Second home

Posted: August 29, 2017 in Travel
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(Obviously I didn’t make it clear when I started posts about my Wyoming trip that I’ve already been there and am now back home, writing these as though you’re coming along with me.  🙂 So thanks for the wishes for a great trip.  I had one and now I hope you’ll have one, too. )

Just as hobbits have second breakfasts, I have a second home, one I’ve been coming to for over 40 years.  Arriving at the cabin feels like coming home.  But just as at home, I must have supplies.  We’ll need to make several stops in Sheridan before I take you up the mountain.

First comes the library.  Stocking up on books is key when the nearest library is 45 minutes away.  Next, groceries.  Although I brought several boxes of supplies/necessities, I have to get the rest of what I need for my recipes.  Have everything you need?  Let’s head up the mountain.

The unpaved, generally unimproved road is the Red Grade Road. Yeah, it’s quite rough this year with lots of loose rock.  Fifteen miles per hour is about the limit, up or down.  (This is what makes meal planning vital!) The van doesn’t have four-wheel drive, but it goes up pretty well. We’re over 7,000′ now.  And here’s the cabin.  Let’s haul all the bags and boxes in, have some dinner, and sit on the porch enjoying the view.

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View from the porch

No phone coverage (unless you have a satellite phone), very slow, sometimes sporadic internet, no TV (except for watching DVD’s).  I have bags of books, boxes of things to do, several shelves of puzzles, and  a horse to ride tomorrow.  Early to bed is a good idea.


A quiet morning, mist hanging low over the grazing horses, the lake shrouded.  Only just above 40 degrees.  A cup of Ito En green tea waits for me and a day of leisure stretches before me.  I’m haunted by the songs from the “Lord of the Rings” CD’s, haunted as in they won’t get out of my head!  I read once that if you shake your head hard, that will shut off the “earworm”, but I have my doubts.  

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© janet m. webb

Beauty in all weather

Day’s done and it’s back to the porch.  Would you like a beer or some tea?  Listen to the quiet.  As Scarlett famously said, “Tomorrow is another day.”

© janet m. webb




  1. Sue says:

    Hmmmm…very remote!

    • Not in miles, but it does take some time to get there. On the weekends, there are quite a few people who come up on four-wheelers or to camp and hike. But the rest of the time, it’s mostly just whomever is at their cabins during that time. Being somewhat remote is one of it’s pluses for me. 🙂


  2. Tish Farrell says:

    What beautiful country, Janet. A place to restore all the parts, and a porch to sit on and BE 🙂

  3. Suzanne says:

    Gosh I would love to be in that tipi.

  4. Quite a transition from city to real country. Glad you have your go to special place. 🙂

    • I thank my parents often for buying it all those years ago, Judy. It’s a true blessing.


      • Joanne Sisco says:

        Reading this post reminded me of the cabin we had when I was growing up. We called it simply The Island because of where it’s located. My sister owns it now … remote, like your cabin … requiring a boat and car drive, including rough dirt roads, to get any supplies.

        I returned there this summer for the first time in a dozen years … so I have a pretty good idea of how your soul feels returning to this place where the rest of the world feels like another universe away with only sunrises and sunsets to mark time.

      • What a wonderful day that must have been, Joanne. I’m so happy for you.


  5. Dan Antion says:

    I’d love a beer, but now that you mention in, tea might be nice. Thanks for bringing us along, Janet.

    • When it’s chilly, tea really hits the spot. I can’t offer coffee, as I don’t drink it except for an occasional mocha or cappuccino. Your choice, Dan, beer or tea. We have plenty more days for you to have the one you didn’t pick today. 🙂

  6. what a gorgeous place just to be. And to be able to ride as well! -Icing on the cake. Who takes care of the horse?

    • There’s a caretaker and a couple of helpers for the entire summer and during the winter, the horses run free on a 100,000 acre ranch.


      • Oh Janet, I’m green with envy. Though I love our farm in Connecticut, it’s all work and no play; when we have had horses here its very little riding and lots of daily work. And there are no wide open spaces.

      • This is really the ideal way to have horses, at least for us, living in a large Chicago suburb. Keeping horses here would be heinously expensive and places to ride very limited. The cost for five horses in the Wyoming situation, including the small fee/month for the winter, is probably less than two months of boarding a horse elsewhere and the places to ride are wonderful.

      • Enjoy your good fortune. And give thanks for the folks who are stewards of the land and make all that possible for you.!

      • Oh, I do. I thank the Lord for letting my parents find out about the place so they could get in all those years ago! It’s truly a one-of-a-kind situation and such a blessing!

  7. So gorgeous it gives me goosebumps to see it. Part of my heart lives in the Rockies, even if I’m not able to. Thanks for sharing your trip 🙂

    • These are actually the Bighorn Mountains, Madison, but they’re part of the whole western US Rockies & co., so I know what you mean. I’m so happy that you’re enjoying the trip with me as it gives me great pleasure to be able to share it this way.


  8. joey says:

    I have tea and a view, and oh, how I love to listen to the silence. What a beautiful place, Janet. How serene.

  9. mz&cho says:

    Mist in the forest. Just love it!

  10. JT Twissel says:

    I love mist in the trees. That would be my kind of weather!

  11. Su Leslie says:

    I’m so glad you had a great time Janet. It looks like such a beautiful, soul-restoring place.

  12. If the fog has burned off and it hot up there I’d like an ice cold beer otherwise tea, nice and hot for me please, one sugar with a wee dram of milk please. Oh how I’d love up there!

    • I think you might want to stick with tea, Deborah, at least for today. It didn’t really get hot until the last few days.

      I know you’d love it. It’s just wonderful.


  13. restlessjo says:

    I love the hazy, foggy shot, Janet. I’ll pass on the green tea though 🙂 🙂
    We had a power cut here from midday yesterday to 4 this morning so we were Wifi-less and just about everything else-less. Fortunately we had candles and wine, and found some batteries for the old radio for background music.

  14. marianallen says:

    No wonder you love it there! How beautiful it is! I don’t know about shaking your head really hard; I get rid of earworms by humming a counter-earworm until they cancel each other out. “It’s a Small World” is a good one.

  15. thirdeyemom says:

    Looks like such a beautiful place Janet and such a wonderful escape.

  16. dweezer19 says:

    I love the mist. And, yes to the beer!

  17. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Very pretty Janet but too chilly for me!

    • It was unusually cool this trip, Anita. Sometimes it’s quite hot (80’s F), which is hotter than I need it to be in the mountains. However, we have baseboard heating and plenty of blankets, electric or otherwise, and plenty of hot tea, so don’t stay away. 🙂

  18. JANE says:

    Hi Janet-
    Cool weather, a beautiful view, quiet, your favorite activities, and… a horse! Sounds like you had the perfect retreat.

  19. I don’t know why but I love misty mornings. Sitting on a screened porch or on a cruise ship deck, I marvel at the way the day unfolds as the mist rises. You have spectacular views. Enjoy all of your time there. 😊😎

    • Issy, I’ve been back for almost two weeks now, but I have a wonderful time. Misty mornings are indeed wonderful, but because I ride in the mornings when I’m at the cabin, I prefer misty afternoons. 🙂


  20. I can get some of that same feeling at my own home. It is quiet here. There are clocks and my incessant cat, but, for the most part, quiet reigns most of the early day and late night where I live.
    Glad you enjoyed your trip. i have been getting songs stuck in my head lately. Will have to try the “shake head” method. I have tried all else. lol

  21. Dina says:

    What a wonderful place! Lovely impressions, Janet.

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