallisaw_Oklahoma.html.

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Monarch struggles

Maybe I haven’t taken time to notice but it seems like the butterflies are not as plenteous this year.  I enjoy seeing these graceful forms of creation, and their struggles to become what they were destined to become. 

I’m thinking of what we did for the monarch butterflies during the past two years to help them populate. I prepared a little information and gathered some of our photos as well as video clips. 

Since the lizards enjoy the caterpillars so much I built a crude little vertical, rectangular, screened-in house for the monarchs to munch on milkweed. And, WOW, did they munch. It was amazing how they multiplied. I had a challenge keeping sufficient milkweed plants in their house.

I stopped by Ace Hardware one day and happened to notice this nice, larger, butterfly house. They weren’t selling it but it sure posed some ideas of expansion. Well, back to the growth process.

I think you’ll get a laugh out of the video piece as one monarch can’t get a little piece of leaf off its antennae (tentacles), and the challenge of finding a place to “hang out.” 

We can learn from the butterfly – to not give up but persevere through the challenges.  That’s what I thought when I looked back over my photos and video clips.

The monarchs really enjoy feasting on the milkweed plants, and then they mate.  Females lay their eggs . Caterpillars hatch, feast, chrysalize, and metamorphose into new butterflies, which set off northward toward yet new breeding grounds.

Come fall, the great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren of the original migrants head south, returning to trees that neither their parents nor even their grandparents ever knew.  https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/06/monarch-butterflies/590908/

Apparently many believe the monarch butterflies are the most beautiful of all butterflies, and are considered the “king” of the butterflies, hence the name “monarch.”

Monarch butterflies go through four stages during one life cycle, and through four generations in one year.

The four generations are actually four different butterflies going through these four stages during the year until it is time to start over again with stage one and generation one.

Here is some neat information from https://www.monarch-butterfly.com/.  In March and April the eggs are laid on milkweed plants. They hatch into baby caterpillars, also called larvae. It takes about four days for the eggs to hatch. Then the baby caterpillar doesn’t do much more than eat the milkweed in order to grow.

After about two weeks, the caterpillar will be fully-grown and find a place to attach itself so it can start the process of metamorphosis. It will attach itself to a stem or a leaf using silk and transform into a chrysalis. Although, from the outside, the 10 days of the chrysalis phase seems to be a time when nothing is happening, it is really a time of rapid change.

Within the chrysalis the old body parts of the caterpillar are undergoing a remarkable transformation, called metamorphosis, to become the beautiful parts that make up the butterfly that will emerge.

The monarch butterfly will emerge from the pupa and fly away, feeding on flowers and just enjoying the short life it has left, which is only about two to six weeks. This first generation monarch butterfly will then die after laying eggs for generation number two.

The second generation of monarch butterflies is born in May and June, and then the third generation will be born in July and August. These monarch butterflies will go through exactly the same four-stage life cycle as the first generation did, dying two to six weeks after it becomes a beautiful monarch butterfly.

Let’s enjoy life all around us and take time to think about the butterfly.  They can help us relate to life a little better.

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Variety is beautiful

I see colors of red, blue, yellow, white, black, green, orange and beyond,

Colors of size – big and small,

Colors of life, part of us all.

Which will rise, when given a chance,

Release from its anchor and watch them dance.

Is one color more than the other?

One size able to do more than the color?

Life full of variety and thought,

Each of us, regardless of color or size,

Equally important, no matter where we are,

We will love others more when this we realize.

Blessings along the Way!

Ron