Monday, September 24, 2007

Monday in Riverton, WY

Woke up and it's a rainy day in Riverton, WY. But, it's a nice quiet rain and a refreshing change from the flooding rains that we have. Spent the day at US Energy Corp., getting to know the company. Great group. After lunch, Hal and I went for a drive to Lander and to the Eagle Bronze Foundry. This is the foundry that produced the cattle in Dallas (each sculpture was created by Robert Summers and is believed to be the largest continous sculpture of its kind in the world), the mustangs in Las Colinas, the conquistador in El Paso. Large scale projects. The tour was impressive. I couldn't help thinking that some of the bronzes at Perot Systems were created. For me personally, the Payne Stewart statue at Pinehurst was impressive. The level of detail and the process is amazing.
Eagle Bronze Foundry:
Sitting at the base of the Rocky Mountains beside the windswept plains of Wyoming Eagle Bronze Art Foundry produces world-class art and sculpture for some of the most famous artists and collectors. The foundry was started in 1986 by Beverly and Monte Paddleford. Beginning as a family business, it has kept the strength of its founder’s ties alive in a new generation as daughters and sons-in-law have grown up and come into the business. The foundry is renowned for quality and ships fine art casting to clients throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Europe and the Middle East. The sculpture mix ranges from small jewelry-sized pieces through monumental castings in both bronze and stainless steel alloys.
Dinner with Hal and his girlfriend was in Hudson, Wyoming, at Svilars Steak House, on Main Street, owned by Mike Svilar (who helped start USEG and is also Secretary and General Counsel for the company). Mike joined us for dinner. Another enjoyable evening. Don't want to go back to Dallas the company has been so great. Only wish it didn't rain all day so I could see the sun and the mountains. Maybe next time.
Back to Dallas tomorrow. Hopefully the flights will be uneventful.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Travel Day on Sunday to Wyoming

Yesterday, we went out on the bike -- my first time on it in months. It was a good day. Went to Tony's jobsite, then went to Sharky's after deciding not to go to Octoberfest -- which I didn't want to do anyway. Then, called Mike Clark, and Steve Smith and Damon and other bikers. Mike was on his way to Susan's and would meet up with us. Where to ride? It was quiet and pretty boring at Sharkys. Mike showed up and we went to Pub Monkeys near Woodbridge. And then rode to Lake Lavant (spelling? -- need to look it up). Called Pete and asked him where Bob lived. Bob called and we went and saw where "the other half lives" -- on his boat. And then a couple of cocktails. Then dinner. Needless to say, a long day and I had to catch a plane for a long day of travel to Riverton.

Not bad. Got up at 5 am, took a shower and then climbed back into bed while my hair dried. Tony headed to the course at 7 am and then I went stir crazy (go figure). Finally, went to the airport, headed to the Admirals Club and did the crossword puzzle, then off to Denver. Uneventful flight. Got to Denver. Didn't realize I have never been in Denver's airport. Cross another off of the list. Denver's airport has three terminals, with a train inbetween them and then a separate place for baggage claim. Flew into C, flying out of A -- on Great Lakes Airline. Another first for me.

Great Lakes Airline operates like some of the AA flights at DFW. You head downstairs (meaning: you're walking outside and then up the stairs to get on the plane). Yep. Get on a plane. Yes, a prop plane. Keep wondering if I'll get my baggage. Oh well. The flight is bumpy, but I can see mountains and views. Yellowstone looks really pretty close.

Get to Riverton and Reggie Larson from US Energy Corp. picks me up. And then find out that my bags didn't make the flight. He's the founder's (recently passed) grandson -- later, as I find out, the second oldest of 21 grandchildren! We head to the Holiday Inn. Check in, have a couple of beers, and then head over to his and Elisa (wife -- don't know spelling) and Jackson (9.5 month old son) house. And then go for a drive to see some mule deer and the city (pop. 10,000) and then to dinner.

Just as we're leaving dinner, Reggie's grandma and aunt show up. So, we went in and had another drink with them. It's so amazing to meet all of the people in this family and be introduced to them. It's a close family. I guess we have a bit of that with our families, but we are so spread apart. This family all seems to be within a few hours of each other.

Dropped me off. Supposedly, my bags on on their way to the hotel. Should be here around 9 pm. I really want to put on my PJs and get some sleep. Tomorrow should be even more. I'm enjoying this trip so far -- even without my luggage. Too bad the Bears lost to the Cowboys.

Trivia: Riverton is featured in the short story "Brokeback Mountain" by E. Annie Proulx, as the home of one of the story's protagonists, Ennis Del Mar

Friday, September 21, 2007

Riverton, Wyoming

On Sunday, I'll be Riverton Wyoming bound to meet with US Energy Corp., a company Eisenberg And Associates picked up last year towards the end of annual report season. My second trip to Wyoming, this one with the locals. FYI: Riverton is smack in the center of the state. I'm flying into Denver on American and then from Denver to Riverton -- I believe on an airline called Great Frontier, or something like that. Get in on Sunday, head back on Tuesday. Trying to figure out what to pack since it's going to be chilly.