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Away from the Grind

Break “away from the grind”, on the trail, into the wild. Our site contains info and photos to invite you to wander into some of the wonders of the American West.

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Sheep Mountain Trail, Centennial, WY

Highlights: This is the mountain that everyone sees but few explore, the eastern most spur of the Medicine Bow Range. From the road the mountain simply looks like a narrow ridge. But don’t judge a book by its cover. The mountain top is a big surprise, a long basin with flowing streams, abundant wetlands and […]

Spring and Fall Hikes at Guernsey State Park

For spring hikes nothing in southeast Wyoming beats Guernsey State Park. If you think you know the place, popular for its camping, swimming and water skiing, but have never been up on the cliff tops, think again. During the 1930’s the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed six interlocking trails that reach from the […]

Fishing for Fossils near Fossil Butte, WY

Over the holiday weekend we went fishing near Kemmerer, WY. At Fossil Lake.  But Fossil Lake dried up 50 million years ago.  The fish? Herring and bass. Dead, flattened, buried and fossilized. Pressed between layers of limestone like flowers in a book. Fishing in rock, yet fishing it was. Our rod and reel? Hammer and chisel […]

Cottonwood Draw Falls: Not for everyone

This waterfall isn’t for everyone. It’s out of the way. On no maps. Not that big. And it requries a real bushwack to reach. Plus it’s seasonal, flowing well only during the wet spring. But waterfalls with a sheer drop are rare in our part of the state. So for waterfall aficionados I’ll let you […]

Reese Mountain: Saved for You!

(Note: This piece was written for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and published on Jun 22, 2006 along with a companion article by Cara Eastwood. Shortly following its publication, for unknown reasons, Mr. Broe thankfully ended his long effort to acquire the mountain. It’s yours! Enjoy the wildest place in Southeast Wyoming!) Reese Mountain belongs to […]

Boars Tusk: By any other name….

Give it a more captivating name and this ancient volcanic plug just might be a tourist destination. How about the Black Cathedral or perhaps Druid’s Throne?  It is dark, mysterious, a weathered old ruin rising on a circular dais, jabbing the heavens, more ready to curse than bless… Or the Dark Flame?  That captures its shape and […]