Earlier this month, I visited Cheyenne, Wyoming. I know you’re asking yourself “why Cheyenne”??? Many, many years ago when I was in Tech School for the Air National Guard, one of the airmen I hung around with was from Cheyenne. Since then I’ve always wanted to visit. Yes it’s the little things that matter :-).


When I was checking into the hotel I was asking the person at the front desk about Cheyenne, things to do, etc. Before arriving, I did a little research on Laramie, which was not too far away. I mentioned to her that I was going to drive to Laramie after I check in and had lunch. She recommended to go the scenic route and take Happy Jack Road. She also said that this way I will see these big, funny shaped rocks and it would be cool to see. Being a photographer I was all in!! Well as always things don’t go as they should. I started out on Happy Jack Road but it led to nowhere (yeah I probably messed up) so I got back on the main highway for Laramie.


Driving to Laramie I noticed some HUGE rocks on the right side of the highway…and there was an entrance to get to these rocks. I found the rocks the lady at the hotel was talking about – but it was Medicine Bow National Forest. A little background from there website: the forest extends from North Central Colorado to Central Wyoming. It is a year round recreational area. The forest also provides wildlife habitat, timber, forage for livestock, and a vital source of water irrigation, domestic use, and industry. With all that being said, I spent the next few hours at Medicine Bow National Forest. This place was so cool….and this was just a small portion of the forest.

After I finished visiting the forest, across the highway was Ames Monument.   According to the brochure, this 60-foot pyramid was built in 1882 as a monument to Oliver and Oakes Ames who were instrumental in the construction of the first transcontinental railroad.

Below are just a few of my images from my adventure. All photographs were taken with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens.

Well I never made it to Laramie. But those big, funny shaped rocks along the way made up for it all.

Too see more of my visit to Medicine Bow National Forest (and the rest of my work), please go to my website: http://www.dawnhesterphotography.com, open Special Projects, open “Medicine Bow National Forest”.








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