On Friday, we left Colorado via Fort Collins. We had a great stop in this college city and decided to head over to the flagship location of New Belgium Brewing. We had a flight of beers and chatted with a retired chemistry professor for over an hour. I went to check out and two of the friendly bartenders asked where we were from and I told them our story. Soon, we were showered with free stickers, beer, and bottle openers. New Belgium is employee-owned and appears to treat their employees and customers well. We will feel good about buying their beer in the future.
We then drove to Laramie, Wyoming to sleep. When we woke up, we drove another 3.5 hours to Rock Springs, Wyoming. People call this state “The Big Empty” and they aren’t kidding. We’ve never been in a state so devoid of people. The landscape is incredible, though. We woke up early Sunday morning and made the drive to Grand Teton. Here are some photos from our drive:
This morning, we changed our site to the quiet and beautiful Lizard Creek Campground and went for a hike at Christian Lake, in the center of the park. We were nearly the only people on the trail, which was filled with wildflowers. We were happy to have our bear spray with us!
Talk to you from Yellowstone!