It's been six months since we've moved to Cheyenne and life on the prairie. So far it's been pretty interesting. We've experienced winter and quite a few snowstorms. Ah and the super strong wind. Then a very short spring turned into summer. We've had hot days as well as summer thunderstorms. Oddly enough there hasn't been that much wind but I'm told that it'll return in the fall. And of course how could we forget the invasion of the moths, which are starting their return trip now.
What we've learned thus far is that we really enjoy living in the rural countryside. On any given day we may see rabbits, hares, prairie dogs, antelope (which are really prong-horns, neither deer nor antelope), pygmy goats (but I think that the few weeks we saw them they had escaped their barn because they've been gone ever since), chickens, horses, ponies, mules and donkeys. In fact these are our closest neighbors and we see them almost every day.
There's two horses (geldings), a female mule, and a gelded donkey. The mule really likes Fearghus and Fiona. She follows us in her pasture when we go on our walks. Occasionally I'll bring Fearghus up to her to sniff noses. Fiona on the other hand doesn't really want anything to do with them. Sometimes she barks when she sees our equine friends.
The beauty of the prairie is quite different than that of California. There are areas where it feels like you're alone in the world with nothing but sky. And the sky changes quite a bit. Some days it's nothing but blue and other days there's lots of clouds. Because we're in the country and few buildings to obstruct the horizon we can see stars and distant thunderstorms. It's pretty amazing to see the lightning strikes light up the clouds on the horizon. And when we have rainstorms sometimes we're lucky to get rainbows too.
I stopped the car by the side of the road on the way home one day to take this picture. This is across a field .. not sure whether the farmer grows alfafa or some other type of grain.
What Steve and I love to look at the most are the incredible sunsets. If we decide to get a permanent home here we want to have one with lots of windows so that we can enjoy the prairie sunsets. Here's just one of them.
See what I mean about the gorgeous sky?
Yes, it's been quite different living here in Wyoming than in California but its beauty has been a delight to behold.
EDIT: Oh my goodness I totally forgot the cattle ... lots and lots of cows out here because of all the large ranches.