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Well, guys, it's been pretty wacky weather here in Wyoming, too. Hot June and July, followed by a moderate August, and d---ned little precipitation. But, fall is in the air. Thursday, I ventured north to a rancher client's place west of Big Piney and we spent most of the day in the Wyoming Range at 8000 - 8500'. Lots of gold patches amongst the green in the aspen groves. About 50 degrees most of the day. Then, on Friday afternoon, my wife and I headed north to my rancher cousin's place west of Meeteetse, Wyoming. Always an enjoyable trip: north to Farson, then northeast over South Pass to Lander, then on north to Thermopolis through Wind River Canyon in the Owl Creek Range, then northwest out of Thermop and over to Meeteetse. Two miles west, take a hard left turn onto a dirt and gravel road and a couple or three miles later, my cousin's place. You can actually see the stars at night.

As for fall in the air, it was 42 yesterday morning at his place and never got above 50, with a chilly west wind. This morning it was 40, got up to 44 by the time we left around 3. Highest temp the car thermometer showed all the way home was about 54 in Riverton. Drove in the clouds over South Pass, heavy fog and drizzle for almost 20 miles (might have been a couple of snow flakes, too, unless my eyes were fooling me, temp. 37 over the Pass). Trees beginning to turn up there, too. Cousin's step son told me over a beer last evening that he's already seen a little snow on Carter Mountain in the Abasaroka's, where their cattle Forest Service permit is located. Said the aspens up there had been turning for the last couple or three weeks. Said he's seen lots of wolves and grizzleys this summer, too.

Fun trip, but always lovely to get home.

Fall's just around the corner.

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