This post is sponsored by Wyoming Tourism. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.
I know, it’s been a while. I’ve taken the month off of Hike Like A Woman because of this little (I mean, huge terrifying, overwhelming) new thing in my life but I’m back!
So let’s talk about why you need to plan a Girls Weekend…
Twice a year I plan an adventure for my friends.
We’re all at that stage in life where we’re focused on our young families, our careers and everyone and everything except taking care of ourselves.
We look forward to these adventures, the chance to take a break, be with friends and explore the great outdoors together.
Together we’ve summited tall peaks, white water rafted, backpacked, snowshoed, car camped, cross-country skied to backcountry cabins and backpacked along scenic and remote trails.
Since most of us live in Laramie, Wyoming and we’re usually pressed for time our adventures typically occur here in the Equality State.
Like most locals, I take for granted the beauty that is out my front door and the easy access that we have for things like hiking, cross-country skiing, fishing, mountain biking and rock climbing.
It wasn’t until I was able to invite four women from my Ambassador team, who don’t happen to live in Wyoming. to join me for a short trek along a section of the Continental Divide Trail in the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest.
Our adventure began in Laramie. As we drove over the Snowy Range Scenic Byway there was excited chatter in my truck. We stopped for photos of antelope on the prairie, and then wildflowers, waterfalls, yellow-bellied marmots, and of course, mountain views that simply can not be captured in just a photograph.
I was reminded why my husband and I chose to live and raise our children here.
The night landed us in Saratoga, soaking in the warm of the hot springs.
The next morning we were up bright and early ready to hit the Continental Divide trail, afternoon thunderstorms are typical in the summer months so it’s crucial to get an early start when you know you’ll be hiking above timberline.
Here’s a video that Wyoming Tourism put together documenting our trip.
For two days we hiked, laughed, unplugged for digital devices and soaked in the beauty of this part of Wyoming.
Friendships were strengthened, bonds were formed and our hectic lives slowed down just for a moment.
I can’t say that everything about the trip was perfect or went exactly as planned, that never happens on any outdoor adventure – sometimes misadventure is what makes the experience memorable.
But I can say that sharing this trip with a few close friends was one that I’ll never forget.
And, if you’re looking for a place to plan that perfect Girls Weekend ~ come visit us here in Wyoming.