Fort Collins to Casper

The final leg of the drive up to Casper, WY was today. We officially crossed over 1000 miles of driving this week. Might not be much for some folks, but that’s a ton for us Bailey’s! My morning began with a really hot yoga class in Fort Collins, followed by a delicious cup of coffee from Harbinger Coffee. It was super tasty. A great spot, knowledgeable owner, and wonderfully made small batch coffee. I enjoyed a cup by Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters and can’t wait to drop back in to try a couple other types later in the week.

Harbinger Coffee in Ft. Collins, CO

Harbinger Coffee in Ft. Collins, CO

After our morning coffee {for me} and chai {for B}, we grabbed some food for a picnic lunch and dinner at our hotel tonight (according to my research Casper didn’t look very vegan friendly and I’m SO glad I grabbed dinner in Fort Collins).  We took the scenic route into Wyoming, per the suggestion of the coffee guy that morning. It was a beautiful drive that wound through mountains – full of evergreens and lots of big rocks. Such a green and beautiful landscape! An hour and a half north we arrived at our lunch destination – Vedauwoo Park outside of Laramie, WY. As we pulled into the park heavy clouds began rolling in and by the time we sat down at the covered picnic tables the rain had started. I was never more grateful for a gazebo to sit under to stay dry. In addition to rain, the wind picked up and the temps dropped into the 50’s. I’m not complaining about this at all. Beneath my shivering, I was trying to enjoy the cooler weather since it is June. I wasn’t going to get this weather at home!

Lunch View from the Picnic Tables

Lunch View from the Picnic Tables

Thunderstorms rolling in

Thunderstorms rolling in

After lunch the storms started to roll out and the sun reappeared. We were able to walk around the park a bit and stretch our legs. The giant granite rocks against the evergreens and aspen trees were quite beautiful. The landscape is so different from Northwest Arkansas. I love home, but seeing and experiencing something far from home is such a wonderful thing.

Vedauwoo Park

Vedauwoo Park

Selfie in front of giant granite rocks

Selfie in front of giant granite rocks

After our stroll, we packed back up the Subaru and headed the 3 hours north to Casper. The landscape totally flattened out into gently rolling hills and wide open sky. We saw a few groups of antelope along the way, along with some animals we weren’t sure of (sort of groundhogs/squirrels) slowly crossing the highway. We made it to Casper by dinner, picked up our packets for tomorrow’s marathon and are resting the legs for the 6:30 am race start tomorrow! The forecast has a 50% chance of thunderstorms through 10 am, so it might be a soggy race. Fingers crossed the scattered storms are around us and not raining on us!

Vedauwoo Park - one more picture!

Vedauwoo Park – one more picture!

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