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A Sunday afternoon hike in a high plains desert

Looking like Moab

I’m continually delighted by the high plains desert terrain around the town of Laramie, Wyo., where we’ve lived for almost one year.  Every time I venture outdoors in the ample open space that surrounds the town I find intriguing things.

The high plains desert just east of Laramie

Like an ancient-looking stream bed that reminded me of deserts in Utah.  I love walking on the exposed granite with trees, grasses, wildflowers, sage brush, cacti and shrubs growing out of it.  It almost looks like someone came in and did the landscaping; nature truly is the best landscaper.

Butterflies thrive here

Right now the butterflies are feasting on the bounty provided by the abundant wildflowers. With few people around and wide open space this is a superb place to let the dogs loose to run and explore.  Though the arid nature necessitates that we bring water for the pups.

The dogs love all this space to roam but it’s dry so I bring water for them

Though sometimes after rainfall the dogs find water in the numerous stone bowls carved out by erosion over millennia.

The stone bowls carved out by erosion make perfect little watering holes for the dogs after rain

Little obscure Laramie has so much more than initially meets the eye.  I bet a lot of communities do as well.  All it takes is a little initiative to get outdoors and explore.

Walking west back towards town with the Medicine Bow Mountains on the horizon

Life is better when you get outdoors.

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