We traveled west to Rawlins, Wyoming, where we stumped at a Take Back the Night celebration at Bolton Park. Liz, the kids and I walked about a crowd of about 300 passing out campaign cards and striking up conversation. There was a woman there with an Elect Amy Bach for Carbon County Attorney. She’d been working the crowd for awhile and told me she simply really believed in Ms. Bach. (If more people were that proactive about politics.) …The next day we traveled north, stopping in Elk Mountain, Wyoming (pop. 192). After the family fanned out (as much as you can ‘fan out’ in downtown Elk Mountain) passing out fliers, and the like, I talked first with Pat Eastman. He said his grandparents rode out the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, and they had to learn to sacrifice. He said the same should apply today. That is, he explained in regard to government spending “…everywhere you look there’s waste.” His response: “Let’s fix it.” That is, we need to reign in extraneous government travel, turn the lights off at night in government buildings… common sense… I then went to the Crossing Cafe in Elk Mountain where I talked with owner Ken Casner, who is running as an independent for State Senate. He also ran for governor in 2002 (got 1,975 votes) and mayor of Elk Mountain (lost by eight votes). While running for mayor, he proposed the town by equipment (like a bush hog), and when it was not being used, rent it out to town citizens. Again, frugal common sense. He also said he served for 27 years in the Army and, at one point, said he could often complete his eight hour job in two and a half hours. His proposal is to use some service people for Federal Highway projects, and the like, to help improve America’s infra-structure. Note: Mr. Casner’s slogan: Chew on my Ideas… You don’t have to swallow them… Get out and vote! Note 2: We took the kids to the river here to swim. Here we met Dawn Kenneda, her children and their two: racoons. Cutest things. They had been found stranded in the woods as babies and the Kennedas (the father, Brian, is the area Game Warden) took the racoons in and have raised them the past three months. The racoons allowed people to hold and pet them, the family dog played with the racoons… it was quite a sight. Dawn said the racoons would be released this week (in a gradual way) back into the wild. In Wyoming, Dawn added, people can sign up to take wild animals in that have been abandoned, and the like.