Fact: Wyoming has the lowest population of all 50 United States. (they are about to add two new part time residents!)
We are now property owners in Wyoming! I’ve got to admit that I wasn’t very receptive to the idea initially, my reasons being that Wyoming is much too far away and that we’d always feel obligated to go there to get our money’s worth out of it, and who would manage the property when we weren’t there, and we’d only be able to go once the snow melts or before it begins to fall anew, etc. etc.
Sure, we had talked about a vacation home somewhere, someday, but I always thought it would be in the Texas Hill Country.
However, Joel has been going to Wyoming for years, and this summer, he took me with him. I’m sure it was with the ulterior motive to hook me into the lifestyle, just as he hooks the beautiful trout along the Platte River and other waterways up there.
My vision of a vacation home has always been of one out in the country with nobody around; I guess I was thinking about my aunt’s home in Utopia which was my idea of heaven. There are no immediate neighbors, and the night vistas have a 360 degree view of the gorgeous heavens.
We actually looked at some properties like this in WY, and there was one that I absolutely loved. I could just picture myself in that house.
However, Joel was leaning towards buying property within the “Old Baldy Club”, an established private community in Saratoga which IS a real community. It’s got all the gorgeous mountain and river vistas, plus all the other amenities that make life easy, safe and comfortable. And it’s got those high elevation starry nights, which is extra important to me.
So instead of driving 40 miles to the grocery store in Laramie, we can just pop into Saratoga and pick up everything we need at the store there or at the drug store, hardware store, liquor store, fly shop (important!) none of which are convenient to the other remote properties we visited.
Visitors, including (hopefully) grandkids will be able to swim, bike, golf, fish, ride horses, eat in the clubhouse, etc. etc. all within the safe perimeter of the club.
( The Old Baldy Club)
All of these reasons are what finally convinced me to agree to this purchase. We had thought about buying an existing home (which needed a lot of work), but ended up with a beautiful lot that is just waiting for a special house that Joel already has envisioned.
For years, we planned and saved to put our Shannon through college and then pay for her wedding. After this summer, we’ve checked the last of those two items off our list, and now it is our time.
This will be an interesting journey, and you can bet when this house is complete, that we (including Tucker) will spend many happy summer days up in the cooler climes of Wyoming!
Note: Pewperson will return on Friday, Nov. 11