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Witnessing the Great American Eclipse in the Wind River Range

Unzipping the tent screen, I emerged into the dawn of the day of the great eclipse, the 21st of August, 2017. I was camped at Mistake Lake, at an elevation of 10,800 feet, in the Titcomb Basin, located in the center of Wyoming’s Wind River Range. B...

 
 By Tom Gagnon    Opinion    August 16, 2017

Time traveling in the Wind River Range

What if you were on a long trip, and away from all media, and when you came back everything had changed? I always liked the “Planet of the Apes” movies. You go on a little space-ship ride, and look what you come back to. My immediate future...

 
 By Tom Gagnon    Opinion    August 2, 2017

Donald Trump on the range

(Editor note: This column is fiction, but reflects the writer’s views of where the country is headed) Maneuvering the artillery took months longer than anyone had imagined. The impatient commander-in-chief yelled and screamed and twisted and contor...

 
 By Tom Gagnon    Opinion    July 26, 2017

Old Sarum and Wyoming have a lot in common

Old Sarum, in Wiltshire, England, had seven voters, none of whom lived there, and two seats in the House of Commons. No one had actually lived there for two centuries. Elections were held under a tree in the “Election Acre.” Old Sarum came to be...

 
 By Tom Gagnon    Opinion    April 26, 2017

The devil and Donald Trump, a political analogy

Jabez Stone was a New Hampshire farmer. The time was before the Civil War. Things weren’t going well for him. Boulders emerged in his fields, his potatoes got the blight, his corn went to the borers, his horse got spavins, his wife and children...

 
 By Tom Gagnon    Opinion    March 8, 2017

A reflective walk through the Dark Canyon

Walking the land is a form of poetry. My preference is off-trail walking, especially in the high deserts of the west. Every curve and slope, drainage and rock outcropping, becomes an experience. There is no better way to observe animals, plants,...

 
 By Tom Gagnon    Opinion    February 1, 2017

The next economic boom will be Wyoming's last

Booming times for Wyoming’s oil, gas, and coal industries might come again, but the next boom may be the last one, or, at any rate, the booms will become less and less significant. Perhaps something like open warfare breaking out between Saudi...

 
 By Tom Gagnon    Opinion    January 4, 2017

Solar is the future Wyoming can't ignore

Riding with my friend John in his Nissan Leaf, an electric vehicle, the car made no sound at all. With the windows open you can hear the changing of gears on nearby bicycles, and you can hear the breeze in the branches over the boulevards. We were...

 

A jolting experience leads to gun control thoughts

Finding the body was a jolting experience. The skull was facing upwards. He had a full row of upper teeth, but the lower jaw was gone. What might have been a t-shirt covered his upper rib cage, but it looked like animals had been gnawing. Arm bones...

 
 By Tom Gagnon    Opinion    October 19, 2016

A hike in Utah ends with memorable find

Spotting the crack in the cliff from the dry floor of the canyon, it looked to require an ascent of about 300 feet on loose scree, some bushwhacking, and then a short climb. What I was looking for, I didn’t know, but probably would once I found...

 

The caveman and the bobcat

I sometimes camp under rock overhangs of about 5-50 feet deep, and a few to several feet high and wide. Here I’ll just call them caves. In the summertime I don’t generally camp in them, because there are too many critters like snakes and...

 
 By Tom Gagnon    Opinion    May 25, 2016

Coal and orange jump suits

At least now we have something to do with the rainy-day fund, and some people may need orange jump suits. It just seemed like a big hole in the ground, and how could that be bad out on the empty prairie. It was four decades ago. Cities like...

 

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