Its Labor Day and the two stores, three bar, Main Street of Meeteetse is booming. Cowgirls and cowboys roam freely even if there are only 50 of them. [Area population is only 353]. Honestly, I count more horses, slowly ambling by in pick-up truck towed trailers, than all the people, including kids, combined. Yet, the holiday is as it should be in Wyoming.
OK, I too am decked out like a cowboy wearing boots, jeans adorned with an oversized jade belt buckle and black Stetson hat purchased on my last Dream Walk visit to this fascinating state. But, hey at lunch earlier in the day dressed in running shorts, a New York Marathon shirt and faded New York Yankees hat I rightfully felt out of place.
No fine wine here. No micro-brewery beer either. But the Busch and Miller High Life are ice cold and equally debilitating. Cody is 40 miles to the west and the next town Thermopolis 50 miles to the east so I stay in a little shack of a hotel and enjoy pizza, and more cold beer, for my real western Labor Day cook-out.
P.S. Butch Cassidy the famed outlaw lived in Meeteetse in 1894. His partner in crime Harry Longbaugh [a.k.a. Sundance Kid] was actually born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania:Â home to great Chattanooga quarterbacks and an old acquaintance of mine Ed Steck. Wonders never cease!