The Black Pool

2014.07.22

The Black Pool, a geothermal pool along the shore of Yellowstone Lake in the West Thumb Geyser Basin. Until an eruption and subsequent heat-up in 1991, dark green and brown microorganisms actually did color this pool black. It’s a beautiful sky-blue hue now.

Vacation

Vacation

2014.07.21

Something hit me – surprisingly, for the very first time – while Megan and I were hiking into the Winds early last week. After months of planning and weighing our options with what to do and where to go with our week off, we chose Wyoming.

There’s something beautiful in that; in living in a place where you can vacation to your own backyard and still feel like you’re worlds away, knowing there’s more to the countless number of varying landscapes within this single state’s borders than you’ll ever be able to explore.

We knocked a goal off our list and took three days and two nights to backpack into the Wind River range. The depth of these mountains is staggering and the possibilities for weeks-long backpacking trips are endless. Our trip was just barely a sliver of what the Winds have to offer, but one hell of an experience nonetheless.

From there we took two days in Yellowstone, a stark contrast from camping in the Winds where we saw just a handful of other people over three days. Car alarms, light pollution and screaming babies at the campgrounds quickly reminded us of waking up to nothing but the sound of waves lapping against the shores of alpine lakes, miles away from anyone and everyone.

We finished off the trip in Jackson with a float down the Snake River through some of the most beautiful and easily-accessible country in the state, and after a night of sleeping in a real bed for the first time all week, we made the drive back to Casper, still in disbelief that all of those wonders are just a half-day’s drive away.

Vacation

 

Vacation

 

Vacation

 

Vacation

 

Vacation

 

Vacation

 

Vacation

 

Vacation

 

Vacation

 

Vacation

 

Vacation

 

Vacation

 

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Casper, Wyo.

2014.07.10

A few favorites from last night’s second performance of the Central Wyoming Rodeo in Casper. Check out more photos and rodeo coverage at trib.com

Central Wyoming Rodeo - Wednesday

 

Central Wyoming Rodeo - Wednesday

 

Central Wyoming Rodeo - Wednesday

 

Central Wyoming Rodeo - Wednesday

 

Central Wyoming Rodeo - Wednesday

 

Central Wyoming Rodeo - Wednesday

 

Central Wyoming Rodeo - Wednesday

 

Central Wyoming Rodeo - Wednesday

Cody, Wyo.

2014.07.08

July 4, 2014, at the Cody Stampede Rodeo in Cody, Wyo. “The Rodeo Capital of the World” has hosted the professional Stampede Rodeo every summer for the past 95 years, and has held the amateur Cody Nite Rodeo every night from June 1 through August 31 for the past 76 years.

Cody Stampede Rodeo

 

Cody Stampede Rodeo

 

Cody Stampede Rodeo

 

Cody Stampede Rodeo

Casper, Wyo.

2014.07.02

Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo

Sheila, of Austin, Texas; Barbara, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Corina, of Corpus Christi, Texas, setting up for the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo. Casper, Wyo. July 2, 2014.

Buffalo, Wyo.

2014.06.27

Buffalo, Wyo.

Harvey watches USA vs. Germany in the World Cup. Buffalo, Wyo. June 26, 2014.

College National Finals Rodeo 2014

2014.06.23

A little outside-the-arena action from the week-long college finals in Casper.

Behind the Scenes at CNFR

 

Behind the Scenes at CNFR

 

Behind the Scenes at CNFR

 

Behind the Scenes at CNFR

 

Behind the Scenes at CNFR

 

Behind the Scenes at CNFR

 

Behind the Scenes at CNFR

 

Behind the Scenes at CNFR

 

Behind the Scenes at CNFR

 

CNFR Wednesday

 

Behind the Scenes at CNFR

 

Behind the Scenes at CNFR

 

Behind the Scenes at CNFR

 

CNFR Championship Round

 

Behind the Scenes at CNFR

Yellowstone Country

2014.06.15

Three-day reporting trip for the Star-Tribune with Leah Todd up in Yellowstone Country, June 3-5, 2014.

Yellowstone National Park

 

Yellowstone National Park

 

Yellowstone National Park

 

Yellowstone National Park

 

 
Yellowstone National Park

 

Shoshone National Forest

 

Shoshone National Forest

Chugwater, Wyo.

2014.06.14

Mesa and Annie. Chugwater, Wyo. May 30, 2014.

Casper, Wyo.

2014.06.13

Mr. Gomez. Casper, Wyo. June 13, 2014.

Casper, Wyo.