Today is my last full day living in Laramie, Wyoming. It’s been a good season being in a new place and working from home. But I’m ready to be out and about again. A road trip is coming up, another marathon, a trek on the Colorado Trail and then on to Japan! I love it and am excited to be on the move. In the next few days, KRC and I are going to explore a corner of South Dakota and northern Wyoming. I have three states left to visit and then I’ll have been to all 50. (North Dakota and Mississippi will be my final states after this trip. There’s not enough time to tag ND this time.)
Today I was thinking, what happened here, in these last few months? There were no big epiphanies. (I’m still living out past epiphanies.) I was content. I worked from home so I didn’t get to know many people other than those at businesses that I frequented. (I see KRC when she comes up for visits, of course.) I never thought about it unless someone asked me if I’d made friends here. I enjoyed running, working with my students online, visiting campus, walking around the neighborhoods, and living my life. I am deeply content within myself (but restless for the road!) and that remained so during my time here.
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A photo-summary of recent weeks in Laramie:
My safe and cozy home for the last few months, full of old-fashioned character.
But when the lights come down, it’s moving time.
Such a funny, quirky apartment building.
Around the neighborhood…
The decline of the poor Wyo.
The cool church on the corner.
Old Main at the University of Wyoming…
Evening on the bridge…
Garfield St. Bridge.
Streets of Laramie…
Music at Coal Creek Coffee Co.
Laramie Jubilee Days, celebrating Wyoming’s statehood…
Carnival view from the bridge.
Small town carnival Ferris wheel.
And some final words of wisdom from the West…
Always ride high in the saddle!
Souvenir from KRC after meeting Colter at the rodeo.