Thursday, September 20, 2012

Spin Cycle--You Can't Go Homa Again

This week's Spin Cycle is all about your hometown.  This is an interesting question for me.  I was born in Hollywood Florida, lived in Missouri, California and then landed in Wyoming all by the time I was seven.
The town I consider my hometown is Buffalo, Wyoming.  It's a very small town.  Currently it has a population of around 5000.  When I was growing up there, the population was closer to 3200.  Small indeed.
We had three seasons growing up--tourist season, hunting season and winter.  The mountains are literally in the back yard--you drove 15 minutes out of town and you were in the Big Horns.  I spent a lot of time in the mountains with my family growing up.
However, I never really liked the town.  Growing up it was obvious that we were not of the haves, we were have nots.  I was nerdy and a bookworm and just never really fit in.  I was very happy to get out when I headed to college. I went home for breaks but soon found that I was making excuses not to go home.  I was making a new home in Laramie, Wyoming, where I had met Nick.
Now Laramie is my home town and I'm quite content to only visit Buffalo on rare occasions.  Buffalo does have a lot to offer for the traveler though--it is an easy half day drive from Yellowstone, and from the Black Hills.  It's right on the intersection of I90 and I25.
Check out the website dedicated to Buffalo.
Check out the once a week paper as well.
Looking North up Main Street.

Looking south down Main Street

The huge outdoor pool I lifeguarded at for three summers.
 Pictures courtesy of Google images
For a place to grow up it wasn't bad, it just didn't have a lot of options. And since I never felt I fit in there, I was relieved to leave.  I found a place I fit in far better.
Go see Gretchen for more Hometown spins.
Second Blooming


  1. Interesting hometown! Mine was very boring, although on the Oprah Winfrey Show one time it said that many of our country's hit men live in my hometown! :/

  2. It's interesting to read about other's hometowns and how they feel about them. My hometown is very small - like, pop. of 1000, if that - and there's a lot to dislike about it. Yet I love it here, and have never really left...

  3. When I was a little girl, we always went on car trips through sweet little towns like Buffalo, and I always dreamed of living there. But I know I'd end up stir crazy! Laramie sounds like a great city - large enough to have some sophistication, but still small enough and close enough to the great outdoors.

    You'll be linked by this afternoon!

  4. how lovely looks like something out of a movie

  5. It seems like something out of a movie, unless you live there, I guess :)

  6. Very pretty - but I guess home is where the love is (it's that way in my case anyway - wherever my husband is is home to me). Also, it's not easy to live somewhere you don't fit in. I've changed so much since I left my NC hometown that I think I would stick out like a sore thumb!

  7. When we were traveling through Wyoming this summer, I mentioned to the hubby that if I were to change my mind 'where' to move to (you know, instead of moving back to where I grew up) that I'd pick one of three places - Texas, Montana or Wyoming. Guess the cowgirl in me longs for cool places like that. ;)

    Homesick for my Hometown – Washington State


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