Celebration of Life

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Going home again...


Star Valley, Wyoming looking east. This little valley is very close to the Idaho border and was originally settled by Mormon immigrants. When I lived there in the mid 80's the population was 95% Mormon. For those of us who did not share their beliefs, we gathered every Sunday in a small one room cabin church. We were a small crowd of not more than 20 including our children. We all became very close and my best friend to this day is still Tonie. I always feel like I am going home when I go to visit her. It doesn't matter how much time and distance there has been between us, we pick up right where we left off. Tonie's friendship is one that I cherish and always will.


Tonie and Ray's country home; my home away from home!


View from the kitchen window...you can't really tell it by this photo but it is snowing very hard. I gave Tonie that blue bottle and she would not let me have it back! LOL



Only in Wyoming do you see this kind of "Rush Hour" traffic! It was about minus 18 degrees when I took this picture. I am thankful that I don't make my living off the land! Thank you Tonie and Ray for your friendship and hospitality!

14 Comments:

  • At January 24, 2008 at 7:01 AM , Blogger Ms. Creek said...

    Glad you had such a good trip with your lifelong friend! I'm going to see mine this weekend in a small town with about as much snow!

    love ya jo jo!

     
  • At January 24, 2008 at 8:35 AM , Blogger A.Bananna said...

    looks like you had fun!! too cold for my thin blood. :)

    that is a different rush hour than what we are used to down here. lol. at least the cows dont have road rage issues! lol. :)

    I love you aunt JO!

     
  • At January 24, 2008 at 9:04 AM , Blogger San said...

    Love, love, love these gorgeous photos, Jo! What a magnificent view towards the mountains.

    Looking at Tonie's house makes me want to stay home and make soup. It's the picture of sweet domestic bliss. And I can't blame her at all for refushing to relinquish the blue bottle--it looks oh-so-perfect sitting there on the sill.

    That's the kind of rush hour traffic I'd rather deal with. Or maybe not. Guess I'm not really cowgirl material. : -)

     
  • At January 24, 2008 at 12:24 PM , Blogger velvetginger said...

    Beautiful & Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
    makes me homesick.

     
  • At January 24, 2008 at 1:02 PM , Blogger CHEWY said...

    At first glance I thought the view through the kitchen window was a painting. Beautiful snow photos. (shivers)

     
  • At January 24, 2008 at 5:05 PM , Blogger A.Bananna said...

    I thought it was to chewy! lol. hahaha!!! Wyoming is so beautiful! I miss it!

     
  • At January 25, 2008 at 5:57 AM , Blogger Ms. Creek said...

    brrr, that is cold looking...looks like pinedale in the early 70s...like the pic of gramma and grampa on my blog!

     
  • At January 25, 2008 at 9:10 AM , Blogger Lynetta said...

    Beautiful pictures, JoJo! I loved going to visit you while you lived in Afton--back when Lolly and I were little enough to sleep in the same twin bed LOL. Makes me homesick too. Love you lots!

     
  • At January 25, 2008 at 4:20 PM , Blogger velvetginger said...

    Glad you made it home safe to be a Rock Springs Rat again!!!

     
  • At January 26, 2008 at 12:23 AM , Blogger B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

    Whare ar the cowboy hats? I wantid to chek witch way rownd they had them!

     
  • At January 26, 2008 at 8:43 AM , Blogger Celebration of Life said...

    Bob, cowboy hats are worn for shade. At -18 degrees, these cowboys need warmth over their ears.

     
  • At January 27, 2008 at 2:29 PM , Blogger david mcmahon said...

    Love the ``rush hour'' traffic picture. It is so so different from what we see here, especially as we are in summer now!!

     
  • At January 27, 2008 at 4:20 PM , Blogger BBC said...

    I lived in and around Casper for a while when around 10, as I remember it was a dump.

    When through it a few times when I was long haul trucking, and still thought it was a dump.

    There are some lovely places in that state, but not Casper.

     
  • At January 28, 2008 at 8:26 AM , Blogger Jeni said...

    Great post and pictures along with a tribute to good friendship - something if we're lucky, everyone should have at least one friend such as you described here.

     

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