Be Nice to Box Canyon

Have you strolled through Box Canyon lately? It's one of my favorite places to go when I just have a few hours and need to get outside. Our kids love climbing the rocks. We love having picnic dinners in the canyon. Or packing library books in to read as we're perched on the top of a rock formation. We go there at least once a week. I love Vedauwoo and a walk through Box Canyon is the perfect place for families. But lately I've been sad, and angry when I walk through the canyon. Because of things like this. Excuse…

Toddlers & Seniors Hit the Trail Together

A few months ago the Little Laramie Hikers, a local kid-friendly hiking group that I started a few years ago ran into another local hiking group at Curt Gowdy State Park. We were at the Visitor's Center gawking at the mountain lion and wrangling kids in the parking lot when the Seniors on the Go pulled up. The were fit, energetic and headed out on a much faster and more rigorous hike than us. I was curious about the group so I started stalking them on facebook. I learned that both of our groups had similar goals and objectives. And…

Trail Report: Turtle Rock 5/30/15

My kids woke up wild and energetic so I took them to Vedauwoo to try to wear them out. How's that for honest parenting? We hiked, and climbed on the "big big rocks" and splashed in the creek. The morning started cool and a little bit breezy but by 9 am we were down to shirtsleeves and one of my children may or may not have finished the hike pantsless. We did notice that there were several fallen trees across the trail along the upper Turtle Rock trail, so be forewarned if you're mountain biking. There were also several muddy…

Trail Report: Turtle Rock 5.5.15

I think I start to go through Vedauwoo withdrawals if I don't get up there at least once a month. Vedauwoo is a magical place. I love it there. This morning I looked at the fog and rain on top of the summit and decided to bundle the kids up anyway and head to Vedauwoo. We hiked along the eastern section of the Turtle Rock trail until they got tired, then I schlepped them out, tossed one on my back and the other in our Chariot and walked up the road and along the paved pathway through Box Canyon (just past…

Trail Report: Turtle Rock 3-8-15

It's been slow around here lately. I spent last week in Vermont with my biathlon team coaching at the National Guard biathlon championships. While I've been hitting the trails on cross-country ski--they haven't been our local trails. But this morning I broke away with a few friends to go check out the trail conditions at Vedauwoo. It was a beautiful bluebird day, the kind of spring day where we left our snowshoes in the car but wished we would have had them in certain places, microspikes in other places, our trekking poles for extra grip on the icy trail. We…

12 Trails of Christmas: Vedauwoo

When people think of Vedauwoo they think of rock climbing, or mountain biking or hiking or just lazy Sunday afternoons of scrambling on the gigantic granite boulders that rise out of the vast prairie. In the winter we think of something else...snowshoeing! If you think Vedauwoo is magical in the summer you need to go there in the winter when a blanket of white coats the landscape. Usually we just park in the parking lot outside of the fee booth and either head down the road or meander our way through the campground not really following a trail but going…

Top Spring Break Adventures Near Laramie, WY

Spring break is almost upon us. It's the time when college students plan on leaving Laramie in search of epic adventures. But, if you plan on staying in town or visiting Laramie, don't worry. There are plenty of places to explore without burning a full tank of gas. The best part about planning a spring break adventure here is that you could be wearing shorts at Vedauwoo one day and ski clothes in the Snowy Range the next. Here are our four favorite local spring break activities. 1) Night skiing or snowshoeing. A few of our favorite places for night skiing…

Top 3 Hikes Near Laramie

Do you ever have one of those days where you just have an hour or two but absolutely need to go play in the mountains? [caption id="attachment_1271" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Curt Gowdy State Park[/caption] One of the things we love about living in Laramie is that we're just a 15 minute drive from Pole Mountain, and a 30 minute drive to Vedauwoo and Curt Gowdy State Park. Here are our top 3 favorite hikes within 30 minutes of Laramie. Turtle Rock Trail: 2.3 miles of beauty in Vedauwoo. The best part about Turtle Rock Trail is stopping to boulder and take…