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Sunset • Written by Krista Simmons • February 1, 2024

Sagebrush crushes under my horse’s hooves, wafting a sharp sweetness into the Wyoming air. Tow­ering exfoliated granite, dotted with ponderosa pine, makes way for an ex­pansive azure sky as we ride through Elysian Fields of wild lupine and Indi­an paintbrush. Meadowlarks sing, and aspens quake in the afternoon breeze. It’s an impossibly beautiful landscape fit for a Clint Eastwood film. A sud­den clap of thunder smacks, like clockwork, signaling the arrival of evening in the Laramie Mountains. It’s time to head back to the barn for supper. The storm chases us as we canter along the frontier, and it’s hard not to feel like a poster of an old rodeo.

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