This blog is an attempt to notice and learn about something in the outside world each day. Outside for me generally means Laramie, Wyoming and the surrounding area (often including Northern Colorado). Laramie, in the southeastern part of the state, sits at 7,200 feet on high sagebrush plains in between two north-south mountain ranges. The Snowy Range lies to the west, rising to alpine heights over 12,000 feet with Medicine Bow Peak. The predominant forest in the Snowies is subalpine fir and englemann spruce, and snow often lingers well into July.
The Laramie Range to the east is much closer to town and much less high, allowing for a completely different environment to explore. The ponderosa pine, aspen and sagebrush areas around the rocks of Vedauwoo fill with wildflowers in the spring and allow for hiking when the Snowy Range is still impassable.
To the south, dropping down a few thousand feet to the foothills of Larmier County, Colorado, numerous open spaces invite exploration. While these sites may be windy and cold at times, they are often snow-free and accessible much earlier than Wyoming’s public lands. Spring comes much earlier to Colorado’s milder, lower elevation habitats, so I often aim south to find new flowers and birds to write about!
Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado—a two hour drive to the south—and several other beautiful wilderness areas are also huge draws for hiking and wildlife-viewing, especially in the summer months. I am not a native Laramigo, but I certainly enjoy exploring this region!