A Pair of Weekend Road Trips to Denver and Wyoming

Mary biking the Medicine Bow Forest of Wyoming between Laramie and Cheyenne.

Mary and I drove last weekend to Denver on Saturday and to the Medicine Bow Forest between Laramie and Cheyenne on Sunday. We discovered that Denver has created a short section of whitewater at Confluence Park, where the South Platte River and Cherry Creek meet, and we arrived on the day of a big party, the RiverFest. We enjoyed the crowd and a smoked turkey leg but didn’t try standup paddleboarding. We rode our bikes along Cherry Creek and visited Cheeseman Park.

We drove to Wyoming on Sunday to escape the Colorado heat. Laramie and Cheyenne are in the plains but the Medicine Bow Forest between them is mountainous, cool, windy, scenic and uncrowded even on weekends.

The Riverfest at Confluence Park where the South Platte River and Cherry Creek meet.

A mountain in the Medicine Bow Forest is a scenic area to escape summer heat.

This ornate building houses Denver North High School.

Wildflowers and rocks in the Medicine Bow Forest.

Should we go to Laramie or Cheyenne? Life is a series of hard choices.

A few stands of aspen have crept in among the pines of the Medicine Bow Forest.

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