March 20th, 2011

Rawlins, Wyoming

I spent a day here during my 2010 TransAmerica Trail bicycle ride, just as I did in Baker City, Oregon. It was fun to pass through each of them again.

On a less pleasant topic...

This Laramie bar, currently named "JJ's" but named "Fireside Lounge" at the time, is the last place Mr. Shepard was seen alive (by anyone other than the knuckledraggers who killed him, of course).

I realize this is a grim topic, but given that JJ's is currently for sale ($275,000) this was probably my last chance to photograph a turning point in GLBT history, at least as regards the degree to which bashing gay people was considered acceptable by the general public.

As I understand it his attackers attempted a wide variety of defenses at their trial, including claiming that Mr. Shepard flirted with them - as if that were any kind of reason to torture and kill someone even if it was true.

Still at the statue...

Amusingly, as you can see between the candle and the tipped-over vase, one would-be pilgrim chose to leave a packet of mini-doughnuts as his or her offering.

At the Nebraska state line

The noble sign you see here in this modern-day daguerreotype stands in mute testament to the truth: Arbor Day was INDEED created in Nebraska, back in 1872 if I (and by that I mean Wikipedia) remember correctly.

Here's my constructive suggestion, though: that we rename "Valentine's Day" as "Ardor Day."

Then we'd have both an Arbor Day and an Ardor Day.

The Arnett-Fullen House in Boulder, Colorado

This building, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1877, is genuinely remarkable.

I like to think it's what Jane Austen would have created had she become lost in Second Life.

Boulder's Tesla dealership

This is a fully electric sports car, currently recharging (as you can see).

Apparently it has a 250 mile range, can go from 0mph to 60mph in under four seconds, has a top speed of 125mph, and is twice as energy-efficient as a Prius.