Beautiful…

Photo from Billings Gazette story posted on February6, 2010

That’s the only word I can think to describe the scenery I drove through yesterday, and that one word doesn’t hardly do it justice. I left at 5 AM on a journey to Ten Sleep for an interview that will be featured in our new issue of WLM, due out in August — something about having to get up early in the morning, I never sleep well the night before because I am afraid of sleeping through my alarm! So, sleep-deprived and blurry eyed, I began my journey. I was jerked awake though by the sight of so many animals on the drive to Casper! I lost count of how many antelope, deer, rabbits, birds, etc. I saw…it was really something!

I traveled through Casper, to Shoshoni, up to Thermopolis, to Worland, and then over to Ten Sleep. The drive from Thermopolis to Ten Sleep was absolutely incredible — the river was full, the mountains were multi-colored and dotted with greenery…it was simply jaw-dropping. The last time I was up in the area was three years ago, with a car full of girls on our way to a state Job’s Daughters function — they were singing loudly and it was approaching nighttime, and I obviously failed to notice the scenery around me! Yesterday was a different matter: I was able to truly appreciate what I saw around me. It was breathtaking!

After the interview, I enjoyed a shaved ice from Ten Sleep at Sno Shavers — make sure you do NOT say it’s a snow cone, because it’s not! I made the mistake of using that term and was given a demonstration on how the ice is actually shaved — it looks like a spider web of ice, it’s really good! Said hello to some folks and met some new friends — what a neat little town!

I spun through Worland, where I stopped in at the Washakie Museum. WOW!!! Be sure to check out this brand new attraction with your kids! It’s a class act! http://www.washakiemusuem.org

I then traveled onto Thermopolis, although FIRST I stopped in Kirby to say hello to the nice folks, Steve & Donna Nally, over at Wyoming Whiskey. They run tours of the distillery and it’s a neat place — definitely worth the stop! Also check out the local restaurant, Butch’s Place, on the way into town — my husband says lunch there is also worth the stop! For Wyoming Whiskey, visit: http://www.wyomingwhiskey.com Butch’s Place is on Facebook! Check them out: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kirby-WY/Butchs-Place/143376546110?v=wall

I met the nice folks over at the visitors’ center in Thermopolis as well — what a beautiful town with some great tourist attractions! Be sure to check out their website! http://www.thermopolis.com/

I journeyed back through Shoshoni, where I need some more info on the Yellowstone Drug — are they now Shoshoni Malt? Is this the same place with a new name, or a different place? I’d love some info from WLM fans, please!

Traveled through Casper, where I stopped at my FAVORITE Cold Stone Creamery for some smiles from the girls working — they are an enthusiastic bunch! I tried the Key Lime Pie concoction, which I know has a catchy name that has escaped my brain at the moment…forgive me… At any rate, it was GOOD, and Cold Stone is ALWAYS on my list of favorites in Casper! They’re also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Casper-WY/Cold-Stone-Casper/120090941356284?ref=ts&ajaxpipe=1&__a=40

Then I made it home, where I nursed my aching head and sore back, but shared my travels with my husband…what a BEAUTIFUL day in Wyoming! Beautiful scenery, friendly people, new friends and fans, and TONS of wildlife…a 17 hour work day never was so much FUN!

‘Til Next Time — I’m loggin’ my miles!

Kati Hime, Editor

editor@wyolifestyle.com

Did You Know…We’re “Organic”?

That WY Lifestyle Magazine and WY Weddings are created ENTIRELY within the state of Wyoming?! We are! From our contributing writers and photographers…to our design team…to our ad reps…to our printers, even our internet service providers! — they are ALL Wyoming companies.

This is part of what we believe in: Working with Wyoming businesses, not only via our advertising and articles, expos and events, but also in the business that we bring to the economy. When you advertise with us, your dollars go BACK into Wyoming! A friend calls it being “organic” — and we LOVE thinking green over at WLM!

Welcome to our Organically Wyoming Company…We’re here to serve you!

‘Til Next time — I’m thinking organically!

Kati Hime, Editor

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Beauty in Motion

I love to workout. I’m not a super athlete by any means (anyone who has seen me swim can attest to that!), but I do enjoy a good workout every day. As soon as the weather warms, I move my workouts from the Laramie Recreation Center (which is a God send in Wyoming winters!), to the outdoors.

Yesterday was my first outdoor run of the summer, and that ‘summer smell’ in the air inspired me to look around at my surroundings…as they passed by! I was pleased to see the beautiful, vibrant colors all around me: green grass accented by the brown bark of trees; pinks, yellows and reds of flowers; the yellow of dandelions (we seem to have an infestation this year in Laramie!). It was beautiful to watch these colors as I ran.

I returned home from my workout to enjoy our first lunch on the patio as a family — my children discovered the variety of birds that were around our home. At first, we heard one bird, but that quickly led us to discover more and more sounds that we didn’t hear at first — the depth of noise was amazing once we sat silent and listened! It was fascinating, and made me think that this would be a fun family activity of the summer — researching what birds live in Wyoming, and the sounds that they make.

I encourage you to explore your outdoors — even if you’re not the type who enjoys a hike in the woods, explore the world right in your own backyard! Share with us what you find — here on this blog, on Facebook or via Twitter, username wyolifestylemag!

‘Til next time — I’m off to learn something new!

Kati Hime, Editor

Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine

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Sometimes…it just clicks

I had a fantastic two days of networking in Casper and Cheyenne — thank you to the new friends and fans alike. I enjoyed some beautiful sunshine in Casper Tuesday, followed by an interview by KCWY 13’s Britni McDonald on Wednesday morning (bright and early!). Blew around Casper, flew to Cheyenne (or at least it felt like that with the wind!), and enjoyed some great folks down there as well.

The thing that hit me, as I journeyed through my days, are the real people out there, making Wyoming what it is. These people are not just the business owners and leaders in our community — they’re also the employees, the stay-at-home parents, the teachers, the children, the seniors, the volunteers…all together, I have observed that we share a similar value — we appreciate the value of PEOPLE.

I wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank the wonderful people of Wyoming and those who love Wyoming from around the country and the world — you all make what we do so enjoyable. It’s a joy reporting on your lives and communities, but it’s equally a joy getting out there and meeting everyone face-to-face. What a dream job!

We have many new adventures ahead — please stay tuned as we grow…and connect with us! E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, respond to this blog — and let us know why YOU love Wyoming!

‘Til next time — Here’s a shout out to the great people of Wyoming!

Kati Hime, Editor

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Looking for your favorite WY campsites & activities!

We’re polling our readers for your favorite Wyoming campsites and activities! So please, weigh in! Tell us your favorite Wyoming camping spot, and what your favorite activity to do there is… Comment on this blog, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter! See the links below — and enjoy those beautiful WY outdoors!!!

‘Til next time — I’m craving some s’mores… 🙂

Kati Hime

Editor

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WY Public Libraries Make A Splash for Summer!

Last night, my children wanted to create with Legos as a family. As we sat there, my daughter creating a pirate ship that was entitled “Backwards Hat Ship” (because all of the crew had backwards hats), it reminded me of the Lego program our Albany County Public Library is offering for the summer…

This thought inspired me to write about our Wyoming public libraries — I have enjoyed browsing through the different websites around the state this morning, getting to know the programs and enjoying the passion of those people who run our public libraries. There’s something for everyone!

Here are links to the 23 Wyoming county public libraries — tell us about your favorite! Comment here, on our Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wyoming-Lifestyle-Magazine/258768099856?v=wall&ref=ts ) or on Twitter, user name: wyolifestylemag

‘Til next time, I am curling up with a good book! (And encourage YOU to curl up with the latest copy of WY Lifestyle Magazine, or WLM as we call it!)

Kati Hime

Owner/Editor

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Laramie County:  http://www.lclsonline.org/

Albany County: http://acpl.lib.wy.us

Carbon County: http://carboncolibrary.state.wy.us/

Fremont County: http://www.fclsonline.org/index.htm

Campbell County:http://www.cc-pl.org/

Natrona County: http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/

Converse County:http://www.conversecountylibrary.org/

Sweetwater County: http://www.sweetwaterlibraries.com/

Johnson County: http://www.jclwyo.org/

Uinta County: http://www.uintalibrary.org/

Teton County: http://tclib.org/

Sheridan County: http://www.sheridanwyolibrary.org/

Lincoln County: http://linclib.org/

Weston County: http://www-wsl.state.wy.us/weston/

Goshen County: http://www-wsl.state.wy.us/goshen/

Platte County: http://www-wsl.state.wy.us/platte/

Park County: http://parkcountylibrary.org/

Sublette County: http://www.sublettecountylibrary.org/

Hot Springs County: http://www-wsl.state.wy.us/hotsprings/

Washakie County: http://www.washakiecountylibrary.org/

Crook County: http://www-wsl.state.wy.us/crook/

Niobrara County: http://www.niobraracountylibrary.org/

Big Horn County: http://www-wsl.state.wy.us/bighorn/

Laramie’s hit by Hapi-Ness

Today Laramie Junior High School hosts the Hapi-Ness 5K, a benefit run for local families undergoing extreme obstacles. The run became a Laramie tradition in 1987, when the ninth grade organized the first run in honor of Hapi Patterson, their classmate who died of leukemia that year. Over 30 families have received help with medical bills from Hapi-Ness 5K proceeds since that time. This year, the recipients are two Laramie families, both battling with cancer.

Prizes are given for all ages and categories, and LJHS staff have even pitched in with hand-crafted items to be given away at a drawing after the race.

This annual benefit joins the countless others organized by Wyoming citizens, to benefit others in our state. Post a few of your favorites on this blog, our Facebook page or at Twitter (see below)!

Keep on finding your Hapi-Ness…

Kati Hime, Editor

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WLM Summer 2010 Issue

Welcome to our blog! Blogging is a new adventure for us, so we’d love some feedback — leave us some comments and let us know what you’d like to see…both in our magazine as well as on our blog!

We are dedicated to producing a beautiful publication that represents the diverse culture of Wyoming. We are very excited about our Summer 2010 issue of WLM, (our staff’s pet name for WY Lifestyle Magazine), which was released over two weeks ago! We made some design updates to this our second issue, and are VERY excited with the result.

Please check it out! Click on “View our NEW Summer 2010 Issue” on the home page to pull it up. If you have any difficulties viewing it with Internet Explorer or AOL, please e-mail us at editor@wyolifestyle.com.

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