Veggie Voyagers

Couple travelled 30 states and 3 Canadian provinces between 7/07 and 5/08 running their 1987 Ford truck on straight veggie oil. The blog continues with a focus on the natural world and energy politics from a personal perspective

Friday, September 20, 2013

Wind River

 We are in Lander, Wyoming. It hasn't been an exciting day but I did pick up on a couple of things I wanted to mention.... (inserting some more shots from Legend Rock.. the ancient hieroglyphs made by the ancestors of the Eastern Shoshone.)
 Last night we parked by this southern terminal end of the Boysen Reservoir which is a state park carved out of the Wind River Reservation, where both Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapahoe (traditional enemy) people live-- about 23,000 people, with the central town being Riverton which we rolled through a few hours ago.
 Along the road there were references to the Sand Creek Massacre Trail. I had to look that up. Apparently in 1864 a Methodist preacher led his militia to massacre about 100, mostly women and children, of Cheyenne and Arapaho villagers in Colorado. The Northern Arapaho survivors have designated a route of remembrance. Every reservation has roots deep in trauma... I look around at the new casino, the dilapidated mobiles, the well to do large bottom-land ranches. Only grabbing up impressions and not even knowledge.
We are in Lander. About to move up into the Shoshone National Forest. Here in Lander they are planning their One Shot Antelope Hunt... even Cheney, that grand hunter, will be here. The antelope dot the Wind River basin in little groups, even out on the vast oil fields...sitting ducks to the descendants of the European migration experiment.


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