Blazing a New Trail

 

By IKE FREDREGILL

Nestled between two mountain ranges, it’s not hard to imagine how Laramie earned the nickname “Gem City of the Plains.”
Any traveler heading west on Interstate 80 over Sherman Summit after dark is sure to see the sparkling lights of Albany County’s largest municipality below as an oasis amid a vast emptiness stretching as far as the eye can see.

In Wyoming, emptiness is practically synonymous with opportunity. While the Gem City offers several interesting sites and activities, the locals know the biggest adventures are outside the city limits.

Whether it’s fishing the Plains Lakes, mountain biking down Pole Mountain or skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling through the Snowy Range, Albany County has a wealth of adventures waiting for those willing to set out and seize them.

This blog was created to give Albany County’s visitors a brief glimpse of some of what awaits at the Trail’s End.

As a Wyoming native, I’ve explored this great state and its endless opportunities for most of my life.
I spent my youth in the construction trades, helping build my community. Then, I joined the Army to see the world. After all was said and done, Wyoming called me home.

Throughout the last five years, I’ve written about the “Equality State” for the Casper Star Tribune, Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Torrington Telegram and Laramie Boomerang.

Memorializing my neighbor’s stories in print and visiting locations I’d likely never known about granted me a new perspective of Wyoming — one I’d like to share with you.

All trails lead to Laramie, and once you get here, the real adventure begins.