Monday, November 30, 2009

Giant Train in Douglas Wyoming

During the Thanksgiving holiday we took a little trip to see the home of the Jackelope in Douglas, Wyoming. While there we discovered a Train Museum. Can you believe the size of this steam train Tyler is standing by? Crazy Ay?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

History of Register Cliff

This cliff is on the North Platte River near Guernsey Wyoming. If you click on the photo, it will explain the history. Thousands of names have been carved here by pioneers.

Pioneer Name From The Past

Register Cliff on the North Platte River near Guernsey Wyoming.

History Wagon Ruts

These ruts are just outside of Guernsey Wyoming near the North Platte River (the same river that runs by our house 140 miles to the northwest of here).

Pioneer Heritage

Ruts cut in stone by wagons heading west. Our ancestors traveled through this area ( Mortenson side of the family Diedrick Mortenson and on Sheilas side Milo Andrus).

Wagon Ruts Cut Through Rock

More Wagon Ruts on the Oregon/Pioneer Trail near Guernsey, Wyoming.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Most Current Work of Art

Julia brought this piece of artwork home today. She said it took two days to complete. (Age 9 and in the fourth grade).

Julia's Summer Theme and Self Portrait

Julia has been enjoying her art class at Paradise Valley Elementary here in Casper. She produced these works of art over the past few weeks.

Vase of Flowers

Tyler (age 6 First Grade) drew this picture in his art class at Paradise Valley Elementary. Pretty Cool Huh!

Tank War Cannon - Local Casper History

There is a real story behind this old cannon that Julia is sitting on. In 1921 a lightning storm ignited several oil storage tanks just north of town. As they burned, little if any equipment was available to fight the infernos.

A few of the the men working in the field determined if holes were bored into the lower part of the storage tanks, the oil could be drained out and pumped away leaving no fuel for the fire.

These men, Ex- World War I Artillery veterans built this cannon in a shop and shot the tanks at the base. Six homemade cannonballs found their mark, two buried themselves under the tanks, and one ricocheted into the distance. The idea was successful and the fires were extinguished.

Chicken Roper

I took this picture of Tyler last May. This bronze statue is out in front of one of the local banks. Kind of fun Ay? Casper is full of bronze statuary.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tyler Dane's Seventh Birthday Part 1

Tyler had a great time at his party even though he was under the weather.

B-Day 7 for Tyler Dane Part 2

Having fun with the Remote Control Four-Wheeler in the living room.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Monolithic Monsters

We are being invaded by giant windmills. Within three months this wind farm exploded on the eastern horizon of Casper. It's amazing to see them from an up close and personal perspective.

Wind Power

These giants are amazing. No, not Julia and Tyler, the windmills in the background (Although Julia and Tyler are amazing too). Each propeller is 130 feet long. Special semi trucks carry them through town and are a sight to behold. An average semi is around 60 feet long, imagine a truck over 130 feet in length. Now that's incredible!!!

Picture Window

Sorry about the over exposure around the kitchen window and the waterspots on the glass, however, I believe the sunset justifies my actions. What a view. Another great sunset brought to you by Wyoming Western Skies. Isn't it Great!