Sunday, July 22, 2012

Road Trip Day 15: Laramie, WY

The last stop on our journey was in Laramie, Wyoming. We had initially anticipated going all of the way to Cheyenne, but we found a good deal on a hotel in Laramie, so why not? We had no idea what to expect, but we knew that the University of Wyoming was there, so something else had to be...

The drive across Utah and Wyoming was beautiful. Both of these states are full of mountains and rolling hills. Utah is very lush and green through the mountains, whereas Wyoming is still rolling hills, but dry and colorful rock. I've driven most of Wyoming before, but had never been in the far southwest area. We passed the Flaming Gorge, which is amazing. I visited there a few years ago, and the colors in the gorge are just unbelievable.

Scenery by the hotel in Laramie
We arrived in Laramie in the late afternoon and didn't waste much time at the hotel. We headed into town to check out Altitude Chophouse and Brewery. They had a huge lineup on tap with some very unique beer choices. As usual, we went through the sampler and chatted up some of the locals. At one point, the brewer was sitting next to us, so we got some great information, but it was brief. They were preparing for a beer festival that was taking place two days from then. We were sad that we would miss it because it sounded like a lot of fun, but one night in Laramie was probably plenty!

From there we headed to The Library, which across the street from the campus of the University of Wyoming. It was a sports bar themed like a library, giant tv's everywhere and tons of sports on. We grabbed a couple more beers and had a filling dinner. There wasn't a lot going on, especially since it was a week night and school isn't in session, but this is probably a really popular place during the school year!

On the way back to the hotel, we took a drive through the campus, which was really nice and then headed back. We hung out at the hotel for the rest of the night, had a couple drinks, read...relaxed and went to sleep. Not overly exciting...but we'd had a long couple of weeks and we had a 15 hour drive the next day.

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