I don’t think it’s a secret that there are mountains in southern Wyoming, but I was surprised to see how green it can be just 30 miles, or so, west of Laramie in the Medicine Bow Mountains and the Snowy Range. After our departure from the town of Saratoga, after our North Platte River trip (see previous blog post), we continued our trip on WY-130 heading east towards Laramie.
Our first stop was at Lake Marie. As you can see from the photos there is snow on those peaks in late July. There are two parking areas at either end of the lake and we stopped at the one further west. There were plenty of visitors and the parking area was nearly full.
Further east is a sort of rock lookout tower . . .
. . . . overlooking an immense park.
We spent more than an hour looking around walking and taking photos.
Continuing on WY-130 we ended up in Laramie.
Back in Colorado, heading south on US-287, is a historical marker for Virginia Dale. I stopped there back in 2000 while traveling alone and thought it was interesting, so we stopped and I took a photo. I think those markers can be interesting. Note that it was placed in 1935.
I’m sure our return trip along I-80 would have been faster, but this was certainly worth the side trip and extra time.
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