Montana, Western US

Montana Summits: Storm Castle Peak

After returning from our road trip, we still had one full day before my flight back to Denver. Never ones to waste a day of sunshine, my mom and I decided to squeeze in one more hike. So we headed down Gallatin Canyon to climb Storm Castle, a 7165 foot (2184 m) summit. This is… Continue reading Montana Summits: Storm Castle Peak

Montana, Western US

Montana road trip 2022, part I: Philipsburg, Anaconda, and the Pintler Scenic Highway

After my mom retires in two years, she’s planning to move to Colorado. And while it will be nice to have her so much closer, I’m also sad I’ll no longer have much of a reason to visit Montana on a regular basis. Last summer, I flew home for a week and we road tripped… Continue reading Montana road trip 2022, part I: Philipsburg, Anaconda, and the Pintler Scenic Highway

Western US

Eight Hours in Laramie, Wyoming

While we were camped at Vedauwoo (if you missed last week’s post, you can read all about Vedauwoo here), we took a few hours out of our day to visit nearby Laramie, Wyoming. Laramie is the third largest city in Wyoming and home to some interesting museums and quite a lot of frontier history. We… Continue reading Eight Hours in Laramie, Wyoming

Western US

Among the Rocks – Vedauwoo Recreation Area, Wyoming

Vedauwoo [vee-dah-voo]: anglicized version of the Arapaho word bi-ito’o’wu, meaning ‘earth born’ Vedauwoo Recreation Area encompasses a large collection of 1.4 billion-year-old granite outcrops in the foothills of the Laramie Mountains in southern Wyoming. Evidence of human habitation of the area dates back at least 8000 years; it is the native land of the Arapaho,… Continue reading Among the Rocks – Vedauwoo Recreation Area, Wyoming

Western US

A hidden waterfall and obnoxious geese – Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming

The final destination for our three-day weekend in Cheyenne, Wyoming was nearby Curt Gowdy State Park. Curt Gowdy State Park is located in the foothills of the Laramie Mountains, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Cheyenne. This is the native land of the Comanche, Pawnee, Crow, and Shoshone, but they were displaced in the… Continue reading A hidden waterfall and obnoxious geese – Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming

US National Parks, Western US

Pioneers on the Plains – Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming

Ask anyone who has ever gone on a road trip with me, and they’ll tell you that I planned far more things than we could possibly fit into the time we had. They wouldn’t be lying. I’m not exactly what you’d call a relaxed vacationer. But every once in a while – usually accidentally –… Continue reading Pioneers on the Plains – Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming

Western US

48 hours in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Visiting Wyoming’s capital city was not plan A for this particular outing. But when weather thwarted plan A, we found ourselves spending the weekend in Cheyenne. Prior to our departure, some of Pat’s coworkers warned him that Cheyenne was lame and to prepare to be disappointed. Perhaps they enjoy different things when they travel or… Continue reading 48 hours in Cheyenne, Wyoming