Ours is a 2-BR one-level home in Lander (pop. 8000) facing west to immediately adjacent foothills of the Wind River Range & upper levels within 5-6 miles, where lakes & hiking, etc., abound. Ideal for a Western vacation for a family from another section of country, who wish a comfortable base for day trips, etc., to historic sites, recreational opportunities, etc. Lander is the international HQ of the National Outdoor Leadership School, renowned for training in all forms of outdoor experience & training, mountaineering, etc. 5 driving hours from Denver & Salt Lake & Billings, MT.
Nice patio on back side facing mountains and pastures with no streets or houses obscuring the view.
Life here for us is very comfortable but not lavish. Quietly, people here mention occasionally that "folks who can't afford Jackson (where the median home price is now 1 million) are coming over here..." But not at all in large numbers: there is no boom here, rather a quiet, steady, slow qualitative growth that we appreciate. The people who do come here are usually business transfers, younger families choosing a slower, heathier lifestyle, and a few bailing out of large urban areas such as Denver.
We have a good-sized back yard with a large cottonwood tree near the house and a silver maple out closer to a fence between the yard and the pastures. Excellent grill, patio table with 4 chairs, a small toolshed, and my wife's flower & vegetable garden in the NW corner.
Neighbors quiet--rarely any sound at all--with a younger 2-teacher family across the street. People are friendly & helpful if need be--no airs whatever--but everyone minds his/her business.
The house looks small, but the living/dining area is large, with a very large, well-appointed kitchen adjacent. At back is a large comfortable den with TV (no limit on available fare), with patio access & western exposure (good for sunsets!). BRs & baths at other side; 3000 shelved books; garage & study to south.
Our neighborhood is one mile from the Main Street and is definitely in the upper-scale section of town. Easy access to the main street and all service. Lander has a fine medical establishment, 2 book stores, one second-hand bookstore, outfitting stores, one moview theatre showing current films, etc. (Riverton, 24 miles to the east, has six theaters.)
ten or so miles NE is the Wind River Indian Reservation. Sinks Canyon State Park is 4-5 miles to the west and a fine recreational base for hiking & fishing & hunting in season, along with lakes on top of the nearby Loop Road across the top of the nearby ranges.
McDougall is very quiet--5-6 cars may go by each day, with no nopise factor at all. Lander Vally High School--only a mile away--hosts various concerts during the school year, featuring notable artists from around the country.
We are a retired couple who chose to move here one year ago from the metropolis of Denver and to say we appreciate the peace & quiet is one of the understatements of this new century. There is a community swimming pool in a nearby middle school, one Safeway and one excellent independent market-drugstore-liquor store combined on Main St. We enjoy meals and reading and refreshment on our patio during good weather --300+ sunshine days a year--
This is a small Western town in a state slightly bigger than CO but which harbors barely 500,000 people. Much of is "empty" & wind-swept; the Western portion, however, contains Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, and adjacent mountain country of great, mostly-undeveloped beauty. If your taste is for these attributes, then Lander is a perfect base for your vacation.
No public transportation as such; 2 major airlines serve nearby Riverton and many serve Casper, 2 hours east
My wife & I are retired at 70 & 73, both having spent nearly all our lives in the educational field, she in elementary ed, while I was an independent school head, college president, educational consultant, and since 1991 a college Humanities instructor. Ruth speaks Spanish; I can manage sparingly in French when traveling.
We love music--mostly classical but much earlier popular too (lots of CDs & recordings with a Bose player)--and are both singers, having performed with our Denver choir at the Kennedy Center in 2006. The natural world is important to us--thus to a great extent our choice of Lander. Books in every room, along with some Western art and a few antiques. Consequently our home has a quiet environmental richness, I'd say, without exaggerating.
I am a 2-Ivy degree person & our interest in exchange rests on a wish to spend 1.5 months this fall in New Haven, CT, where I went to undergraduate school--hopefully some one there would find a Western vacation welcome!
A typical day trip of our recently may well best indicate the character of our interest as well as life here... One hour north is Dubois, a charming town an hour from the Jackson Hole, just over the pass above town. Recently we went there and then up 5 miles to Union Pass and to a lovely good sized lake--Lake of the Woods--with NO people--and walked and read in our lawn chairs, etc., following a fine lunch back at the Pass, Sawmill's. It's the tourist season, but only locals know UP and LW...myriad such opportunities abound around here, all a short distance away.