Thursday, July 15, 2010
We spent last weekend in Cheyenne, Wyoming, at a campground called AB Camping and RV Park. It's a nice little place, clean and well taken care of, and they offer a great little barbecue nightly. We were pretty spoiled by the last campground we were in, so this one felt a little crowded (let's just say they know how to make the most profitable use of their space). But it was fine. We spent very little time there, because we arrived late Friday night and since we had to check out early Sunday morning, Saturday was the only day we really had for exploring. But the sights in Wyoming! Wow!
We stopped in the downtown area first where there were many shops where you can buy all the cowboy gear you want, by the sounds of it. We weren't in the market for cowboy gear, so we skipped the shops and headed further toward the center of downtown where the Wyoming State Capital Building is located. The architecture of the building is renaissance revival. Not that I know anything about architecture, I just really liked the building, so I looked it up.
Our next stop was the Vedauwoo Recreation Area which is part of the Medicine Bow National Forrest. The rock formations in this area are amazing! There's camping available here that is pretty primitive, but it'd be fun to camp there and make use of the many trails they have all through the area. I know there was much more to see there, but we were in a hurry to get to Medicine Bow Peak.
As we drove up to Medicine Bow Pass we were treated to the breathtaking beauty of snow-capped peaks, mountain lakes and streams, spring flowers in bloom, and the chill of fresh mountain air. It was jacket weather up there, where the weather turned from sunny, to cloudy, to storming with a mix of rain and ice, then back to sunny again, several times while we were up there. We were really hoping to see some wildlife in the meadows up there, but surprisingly, we didn't see any, unless you count the mosquitoes. Ouch! They bite hard! It felt like being bit by the gnats up in the boundary waters, in Minnesota. If you've ever been bitten by those things, you'll know what I'm talking about. Those things make you bleed.
If we could, we would spend weeks up in this mountain area. The lakes are so beautiful, amongst the backdrop of snowy mountains, and they were so clear, so cold, and so full of trout! People were catching them there, but not us, only of course, because we didn't want to pay for a fishing license for just one day.
Trevor got me with a snowball, but I missed him, and got Andy, who seemed to be a little offended. It's been awhile since Andy's walked on snow. He seemed to not know what to make of it a first.
We reluctantly left the mountain that day, but as we did, a beautiful rainbow ushered us out. The rainbow is symbol of a particular promise God made to us. It made me think of one of His other promises in Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” He has surely given me the desires of my heart, more than I could have ever imagined.
I hope these pictures give you just a little taste of God's magnificent creation.
Love, Trevor and Roni