Wyoming Update

IMG_8432I leave for Wyoming in two months. Since I have been preparing for this adventure since the fall, this summer feels like the home stretch. I have taken 2 horseback riding lessons so far and I think my total time in the saddle amounts to about a half an hour. I have a few books on order that my spiritual director has recommended including The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues: Finding Our Way Home by Sandra Maitri and Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrilch. But really, I think the best advice I have gotten so far has been from my neighbor, who is an honest-to-goodness cowboy and former rodeo star. One of his rodeo stories inspired the name of my blog – although he is none the wiser about this fact. He has traveled extensively in Wyoming (or as he says “Y-O-min”), and had some definite opinions on exactly what I need for my trip . . .

“What are you plannin’ on wearin’ in Y-O-min?”
“Well, I’m going to pack light. A couple of pairs of jeans, shirts, my boots, a sweater and I want a really good hat.”
“Are you taking those New York City jeans you wear?”
Actually, I think Old Navy is headquartered in California, but I didn’t think that would help. “Uhh . . . should I get some Levis?”
Outraged: “Levis?! They’re worse than those NYC jeans. You get off the plane in Levis, they’ll know you’re not a cowboy. You need some Wranglers. Cowboy cut. Go to Jacksons uptown and get you some.”
“OK.” I didn’t dare ask if Wrangler cowboy cuts came in petites. And even if they do, I doubt they will provide enough cowboy cred for anyone to think I’m the real thing.
“Now, what’s your hat size?”
“Honey, women haven’t known their hat size since Jackie Kennedy was in the White House.”
“Your. Cowboy. Hat. Size.”
Blushing: “Don’t know. I’ve never owned a cowboy hat. I’m from New Jersey, remember?”
Gives me the you-poor-Yankee look that I know all too well. “You’re probably a 7 1/4. You want a Resistol. It’ll cost more, but you’ll have it for the rest of your life. Go to Jacksons uptown and get you one.”


Obviously, he operates under the assumption that the clothes make the man . . . or the woman. And actually, I have been to Jacksons. Once. My parents took me there for my 21st birthday to buy a pair of cowboy boots – and maybe that ups my cowboy cred somehow.

If you have any advice on horses, books, jeans, hats, boots or breathing at 9,000 feet above sea level, I’d love to hear it.

18 thoughts on “Wyoming Update

  1. I grew up in Montana, right next door to Wyoming. My one piece of advise is don’t tuck your wranglers into your tony llamas. And have fun!

  2. Sheila, Yes! You will need a coat or at least a warm jacket! Out west here it can be blazing hot during the day, but cold in the morning and evening. (And I’m only at 4,797 ft.) Any time we go to Wyoming – even in the middle of the summer – I make sure to bring a warm jacket or coat, light gloves and and a hat. Which city will you be near again?

  3. So funny, as always! Love the dialogue between you and your cowboy neighbor.

    The only advice I can think of is to be prepared for airport security. Asheville may have one of the most thorough security checks in the country! Keep the Lusty Monk Mustard, the pocketknives, and Himalayan salt lamp at home! And you’ll be just fine.

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