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Island Lake and Titcomb Basin: Breathtaking

Island Lake and Titcomb Basin: Breathtaking

It has been a generous summer for me in terms of how much time I’ve had in the high country of my back yard, Wyoming’s Wind River Range. For the last six weeks, I’ve gone on six epic day hikes.
On July 12, my husband, Jerry, and I hiked a 25.5-mile roundtrip hike that took us [...]

Climbing Finis Mitchell’s Mountain

Climbing Finis Mitchell’s Mountain

Last Thursday, my husband, Jerry, and I left Lander at (gasp) 3:45 am. It was a two-hour drive to the Big Sandy Opening trailhead, and our plans for the day were ambitious: to climb Mitchell Peak and get back to Lander in time for our middle son’s 5:30 pm baseball game.
We made the drive under [...]

Good Views Come to Those Who Hike Uphill

Good Views Come to Those Who Hike Uphill

I just returned from my annual hike to Shoshone Lake above my town of Lander, WY. There’s no other way to describe this 22-mile hike. It’s a grunt.
The trail is not necessarily spectacular, and in fact much of it follows a two-track and is a popular ATV trail. Solitude isn’t the reason you hike to [...]

Hiking the Bears Ears Trail

Hiking the Bears Ears Trail

The Bears Ears Trail is one of my favorite trails in all of Wyoming’s Wind River Range. This is due to the nature of the trail and the views it provides.
After a little more than three miles of switchbacks through forest, the trail opens up into alpine tundra and hands out spectacular views as it [...]

Why I Love Lander, Wyoming

Why I Love Lander, Wyoming

Someone once told me, “Happiness is a time, not a place.” I thought that it was a pretty neat way of looking at things. Still, the people in a community also help facilitate happiness. This is true for my community.
And, I certainly find happiness due to the place in which I live. A place called [...]

Biking to Frye Lake, in Wind River Range

Biking to Frye Lake, in Wind River Range

Right now, the “Switchbacks” and road that connects nearby Sinks Canyon State Park and Bruce’s Bridge to Highway 28 and South Pass, above my town of Lander, WY, is closed to vehicular traffic, which means as a cyclist you can have the 8 miles of pavement up the Switchbacks all to your self.
Or, as [...]

Running “The Bus” Trail above Lander, WY

It’s spring in Wyoming. Which means there is snow still falling. As I write this today (May 11), we’re getting pounded with snow. The forecast calls for up to 20 inches of snow in our foothills. Boo hoo! I know, the optimist would say we need the moisture, and everything will be so green come [...]

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort: “Legendary”

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort: “Legendary”

I just returned from a day on the slopes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, in Jackson Hole, WY.
I’m lucky because this world-class resort is in my backyard, just a 3-hour drive from my hometown of Lander, WY. I grew up skiing its slopes.
On Thursday I left Lander in a blizzard. More than 10 inches of [...]

Sometimes You Can’t Get the Girl out of the Frontier

Sometimes You Can’t Get the Girl out of the Frontier

I travel quite a bit to attend and present at various tourism-related conferences throughout the country.
The headline for this comes from a saying I like to use in my tourism conference presentation introductions: “You can take the frontier out of the girl but (often) you can’t take the girl out of the frontier.”
I love living [...]

Deep Creek & Ice Lakes hike is epic

Deep Creek & Ice Lakes hike is epic

As I write this blog post, it’s Oct. 4 and we’ve had 18 inches of snow fall on my hometown of Lander, Wyoming.
Boy, I’m sure glad I was able to do the epic hike to Deep Creek and Ice Lakes in the southern Wind River Range a week ago. Last Saturday, on Sept. 26, [...]