Born In A Barn, the fun event I attended yesterday, is located on a country place just outside Sheridan, Wyoming. Now, I’ve been to Sheridan many times, and we usually drive Highway 16 to Buffalo, Wyoming, hit Interstate 90, and fly north to Sheridan. But if I’m driving, I prefer two lane highways to Interstates. So, yesterday, I took my usual route to Born In A Barn. Ten Sleep to Buffalo then on to Ucross, Wyoming, population 26. Taking a left at Ucross, we head north until we reach a hayfield full of parked cars and happy attendees at BIAB.
Don’t go so fast, though, and miss Ucross!
Those of you who are fans of Longmire should know that Craig Johnson, author of the New York Times Bestseller mystery series, lives in Ucross.
The random selection of houses and the fire department building that makes up the hamlet is also infamous for something else. The Ucross Foundation is headquartered there. Promoter of the arts, the Foundation takes in artists and gives them the quiet of the High Plains to create. The website is interesting to visit. What has always caught my eye though is the beautiful grounds.
Driving by, a little stone chapel sits nestled among the trees.
Fog lay quietly in the valley adding to the ”English” look of the chapel. I hadn’t ever stopped before, but my friend L. and I couldn’t resist.
Come to find out, this chapel is based on one in New Zealand. Isn’t it beautiful? We wondered if the door would be unlocked… and it was!
Honestly, this place moved both L. and I. This, I thought, would be a place I could worship in. If I lived close, I could see myself visiting often. Cozy. Serene. Peaceful. All of these and more. Oh, and did you notice? While the outside is of Montana stone, the inside is reclaimed timber with a log cabin look.
The stained glass window. The massive light fixture. The windows. The door.
It has the feel of a small family chapel that welcomes all visitors.
It has Spirit.
And I haven’t even shown you the memorial gardens yet.Find me here!