The Wyoming Towns of Pinedale, Jackson, and Dubois

I passed a few days in the northwest Wyoming towns of Pinedale, Jackson, and Dubois. I hope to return someday.

Fremont Lake in Pinedale, Wyoming.

A rest stop for 1000 bicyclists riding in the cold early morning air of a mountain pass near Jackson, Wyoming. I waited until the warm afternoon arrived before riding my bike.

Forest floor on the mountain above Fremont Lake, elevation 9500'. Many people park their cars at the summit and hike for several days.

The tinkerers of Teardrops n Tiny Travel Trailers group, tnttt.com, visited Pinedale and Jackson the week i arrived. Some of the members also customize cargo trailers like the one I use.

Glaciers north of Jackson, Wyoming. These are probably part of Yellowstone Park.

There is no such thing as a jackelope! It's only a tourist trap in Dubois, Wyoming.

As shown in the mural at the KOA in Laramie, Wyoming is wonderful in summer and unbearable the rest of the year.

Scenery near Jackson, Wyoming.

Alpine lake at the summit of Towgotee Pass between Jackson and Dubois, Wyoming.

Various species of bighorn sheep at the Bighorn Sheep Museum in Dubois, Wyoming. They displayed the heads of about a dozen others.

Petroglyphs at the Bighorn Sheep Museum in Dubois, Wyoming.

House on the Wind River in Dubois, Wyoming.

Frightening backyard on the Wind River.

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A Pair of Bucks with Big Racks

I thought I had chased all the deer away from our property but two of the biggest and bravest bucks decided to risk returning. Fortunately, they left the strawberries alone. Mary took the pictures and Venus sent them scurrying for their lives. Even in old age, Venus is a ferocious killer.

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California Realtor Climbs Horsetooth Rock

California realtor Carol Whitley and I climbed Horsetooth Rock this past weekend. Mary hiked most of the trip, too, but her knee was incapable of climbing the last bit of rocks. The view from 2200′ above Fort Collins is spectacular.

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Fifi the B29 Superfortress Visits Colorado

The only remaining WWII Boeing B29 Superfortress, Fifi, flew over us but we didn’t see much, as you can see below. We tried to take a tour at the airport but the wait was 2 hours so we bailed. Fifi flew over our house a couple of days later, looming large, and I saw much more but it only lasted 2 seconds. The B29 Enola Gay dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. Fifi’s owners also brought Bucket of Bolts, a plane used to train WWII pilots.

Fifi the B29 is in the upper right corner.

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Biking at a Colorado Mountain Reservoir

Mary and I rode our electric bikes along the eastern edge of Horsetooth Reservoir and the Overland Trail in Fort Collins, Colorado last weekend. We couldn’t have pedaled the steep hills without electricity.

Every reservoir in Colorado is overflowing and cottonwood trees 50 feet tall are drowning under 20 feet of water but the excess can’t be stored in lakes Mead and Powell or sold to save dying crops in California, due to political failures. There will be a so-called “drought” in 5 years where the government will tell us to let our lawns die.

Old cottonwood tree drowning in overflowing Horsetooth Reservoir.

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Wierd Al is Always Relevant

I’ve been listening to Wierd Al for 35 years and he never seems to age and be displaced by younger entertainers, as Jay Leno was replaced recently by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. His latest parodies business managers who butcher the English language. The Upstart Business Journal describes the creation of the video.

My pet peeve is the use of “on a regular basis”, which can always be replaced by the beautiful English word, “regularly”. The “-ly” suffix added to “regular” produces this beauty, as any elementary schoolchild can attest and many adults forget.

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A Chilean Explains How Foreigners Can Prosper in Chile

The Chilean author of a blog about business opportunities in Chile has responded to my post, Why You Should NOT Move to Santiago, Chile. Some of the points he makes are in my post, Why You Should Move to Santiago, Chile but he adds other info, too. He wrote on his blog about why you should invest in Chile.

The remainder of this post are his words.

Every country has pros and cons around the world, and you choose your ecosystem where to live for different reasons.

Some insights to create a business. I am certain that if you want to start running a copper mine wherever around the world you will need many authorizations during a year at least to run it, depending of the scale, location, the mineral, environmental studies, etc. That it is the business world, and people comes to this leading country on the mining industry. But if you want to start as contractor for the mining industry in Chile, you create the company and during the same week you are on business.

Regarding your complaint about banking restrictions it is not only for foreigners, they are applied also to Chileans. They started more than 40 years ago, and the restriction applied to foreigners, has kept the country out financial bubbles. Because short term capital inflows mostly don’t come to Chile, due to such restrictions. Secondly, Chile has been the country receiving more foreign investment during the last 40 years, only after Brazil and Mexico, which are giant economies compared to Chile. So, the restrictions had been effective to finance real long term productive projects and provide stability to the country.

Regarding the high cost of traveling trough Chile, it is also something paid by Chileans. We are a narrow country, very long, a broken geography and a small population. And we live happy here. We have choosen to have ecotourism, fly fishing, birdwatching, skiing, cruising, sky observation, dessert and mountain trekking, rainforest observation, and other more selective options for tourism. The reason? Wilderness needs to be protected. We don’t want hordes of people destroying and contaminating everything. We can not have mass tourism. Brazil is a huge country and can have mass tourism. Argentina size is also more than 3 times larger than Chile, so prices, services and other things can be cheaper for simple scale of operation.

But Chile has been the leading economy of Latin America during the last 25 years in average rate of growth. Stability has a price, and foreigners that have come to live and stay value it. Keeping political stability, a well respected legal system, property rights, etc, are assets that people looking for a long stay, value very much. Clearly Chile is not cheap for a short visit. There are other countries for such election.

Chile has been at the top of Latin America on the classification of our debt and we have the lowest country risk in Latin America. This has has happened during the last 40 years.

Your comment regarding the limitation to hire foreign Personnel in Chile is misleading for newcomers. There is a restriction, but when a business needs a skilled foreigner, there is no limitation at all. The company hiring you, presents the application !!

People that is living comfortable on his home country, with his family, a good job, on a peaceful environment, doesn’t move as immigrant. He doesn’t need to leave his comfort zone. People seeking for new opportunities are going to the unknown because they are not having a good time at their home country. That it is the primary reason. I am certain that searching for air conditioning it is not on their priorities. People moves because he is not being able to provide support for his family or because poverty is the only future that he sees ahead, or because crime or war are threatening his family. Or because he is looking 20 years ahead and he sees that his kids would not be able to buy a real estate in Europe when they may become older, because it will not be affordable. But in Chile or South America it is still possible to secure that future for your kids.

So, whoever has choosen to stay in Chile, be a layman from Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, or a skilled worker from Europe, Argentina, Brazil, etc all of them are most than welcome. My grandparents came very young from Spain almost 80 years ago, because they were having a rough time there. The first settlers to USA were all having a fancy time at England, Ireland or Europe before they move to New England? I don’t think so. By the way, there are many Americans and Europeans coming as business owners. Everyone is welcomed. The layman, the skilled person and the businessman.

Sorry to be your contradictor on the points I wrote. I don’t want to extend further this post, but I hope to assist some of your potential readers with a different view, based on more than 25 years of experience assisting foreigners in Chile.

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An Odyssey into the Abyss of Santiago, Chile

Developer Ace Team of Santiago, Chile has released a new game, Abyss Odyssey. The game was reviewed by Metro magazine of Britain, who gave it a 6/10 rating.

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The Pronghorn Antelope Herd of Virginia Dale, Colorado

The pronghorn antelope is one of the most amazing animals, combining speed that is second only to cheetahs with the stamina of humans. Pronghorns were forced to run fast by the cheetahs that once roamed North America. According to Popular Mechanics, pronghorns can beat cheetahs in any race greater than a quarter-mile and run a marathon in 45 minutes. They can’t run upright like us or sweat but Wikipedia states, “Compared to its body size, the pronghorn has a large windpipe, heart, and lungs to allow it to take in large amounts of air when running.”

A pronghorn herd roams the grasses of Virginia Dale, Colorado, near the Wyoming border and Laramie, where Mary snapped pictures yesterday as we returned to Colorado from the Snowy Range near Centennial, Wyoming. The visitors center nearby on I-80 in Laramie features taxidermy pronghorns. The video below shows them running at top speed and speculates about predators that spurred them to run fast.

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The Glacial Lake Marie of the Wyoming Snowy Range

It's never summer at glacial Lake Marie. We dressed warmly even though it was one of the hottest days of the year.

Mary and I drove from Walden, Colorado, north to the most spectacular sight in southern Wyoming, Lake Marie, at the summit of the Snowy Range near Centennial, Wyoming, about 20-30 miles west of Laramie. We were tired and pressed for time, cramming much into 2 days, so we didn’t hike the trail but I’m sure we’ll try it someday. The drive was very scenic and we didn’t remember it because the last time we were there was 10 years ago. We saw many motorcyclists with video cameras mounted to their helmets. We passed a herd of 3 moose 40 feet away after we continued driving but decided they were too close to safely snap their picture.

We rode our bikes through the small towns of Riverside and Encampment and ate lunch at an island in the middle of the North Platte River in Saratoga. Like the Saratogas in New York and California, the Saratoga of Wyoming contains mineral hot springs.

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