July | Seeing my State
Two days before I left for vacation, I hopped in my friend’s car for an adventure to a lake hidden in the mountains outside of town. She wanted to fish; I just wanted to take pictures.
We didn’t find the lake, but we spent an hour or so driving along on a dirt road, watching the sun slowly sink behind the mountains, and, hanging my hands out the open window in the summer breeze, I thought to myself what could be more beautiful than this? seriously.
In the year since I’ve moved to Wyoming, I’ve done some exploring, but I’ve always stayed close to home. After all, when your county is three times the size of Rhode Island…. well, there’s a lot to be seen just in your backyard. And the beauty of the region I live in so often knocks me over, it’s hard to leave, sometimes.
I drove close to a thousand miles on my week-long vacation through the state with my family. Through sage brush desert, red rock buttes, and green valleys–through a city with cottony trees that reminded me of New England beach town. Every 50 miles or so, the landscape changed, until we arrived at the Tetons, which *might* be the most beautiful country in America [I’m pretty biased, though]. Everywhere I turned, there was just magnificent beauty, too much to document, too much to even process, even.
It blew my mind that this state that I had lived in for an entire year was so beautiful, so diverse, so wonderful. My family was seeing more of Wyoming in a week than I had in a year, and I was a little ashamed of that–mostly, though, I was grateful to have the opportunity [and excuse!] to travel with them and see such great landscapes.
This summer, my goal is to simply explore more–locally, and less locally. I want to know every part of little-big Albany County [except for the corner with the rattlesnakes!], but I also want to explore almost-ghost towns and see all the state parks that this huge, quiet state has to offer.
It’s so easy to get caught up in work, and errands that need to be done on the weekend, but, to be cheesy and end this with a quote–
“The world’s big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”–John Muir.
Happy July, friends. May your travels take you all over your magnificent state this month.
Shannon Broderick is the managing editor of Atlas Addict Quarterly.